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by Ian James
Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:02 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: 'Controlling' Weeds
Replies: 54
Views: 56210

What about the paddy melon vine.

The West Australian wheat belt covers a huge area. Farm sizes are around the 3000 to 6000 Ha. on average. Paddocks are around 100 to 300 Ha. on average. The winter is green and the summer is brown. Yes?..........No! In fact, most summers just about every property is spending weeks and thousands of d...
by Ian James
Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: Should Natural Sequence Farming become a part of the next election debate
Topic: Private Letters to Prime Minister Howard
Replies: 15
Views: 16211

What a good letter. Although I think that the answer to, and the responsability for the current degradation of our agricultural landscape lies totaly with the farmers and landholders who actualy control the day to day projects undertaken on their own properties right over the breadth of the country....
by Ian James
Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:00 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103588

Today my ponds have continued to grow. To satisfy Jodi's (my wife) curiosity I have tasted the water in the ponds and compared it to the water in the creek below the pond to see if there was any difference in salt noticable to my pallate. To my surprise there was a huge difference in the saltiness a...
by Ian James
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF in SA
Replies: 2
Views: 3039

The way to learn is to do.

I want to set up a NSF chapter in WA. More specifically on the Mortlock catchment. This drains into the Avon catchment and from there into the Swan and through Perth. I have begun my own project on my farm and this farm catchment flows into the nearby Mortlock river. The Mortlock is not a river by u...
by Ian James
Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:43 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103588

On June 30 I made an application to Nuffield Australia for a Nuffield scholarship. The topic I chose was NSF. The field of my studies I described as: I am most interested in the consequences of global warming on my area of agriculture and the ways in which we may be able to change our farming practi...
by Ian James
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103588

This morning we got up in the dark and started working on the second bank about 300 m downstream from the first. This area is different from the first in that the stream is much wider here and large sandbanks have been deposited where the flood waters have flowed in the past. Again it only took us t...
by Ian James
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103588

On the weekend we did build the first step. It took only two hours and six rock picking kids to get it in place. The pond began to develop immediately and now, two days later the leaks in the bank have plugged and the water is about to start flowing over the spill way. The pond is about 70m in lengt...
by Ian James
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:27 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103588

We about to build our first step in the creek. We are going to start by shifting nearby rock piles into the area where we will create the step. At this point in time the flow is steady and I intend to create an inpediment to the flow and just see how it silts up. I will lay it in the > facing up str...
by Ian James
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103588

It's Ian here, the farmer with the blank canvas. My farm is 150 km east of Perth just north of the great eastern highway. It is in a reliable rainfall area where we have good predictable rainfall during the winter growing season and few but generaly very heavy unpredictable summer rainfall events th...
by Ian James
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103588

NSF is working in WA

I am unqualified, I have only read Peters book and matched his writings with my own observations. At first I wanted to throw the book in the bin and go and do something useful, but by the time I was two thirds through the book I was a convert. I had started to compare what Peter was saying with what...
by Ian James
Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Would you like to visit one of Peter's projects?
Topic: Upcoming tour of NSW NSF sites
Replies: 4
Views: 6886

Upcoming tour of NSW NSF sites

I thought it could be a good idea to post in here my intention to Visit NSW with my wife Jodi, to tour as many NSF sites and meet as many likeminded people as possible. We will be leaving WA on the 5th August and will be in NSW for the week. I would really like to hear from anybody who has some near...