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Frost research intensifies

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With frost damage now estimated to be costing growers $360 million a year, the Australian National Frost Program (ANFP) is broadening its assault on the issue... Dr Juttner says methods varied across the country, so the results could not be compared... Dr Juttner says the method ANFP researchers have now developed involves staggered times of sowing, so that when a frost event hits they can tag individual heads of different wheat and barley varieties, at the same stage of development - in other words, they can compare the effect of frost on different cultivars at a synchronised developmental stage and compare like with like...