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Newsletter: WA State Report

By Nick Gillett, 2014 Scholar and Chair

December 2018

Nuffield WA is currently looking forward to our AGM and Annual Sponsors Lunch to be held on 8 February 2019 and we invite Scholars and families, investors and supporters to attend.

We are at a new venue for 2019! Our luncheon will be held at Mandoon Estate at Caversham in the Swan Valley of WA. Mandoon Estate winery was established in 2010 and is the perfect location for our event, providing an ideal ambience for networking. Following the formalities, there will be a sundowner, and dinner is also available to extend the offering.

Above: Mandoon Estate at Caversham in the Swan Valley

To RSVP, please contact Nick Gillett nick@shuttlegauge.com.au

It has been a challenging year Australia wide with lower than average Nuffield applicants and our state was no exception. WA does however welcome an outstanding addition to our Alumni in Johanna Tomlinson from Kalgan on the south coast of WA who has been awarded a 2019 Scholarship. She will investigate global soil and production management strategies with a focus on how soil acidity has become a significant threat to Western Australia’s broadacre industry. Congratulations Johanna, enjoy the journey.

Seasonal Update

The season for most of the cropping and livestock parts of the state can be best described as above average. The Northern wheatbelt is exceptional with early summer rains, excellent winter and little frost. The Central wheatbelt had a late break and a good winter. A dry September and frosts has taken the shine off in eastern and southern parts.

The great southern has been indifferent with some areas very good, some very dry and frost taking its toll. The southern coastal regions experienced a very dry start however rainfall at the tail end of the season has finished it nicely.

All the best to the 2019 Scholars heading off on adventures . Hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

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