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Clay trials on dryland dairy pasture improving nutrient retention

Farm trials using clay as a soil amendment are starting to show positive results in improved nutrient retention. Dr Brad Degens, senior soil scientist at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation said that adding clays to pasture soils can improve water retention and help build organic matter, with potential benefits for reducing nutrient losses...
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Farm trials confirm IMG effectiveness on dairy farms

Farm trials undertaken through Healthy Estuaries WA using the soil amendment Iron Man Gypsum (IMG) are continuing to build confidence in the effectiveness of IMG to improve soil nutrient retention. Results of three trials through the State Government’s Healthy Estuaries WA program have again confirmed that a single top-dress application to pastures can significantly improve retention...
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Farmers get hands-on with soil testing

You’d never put oil in your car without checking your dipstick, and the same is true with applying fertiliser on farms. Knowing what’s in your soil before you start applying nutrients is vital. Recently, an enthusiastic group of Geographe farmers learnt the ropes on how take their own farm soil samples as a part of...
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Innovative approach to managing algal blooms in the Lower Vasse River

An innovative water treatment trial is due to begin in Busselton’s Lower Vasse River in November as part of the State Government’s Revitalising Geographe Waterways program. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will be leading a Phoslock application in the river with the aim to reduce summer algal blooms. Phoslock is a commercially available...
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Complexity of Busselton flood protection revealed

With thousands of people living in Busselton only meters above sea level, a lot of work goes into protecting the city from flooding. 43 community members witnessed firsthand the complexity of the local drainage network on a recent bus tour of the Geographe catchment. GeoCatch organised the tour in response to community concerns over flood...
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Award-winning uPtake partnership project celebrated in the regions

Completion of four-year trial to improve on-farm nutrient use marked at regional events 52 fertiliser trials on 36 farms across south-west Western Australia Increased farmer and industry confidence in the science behind phosphorus fertiliser recommendations Celebrations have been held in the Ferguson Valley and Albany, following four years of phosphorus trials to improve nutrient use...
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Reflecting on a decade of science and management of the Vasse Wonnerup

In April 2013, a mass fish kill in the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands was a pivotal moment in how the wetlands are managed. Reflecting on the past 10 years, scientists and managers came together last week to present to the community at an update hosted by GeoCatch in Busselton. GeoCapes District Manager for the Department of...
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Dumping of blue dye investigation now closed

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has closed investigations into the dumping of a blue substance into the Lower Vasse River that occurred in March 2023 due to insufficient evidence. If new information becomes available, the department will review it to determine whether any action is appropriate. The substance, thought to be a dye...
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New Chair announced for the Vasse Taskforce

Hon Pierre Yang MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Water has been appointed as the new Chair of the Vasse Taskforce Vasse Taskforce to continue the important work of managing the waterways of the Geographe Bay catchment Outgoing Chair, Agriculture Minister Jackie Jarvis, thanked for her valuable contribution Water Minister Simone McGurk has announced...
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Lower Vasse River Management – Improving Water Quality

Removal of Sediment This project is part of a multi-staged approach to reducing nutrients and improving health of the Lower Vasse River. The City of Busselton aims to improve water quality of the River by progressing with the removal of sediment. Nutrient-rich sediments have built up on the bed of the Lower Vasse River over...
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