Cropping in NSW ranges from winter cropping where crops such as wheat, barley and canola are predominate to summer cropping such as cotton, rice maize, sorghum, soybeans and sunflowers.
Each year NSW farmers sow about 5 million hectares of winter crop and about 700, 000 hectares of summer crop.
Cropping regulations across the state can vary based on terrain, soil type rainfall and climate.
How Local Land Services can help
Local Land Services (LLS) works in partnership with farmers and farming groups to provide support, advice and best practise examples to increase productivity and profitability.
LLS cropping officers are on hand to offer assistance and advice for many of the typical cropping practises. These practises might include spreading lime or gypsum, weed control, some tillage practices (remedy of a hardpan or incorporation of a soil ameliorant), the seed sowing operation which includes fertiliser addition, insect control, biosecurity and management of stubble from the previous year.
LLS works closely with organisations such as the Department of Primary Industries to provide up to date technical advice and support and deliver research outcomes on-farm.
Training and courses
LLS cropping officers are pivotal in the delivery of education programs such as the PROfarm range of short courses, including Weed risk management, and Soils and fertilisers. They will coordinate local producer groups on timely and locally relevant topics such as crop rotation, disease and pest management and soil health.
Advice and assistance
Call 1300 795 299 to get in touch with a Local Land Services officer.
Industry collaborators and resources
Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
GRDC is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing RD&E to deliver improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.
NSW Department of Primary Industries
The Department of Primary Industries works to develop and sustain diverse, profitable food and fibre industries, and ensures best practice management of our natural resources.