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Ground Cover is a free bi-monthly newspaper published by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. It provides technical information for grain growers, including updates on research, trials, new varieties, farmer activities and case studies.

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Genome sequencing of the pathogen that causes the wheat disease tan or yellow spot is expected to accelerate the release of more resistant varieties and improve resistance ratings for existing cultivars... The director of the Perth-based Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens (ACNFP), Professor Richard Oliver, says estimates that the disease causes annual losses of more than $200 million in Australian cropping might be conservative... Leader of tan spot research at ACNFP Dr Caroline Moffat says the new genome sequence means her team can focus on finding sequences for Australia...
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Experiments in soil biology design a fertile future.. "If you can maximise species diversity and get that system humming, you are going to be planting your crop into a system that has enhanced nutrient cycling," he says... Increasing the amount of organic matter in the system - "getting the soil biology humming" - has recognised benefits for disease suppression, moisture retention and nutrient cycling, which Michael regards as keys to reducing inputs and the associated costs...
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New forecasting models offer hope for future water planning.. CSIRO data from the nearby Hanwood Research Station in Griffith has shown an increase in the water deficit figure (the amount of water a plant needs to grow versus the amount of rainfall received) for the May to October cereals growing season of around 30 per cent over 50 years," David says... If you know you'll have a dry spring, you may change your cropping mix or if you're a livestock farmer, you may reduce stock levels earlier than you'd planned," David says...
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GRDC Grains Industry Awards.. The initiatives aim to promote and support the development of strong industry leaders, world-class agronomists, growers and researchers and a pipeline of the same to meet future needs of the Australian grains industry... The GRDC Travel Awards are available to individuals or groups within the Australian grains industry wishing to attend a conference or undertake travel that aligns with the GRDC's corporate objectives and demonstrates benefit to the Australian grains industry...
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A commitment to adapting varieties to the high-rainfall zone (HRZ) has earned Southern Farming Systems (SFS) acclaim for its role in increasing the region's contribution to the Australian grains cheque over the past decade... Driven by a vision to make HRZ farming more profitable, six Victorian farmers founded SFS on the back of a practical research program focused on "real-world solutions" specific to HRZ conditions... Because early members anticipated waterlogging control would deliver the greatest short-term returns, resources were channelled into adapting raised-bed technology, a syste...
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The introduction of soil moisture probes is helping Tony Hamilton improve irrigation scheduling... Rainfall is unseasonal and unpredictable and has become more so in the 18 years that Tony and wife Katy have been farming west of the Newell Highway between Forbes and Condobolin in New South Wales... Last year the 1100-hectare mixed farm only received 200 millimetres of rainfall in the winter growing season, much of it in showers of two or three millimetres, and no irrigation allocation was received to augment the bore water...
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GRDC-supported PhD student Mechelle Owen has built up one of the most comprehensive pictures of the spread of herbicide resistance over the past decade... Ms Owen, who is a senior researcher with the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) in Perth, has collected and analysed thousands of weed samples to document their resistance levels to a vast suite of herbicides commonly used across Australia... Research has shown ryegrass seed collected from more heavily cropped paddocks across the grainbelt has higher rates of dormancy and herbicide resistance than those with a lighter or n...
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Testing urged for mite resistance.. Growers who find redlegged earth mites (RLEM) that have survived insecticide treatments are urged to test for resistance and start planning spring control strategies... Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) entomologist Svetlana Micic says WA growers should contact their local DAFWA office if they have had difficulty controlling RLEM this year, as this could indicate resistance to synthetic pyrethroids (SPs - Group 3A) - including bifenthrin and alpha-cypermethrin...
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Applications from more than 100 growers, researchers and agribusiness professionals gave the GRDC a hard task in forming its new advisory panels... The new panels comprise a mix of industry stakeholders, including growers, the broader grains agribusiness sector and researchers... She says her strengths are "communication, education and grain marketing" and she hopes to help shape the future of a very exciting industry: "I"d like to see an improvement in the uptake of new technology and see that R&D is spent in a way that allows graingrowers to extract value from further along the chain...
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Peta, an online marketing consultant, suggested he try the digital social media platform Twitter to expand his farming networks and since joining two years ago Tony has found himself immersed in a vast global farming community... Among the 1785 people Tony 'follows' on Twitter are growers from North America, the UK, Ukraine and from across Australia who, he says, are always doing things a little differently and are "up for a chat"... The 44-year-old, who in January had 1213 people following his own news feed, says he prefers Twitter to other social media platforms because it is based aroun...
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