Current Demonstration Projects

Since its inception in 1993, SEPWA has undertaken a diverse and extensive range of trials and projects to help Esperance Port Zone growers produce premium quality wheat, barley, canola and legumes. SEPWA has a range of trial data available back to 2011. To access records from earlier years, please contact us.

Snails – Surveillance & Dissection

Site Location: Southern EPZ

Project Donor: GRDC & Host Growers

The optimal and most cost effective time for baiting snails falls just before egg laying, however knowing when this is can be difficult to determine. This project aims to equip growers and agronomists to independently conduct snails dissections to determine the snails’ readiness to lay eggs. Information is uploaded to a map so surrounding growers can also benefit from the knowledge gained. 


Snails- more effective control – 1 SITE

Site Locations: Dalyup
Project Donor: GRDC & Host Grower

This project aims to continue to develop an integrated package of new biological knowledge, surveillance and control methods. One of three Snail Sentinel cameras in WA is located in the EPZ, monitoring and logging snail movements and correlating this with localised weather. A biocontrol program is also underway with parasitoid flies released in early 2024 in Albany and Esperance Port Zones to help control pest snails

Late cereal sowing – 2 sites

Site Location: Condingup, Dalyup
Project Donor: GRDC & Host Growers

This project is examining the viability of late winter and early spring sown cereal varieties in the port zone for years when waterlogging prevents autumn sowing. 


north mallee non-wetting sand management – 1 site

Site Locations: Salmon Gums
Project Donor: GRDC & Host Grower

This project examines cost-effective water repellence management options for the northern mallee region of the Esperance port zone. 


national risk management initiative –  1 SITE

Site Location: Grass Patch
Project Donor: GRDC & Host Grower

More information coming soon…

dam catchment liner – 2 sites

Site Location: Mt Ridley, Salmon Gums
Project Donor: Community Water Supply Program, Host Growers, GRDC

This project aims to gauge the efficacy of using cost-effective materials – such as tarpaulin – to increase water run-off into dams. 

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