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Plan for a profitable farming system

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During presentations at the recent round of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Updates, CSIRO senior farming systems scientist Dr Lindsay Bell said significant opportunities existed to improve the efficiency of farming systems with only 29% of surveyed crop sequences achieving 80% of their potential water use efficiency... He said farming systems were also under mounting pressure from herbicide resistance, declining soil fertility and increasing soil-borne pathogens, requiring effective responses within the farming system to maintain productivity... Assessing the performance of this year's winter crop can offer enormous insight into the success, or failure, of disease, pest and weed management programs and those lessons can benefit the farming system for years to come...
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