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Drought years improve growers' use of soil moisture.. Eight years of drought have taught New South Wales growers hard-won lessons about conserving soil moisture and keeping stubbles weed-free.. Thirty or 40 years ago, south-east NSW used to be a high-rainfall, high-cost, high-input area for farming...
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Minor grains industries suffer from a lack of access to sufficient pesticide based pest management solutions... It is important that positive steps be taken to improve the number of pest management options available to growers of minor crops... The primary output of the project are Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) minor use permits allowing access to an increased number of approved insecticide, fungicide and herbicide options available to growers of minor grains and oilseed crops...
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" Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems 3 Responsive Farming Systems.. This project builds on the communication networks, grower groups, research team and reputation developed through two prior GRDC funded Eyre Peninsula (EP) Farming Systems projects that were highly successful in engaging growers, researchers and agribusiness on EP and in promoting relevant outcomes for the community and the grains industry... Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems Summary 2008 (Summary of research results and relevant agricultural information, available free to all farmers on EP and is also sent to other regions and i...
Although fungicides can control rust, genetic resistance remains the most environmentally acceptable and economical means of rust control in Australia... Northern region grain growers are being reminded to consider adult plant resistance (APR) to fungal diseases such as stem, stripe and leaf rust, when retaining seed this harvest for next year's crop... As news of the first cereal rust outbreaks in southern Australia reach the University of Sydney's Plant Breeding Institute (PBI), northern region growers are reminded to be vigilant in crop monitoring this season...
The proposed project will undertake research on the identification of emerging weeds in southern and western regions, factors contributing to their increasing abundance as well as developing and promoting adoption of practices for their effective management... The project will start with a coordinated survey of weeds of cropping paddocks in each region... Some of the emerging weeds have already been identified through feedback by different grower groups which include barley grass, brome grass, silver grass, marshmallow, fleabane, matricaria, common sowthistle, windmill grass, stinking love...
" Improving Integrated Weed Management in Conservation Farming Systems in the Southern region.. The project will build on previous research conducted by the Hart Fieldsite Group and Birchip Cropping Group and focus on the value of seed set control in managing herbicide resistant grass weeds... Training of growers in the management practices required to reduce the impact of herbicide resistant grass weeds...
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" Assessing management options for enhanced soil phosphorus availability using rotations.. The proposed work aims to identify if there are rotation options that can provide an agronomic management solution for the release of fixed P in a range of soils across the grain growing regions of Australia... If the outcomes of this proposed project demonstrate the potential for growers to unlock 1% of the P bank annually by rotation management this would be equivalent to release of $50-100 million worth of fertiliser P (about 10% of the current annual investment of $1.4 billion in P application t...
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" Delivering agronomic strategies for water repellent soils in WA.. Existing agronomic options are available to manage water repellent soils including furrow sowing, use of soil wetters, spreading and incorporation of clay rich subsoil and alternative land use options... 3) An extension program designed to empower growers and grower groups to identify the severity of non-wetting soils, the likely impact on grain yield, and the profitability of management strategies including an assessment of the drivers, barriers and extent of grower practice change...
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" Integrating New Technologies to Improve Yield Stability and Enhance Genetic Gain in Barley and Sorghum Breeding Programs.. In this project we propose to extend the results of an earlier project DAQ00076 which investigated ways of integrating new technologies into breeding plant breeding programs to generate step change in the rate of genetic gain... The work to date has received global attention with Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc supporting a large study based on our integrated approach in sorghum in Australia and preparing to refund the activity......
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This is the Western region component of the nationally coordinated effort to develop and implement a national frame work for frost resistance screening... Biddulph, TB 2009 Screening for Frost... GRDC Western Panel Industry Engagement Forum 8th March 2010, Burswood, Perth WA. Biddulph, TB 2010 Characterising Frost in the Western Region...
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