No-till cropping production
'No-till' cropping alleviates problems of soil erosion and water loss involved in traditional farming methods.
Vision and mission
Clean, green and ethical: the farm aims to envision the best practices of 2050 – but make them real, here and now.
The Future Farm 2050 Project, based at UWA Farm Ridgefield, aims to imagine the best-practice farm of 2050, and build and manage it now.
The University of Western Australia acknowledges that the Ridgefield Farm is situated on Gnaala Karla Boodja, and that the Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land, and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.
Why are we doing it?
By 2050, we will have to feed and clothe 50% more people without destroying the planet. Business as usual will not be good enough.
Where are we doing it?
The Future Farm 2050 Project is based on UWA Farm Ridgefield, a 1600-hectare farm near Pingelly, Western Australia. We operate across the whole of Western Australia and link into international projects.
How are we doing it?
It is a big problem and it is multidisciplinary. We are using crop science, livestock science, resource economics, architecture and landscape architecture, electronic engineering, solar energy, water management, animal and plant ecology.
What are we doing?
The foundation is agriculture for food production based on a profitable mixed-enterprise farm, at the cutting edge of practical technology. We are doing much more in our four pillars of activity:
- Clean, green and ethical animal production
- The clean, green, ethical (CGE) concept drives UWA's teaching and research in animal industry and is embedded in the development of the UWA Future Farm 2050 production systems for sheep (meat and wool).
- No-till cropping production
- Cropping systems, primarily for the production of wheat and canola, will integrate information on climate, soil, crop biology and pests (insects, diseases, weeds) with economic and management drivers, such as climate change.
- The built environment for home and industry
- The Farm Manager's home makes the use of state-of-the art design and materials for energy and water efficiency to provide a comfortable and beautiful haven away from the rigours of farm work.
- Contributing to the local community
- The UWA Farm Ridgefield needs to be a good neighbour, to contribute to the local economy, and to serve as a link between research and industry and between the city and country.