Water and fertilizer trial planned for vegetable growers in Wanneroo, Gingin

VegetablesWA industry extension officer Sam Grubisa.
VegetablesWA industry extension officer Sam Grubisa.

A WATER and fertiliser trial is expected to help vegetable growers in the City of Wanneroo’s north and the Shire of Gingin learn to save money.

Perth Natural Resource Management and VegetablesWA are running a summer project to teach growers how to fertilise and irrigate crops more efficiently.

About 10 growers will receive advice through the project putting water and fertiliser use under the spotlight with the expertise of project leader Neil Lantzke, who has more than 20 years’ experience in vegetable nutrition and irrigation.

It will include leaf, soil and water testing on each property and a report will be written for each grower, exploring options to improve their fertilising.

Soil moisture sensors will also be installed on each property to better understand if growers are under or over watering at different times over the crops’ life.

VegetablesWA chief executive John Shannon said the project gave local growers the opportunity to access free, advice to help improve farm practices.

“There are simple changes that growers can make to improve on-farm efficiency and reduce costs, but growers do not always have access to this expertise or information,” he said.

“We are really pleased to offer this project through the Smart Farms Grant, headed up by Perth NRM.”

To get involved in the project, email Sam Grubisa at sam.grubisa@vegetableswa.com.au or call 9486 7515.