Stubble initiative videos

As part of the stubble project, ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in Victoria and Tasmania’ (BWD00024) a number of video clips informing growers on various aspects of stubble retention.

Residue management

Using choppers to  manage residue

Victorian No-Till Farmers Association’s Past President Wayne Adler discusses his 30ft Controlled Traffic, zero-till farming system. In this feature, Wayne specifically addresses the importance of residue management in his system. Even and uniform spread across the full width of the header front is key to making Wayne’s system work.
Wayne farms with his family in Victoria’s Wimmera.

Residue management in the Mallee

Mallee farmer and Vic No Till member Alistair Murdoch discusses his approach to residue management.

Residue management in a no till system

Good residue management is good for crops. The more stubble you retain, the more cover you have on your soil, and the more water your soils can retain. Wimmera agronomist and Vic No Till member Ben Cordes says “It’s about creating a bigger bucket.” Residue management starts at harvest time. The goal is to get even distribution of chaff and straw across the full width of your header front. Good residue management is the key to a no-till system.



Seeding equipment


SFS seeder comparison demonstration

As part of our National Stubble Initiative, Southern Farming Systems (SFS) with grower support designed a paddock scale trial with 15 different seeding systems to allow growers to see first hand how best to maintain profitability while retaining stubble in their farming systems.

Different Seeders Different Yields: Local R&D providing valuable solutions for HRZ grain growers

As part of GRDC’s stubble initiative, Southern Farming Systems held a demonstration trial in June 2015 so High Rainfall Zone grain growers could see a wide range of seeders in action in one place. This video takes us back to the trial site to learn how seed placement affected yield.


Seeder demonstrations

Austplow seeder

Boss tyne

Gason seeder

John Deere ConservaPac

Massey Ferguson seeder

Kiernan Molloy Morris


Seed Hawk seeder

Simplicity seeder

Controlled Traffic Farming

Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) is a farming system built on permanent wheel tracks where the crop zone and traffic lanes are permanently separated. By keeping machinery on permanent wheel tracks in every paddock your profitability and sustainability can be improved. The concept of CTF is not new. CTF has been researched and implemented for nearly two decades with Australia’s CTF pioneers coming from both research and farming backgrounds, so the benefits of the system have been measured in all soil conditions and climate zones. Still, the jury remains undecided in a few geographical pockets, making farmers, advisors and agronomists question if the system of conforming to wheel tracks is really worth it.

Controlled Traffic Farming and residue management

VNTFA Bendigo 2011 Controlled Traffic Farming & Residue Management Session – Part 1

VNTFA Bendigo 2011 Controlled Traffic Farming & Residue Management Session – Part 2

VNTFA Bendigo 2011 Controlled Traffic Farming & Residue Management Session – Part 3

The use of bent leg openers in cereal seeding


Paired row sowing

Dr Jack Desbiolles (University of South Australia) talks to participants on the GRDC stubble project study tour about the benefits of a pair row seeding configuration in stubble retained systems.

Spraying into stubble

SFS spray boom demonstration

As part of the GRDC funded Stubble Initiative Project, Southern Farming Systems held a Boom Spray Demonstration Day on 11 September 2015 at Mininera. Here’s a video of the boom sprays in action.

Spraying into stubble

As part of the GRDC stubble initiative, Birchip Cropping Group commissioned Spray consultant Craig Day (Spray Safe & Save) to deliver a herbicide application workshop for growers at Nhill on October 9, 2014. Craig shares tips and information on how to improve results from herbicide application into stubble.



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