This project aims to build community capacity to control agricultural weeds via education and extension in addition to trialling innovative approaches for the control of Ragwort (Secencio jacobaea). This project is is supported by funding from the Australian Government.

The projects main activities are;

1. support for well established farmer weed discussion group (known as the Community Weeds Taskforce)

2. Establishment, monitoring and evaluation of a ragwort control demonstration site.

3. Two farmer field days; one exploring and sharing knowledge on best practice for the control of ragwort in addition to other agricultural weeds the other sharing the outcomes of the ragwort demonstration site.

This project is expected to achieve a reduction in the cost of weed control for farmers and increased farm gate profits as a result of increased weed control in the region.

How to commit herbicide – a field day was held on 24th August 2017

SGLN held a successful field day on Thursday 24th August as part of its ‘Innovative solutions to controlling agricultural weeds’ project.
Over fifty participants watched demonstrations of weed spraying by an unmanned aerial vehicle – the Yamaha R-max unmanned helicopter- and ‘Weedsteamers’ steam weeder in the field day host’s organic blueberry orchard. Property owner Tim Farrell is a partner in the steam weeding business and has controlled the weeds in the orchard exclusively with his steam weeding machine.
Field day participants first looked at our ragwort control trial plots where agronomist John Gallienne explained the trial setup. The aim of the trial is to evaluate some practical control options for ragwort growing in established pastures that are appropriate for the region, including determining the cost-effective outcome of these options for landowners.
The various treatments being evaluated are:
Spray applications: -Organic herbicide
-Selective herbicide
Steam treatment
Plant nutrients and/or lime – depending on soil test results
Control – untreated
The demonstration trial activities will be recorded and mapped against the treatments. The results will be available to the farming community in the region at a trial site ‘paddock walk’ in January 2018 and the field day in early March 2018. Information will also appear in Landcare newsletters and the local press.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian government.

Field day notes are available to download here

Ragwort info sheet is available to download here

Safe use of agrichemicals fact sheet is available to download here

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South Gippsland Landcare Network

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and meet. The South Gippsland Landcare Network stretches from Mt Best to Mt Lyal, and along the prom coast. It’s made up of 16 local groups working to preserve and protect the natural environment, while also enhancing the long-term sustainability of farming in this part of Victoria. We’re proud to work across both Bunurong and Gunaikurnai country, and to recognise the rich history embedded in this land we now share. As a network, we’re a diverse group – made up of primary producers, hobby farmers, tree changers, backyard gardeners and environmentalists of all sorts. This page is part of our community, so we welcome feedback and input from anyone who’s interested in having a voice here.
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Save the date!

We have our first official event of 2021 on February 7th from 10am to 12.30pm at the Hallston Hall. The topic for this workshop will be Regenerative Agriculture 101.

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Future Drought Fund

Eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs will be established in Australia’s major climatic and agricultural zones across regional Australia. Hubs will be networks of researchers, primary producers, industry groups, community groups and others.

Although this program is focussed primarily on researchers, it is important that Landcare be recognised as an important pathway for adoption. Landcare Victoria has commenced discussion with a research group with this in mind. Groups interested in a possible future role should contact SGLN to discuss their ideas.

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund
South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Landcare Farming launches My Landcare Legacy campaign

Celebrating National Agriculture Day on November 20, Landcare Australia, in partnership with the National Landcare Network (NLN), have launched a national Landcare Farming campaign ‘My Landcare Legacy’ to engage primary producers to share their Landcare stewardship story.

Landcare means different things to different people. At its very roots, Landcare is about people coming together and caring for the land to preserve our natural resources and biodiversity for generations to come. Over the next year the Landcare network is looking to explore farming stewardship stories and experiences, and are inviting other farmers and their industry to participate.

The ‘My Landcare Legacy’ campaign is the first step in building broader recognition of Landcarers who have been developing and supporting adoption of improved practices in Australian agriculture for over 30 years.

Landcare Farming Program Manager Mick Taylor says that “Landcarers have an opportunity to share what drives their passion for good farming practices and environmental stewardship in their business. By simply recording a video, Australian producers and land managers can share with the community why they are passionate about being good stewards of their land – and their vision for our farming future.”

Standout producers, networks and their Landcare projects will be identified during the campaign with Awards presented for best video, rising star award, best actor, longest distance a kit has travelled.

https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcarefarming/

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