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The system Prolonged periods of low rainfall over the past ten years in southern NSW have prompted many growers to become more proactive and adapt to the changing conditions by modifying their farming systems... No-till, stubble retained farming systems are rapidly being adopted to maximise crop water use... Despite the many benefits of this system, the efficacy of pre-emergent herbicides remains one of the major concerns for growers who have adopted this system, and remains a barrier.....
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Clay and spading helps rebuild non-wetting soils.. WA growers with non-wetting soils are adding clay and using a spader for incorporation to lift the productivity of their farms.. Claying at a rate of 260 tonnes per hectare and using a rotary spader to incorporate the clay is a cost effective and profitable way of ameliorating non-wetting sands on a farm near Goomalling, according to preliminary trial results...
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Some wheat varieties carry a defect known as late maturity alpha amylase (LMA) which can result in low falling number at receival... The results indicate that the cool temperature shock increases the sensitivity of the grain to a plant hormone normally present in grains in varieties prone to LMA... School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Postgraduate Symposium (2010) "GA sensitivity and ABA content of developing wheat grains in relation to late maturity alpha-amylase" (oral presentation by Bo Yu to other PhD students and academics of School of Ag., Food and Wine) < Keep browsing..
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Many farmers have heard of several DSS but only a very low percentage of the farming community actually use any of DSS regularly... Funding bodies that invest in research programs are questioning the value of this investment... The research will examine DSS use with an extensive literature review into previous DSS use, decision making theoryand adoption theory combined with a survey of farm consultants to examine farmer and consultant use of DSS...
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" Herbicide tolerance screening of winter crops in NR (phase IV) - was DAQ00152.. The previous projects (phase I - III) highlighted that NR wheat & barley cultivars differed considerable in their sensitivity to herbicides... The new project will focus on increased screening of advanced wheat lines to a range of commonly used herbicides,.....
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" Flour and product colour in wheat.. Project Code: UA00094.. Researchers are striving to make noodles from Australian wheat more palatable to Asian markets, with GRDC-funded projects seeking to fend off potential competition from rival producers in North America < Keep browsing..
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" PBA PhD - Improving metribuzin tolerance in lentil.. Furthermore the project will deliver capacity to Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) through the up skilling of the scientific knowledge and capabilities, particularly in the area of plant breeding, herbicide understanding and plant physiology, to a key researcher of PBA (Mr McMurray)... and is in an area which is considered a major research objective of PBA. Expected outcome: This project will build the research capacity in PBA through delivering new knowledge, technologies and genetics to PBA lentil that will improve the metribuzin toler...
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The interface will also enable the PestFax database to be interrogated through menu driven queries and output displayed on the same web-base map interface used for logging of reports... The system will be designed to allow future enhancements such as: - operating as a national system including PestFax/PestFacts databases in other states, - operating with other database information held by organisations such as GRDC, - displaying current or historical maps of pest or disease risk together with actual observations for the relevant period... Advances in web technology now allow us to bring Pe...
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GRDC's Agribusiness Reference Groups (ARG) provide a forum for two way flow of information between agribusiness and GRDC. Representatives of agribusiness are involved with GRDC's National and three regional (north, south, west) agribusiness reference groups... The groups improve communication between GRDC and agribusiness, help identify research needs and aid dissemination from R, D and E to industry... The GRDC now consults with Agribusiness Reference Groups in all states, with the recent formation of groups in Western Australia and South Australia...
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