Mimosa Management Demonstration
The GVIA is proud to partner with one of the region's premier agronomic service providers, B&W Rural, thanks to funding from the North West Local Land Service (NW LLS) to undertake a trial project demonstrating a range of chemical management options for Mimosa (Vachellia farnesiana) in natural grasslands along travelling stock routes in the Moree Plains Shire Council region. Dow AgroSciences is also an active partner in the project and has been integral in providing expertise and the generous donation of some product for the trial.
This is a three year project scheduled to be completed by 31st March 2019. The project includes two sites located adjacent to the Gwydir Highway, approximately 10km east of Moree.
The two sites were measured out and mulched on the 13th and 15th of November 2015. A path was mulched around the perimeter of each site, through the centre and between each treatment.
Contractors were employed to treat the two sites. Treatment was initiated in November 2016 when the Mimosa was flowering. Application at this time of the year is unusual, as Mimosa does not typically flower in Spring, more usually in Autumn.
Site 1 was treated between the 7th and 15th of November 2016, while site 2 was treated between the 16th November 2016 and the 5th January 2017.
The first assessment of site 1 took place on the 31st January 2017 and site 2 on the 15th February 2017. This assessment was a visual rating of percent brown-out.
More detail is available in the handout from the July field walk.
Regional Growth - Marketing and Promotional Fund
The GVIA is thrilled to have recently recieved funding through the NSW Government Office of Regional Development to develop promotional material to support irrigated agriculture in the Gwydir Valley. The objective of the project is to promote the benefits for business, investors and skilled workers looking for better opportunities and quality of life in regional NSW.
The GVIA project; Enhancing the Potential of Irrigated Agriculture in the Gwydir Valley, will involve the creation of a series of short videos and supporting fact sheets, positioning irrigated agriculture in the Gwydir as an attractive industry with diverse career and investment opportunities.
The focus will be on the irrigated industries of cotton, pecans, citrus and olives and will target people with a willingness to learn about, and actively support, the integration of innovation into agriculture. The videos and fact sheets will be supported by advertisements designed to attract graduates to the industry, and in-field promotional days showcasing opportunities for investment or employment.