Michael Moodie
Research Agronomist, Director

Innovator in Mallee Farming. Working to develop Mallee farming systems, to grow the Mallee’s future.

Central Mallee 2022


Background The risk of damage to pulse crops from pre-emergent herbicides is high on deep sandy soils such as encountered in the Mallee. In 2021 Syngenta released Reflex (240 g/L Fomesafen) which is a new pre-emergent herbicide recommended for pulse crops. However there is still concern […]
Background Variable soils are common throughout the mallee and those associated with the dune/swale topography. Growth of all pulses, except lupin, on sandhills, is poor and can result in very low biomass and grain yield. The low biomass can also lead to increased risks for erosion […]

Central Mallee 2021


Background We established a new trial site near Tempy in the Central Mallee region. We aim to continue investigating the potential for deep ripping to increase the production of pulse crops grown on deep Mallee sandy soils. Our research over the previous two seasons (2019-2020) have […]
Management details for each of the four trials is provided in Table 2.
3d Model of the Central Mallee Tempy site, Captured August, 2021
The site received 241 mm of rainfall for the year which was about 20% less than the long term average of 300 mm (Figure 1).  The site was particularly dry from January to June, with average to above average rainfall falling for the remainder of the […]
Four virtual tours were created on 5th of October, 2021
Deep ripping resulted in significant yield increase for each crop (Figure 2-5). For all pulse crops sown in our Central Mallee 2021 trial, the average grain yield produced was approximately 0.5 t/ha without ripping. Crops sown following deep ripping, average grain yields were close to 1.5 […]