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Grain and Graze II
The Grain and Graze program aims to boost farm profitability and sustainability across mixed farming enterprises in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
A series of on-farm research activities focuses on cropping, pastures, livestock, profitability, feedbase management, whole-farm economics, biodiversity, social issues, and soil and water.
QMDC is one of the partner organisations. Click here to find out more about Grain and Graze II, including upcoming events and information sheets.
Aquatic Conservation Assessments for your area
Detailed mapping and conservation value information is now available for wetlands in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin. Click here.
Lower Balonne Wetland Management Plan
Situated in the most southerly portion of the Condamine-Balonne catchment, the Lower Balonne region comprises approximately 14% of the entire Murray-Darling Basin, ranging from St George in Queensland to the Barwon River in New South Wales. QMDC's Lower Balonne Wetland Management Plan (4mb pdf) reviews, summarises and targets information and identifies knowledge gaps from the myriad of available reputable historic and current research.
Helping land managers deal with climate variability
Land managers in the Maranoa-Balonne have been learning how to adapt to climate variability through the Landcare Sustainable Practices project. The project aims to deliver increased landholder engagement and adoption of sustainable and innovative Natural Resource Management, (NRM) practices by primary producers. Click here.
Establishing pastures with confidence
Landholders may consider pasture establishment to be a high risk operation. Research trials and landholder experience have shown that the pasture establishment process can be made much more reliable if some basic guidelines are followed. Click here to read more.
Adapting to changing seasonal conditions
Maintaining productivity during increasingly variable climatic conditions has led to some major management changes for one mixed farming and grazing operation near Toobeah, west of Goondiwindi. Click here to read more (182kb pdf).
Demonstrating the measurable impacts of sub-catchment planning is important to QMDC. A report completed in 2010 clearly demonstrates the estimated benefits of soil conservation works in the Moonie (Back Creek) and Upper Boogera catchments. Click here to read the report (236kb pdf).
Salinity risk assessment
Parts of the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin are at substantial risk from salinity, a new report prepared for the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) has shown. QMDC Land and Soils Regional Coordinator Jamie Gorry said the report, Salinity Risk Assessment for the Queensland Murray-Darling Region, clearly outlined a number of areas at high risk from salinity in the future. “We have some considerable areas with salinity levels where water is effectively half seawater and less than 10 metres deep,” Mr Gorry said. “Added to this threat is that some of these areas have been rising up to half a metre a year, even during the drought. This is quite worrying.” Click here to read the report (note, 4.5mb pdf file).