One way in which farmers gather information about land management strategies is to look over the fence and see what other people are doing. By talking and sharing information with other farmers and land managers, farmers have more information available to develop land management strategies that will work for them.
Across the Fenceline began in 1999 as a joint project between CSIRO, the Harden Murrumburrah Landcare Group and the Grains Research & Development Corporation. At that time the focus was on managing dryland salinity through a better understanding of the effect of different cropping practices on soil water storage, uptake and drainage to the groundwater. A key part of this project was monitoring the soil water storage.
With the end of the string of wet years mid-way through the first decade of the project, the focus turned to using the monitoring of soil water storage to better inform management decisions to increase productivity and make the best use of the water available.
The original project lapsed with the end of the involvement of partners and the need to replace equipment. It was revived in 2013, and the measurement and reporting program came into full swing mid-way through 2014.