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GRDC Factsheets. These are produced from GRDC funded research.

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Investment in technology-enhanced machinery has provided significant productivity gains for grain growers over the last 10 years... Determining the appropriate level of machinery investment for an individual farm business can be a challenge... Each business has a different cost structure and a different set of resources available individual situations need to be analysed carefully before making investment decisions...
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A risk profile describes the combination of a business's ability to incur risk and an individual's personal risk attitude... Wary or risk averse individuals tend to avoid taking risks, they choose outcomes that provide safety and security and feel that other options are likely to be fraught with uncertainty and loss... in order to make more effective decisions in risky situations, individuals should: limit reliance on bias-prone assumptions and estimates by conducting research and consulting with experts and knowledgeable individuals; understand factors that influence different reactions t...
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a realistic understanding of the soil's capacity to store water will improve decisions about the potential return on crop inputs and other management practices... improving water use efficiency may require effort over several years to improve the soil's ability to capture and store water, or to make stored water available to plants... Water use efficiency (WUE) is a measure of a crop's capacity to convert water into plant biomass or grain...
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Assess crown rot risk in paddocks by checking crops for browning of the stem base or by taking soil and stubble samples for analysis... Key messages for crown rot in cereals keeping crown rot inoculum at low levels is by far the most effective way to reduce yield loss from this disease... About the crown rot disease: T his fungal disease is hosted by all winter cereals and many grassy weeds; C rown rot survives for many years in infected plant residues and infection can occur when plants come in close contact with those residues; H igh cereal intensity and inclusion of durum wheat in cropp...
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Key pointS Auto boom height can help to maintain correct nozzle height above the target, which improves the evenness of the spray deposit and reduces spray drift through excessive boom height... electronic auto boom height controllers require regular calibration and may not be suited to all boom designs... types of auto height boom systems Mechanical: This may be as simple as a wheel (ideally with suspension) mounted onto the boom to prevent the boom from striking the ground...
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Grain at typical harvest temperatures of 25-30 C and moisture content greater than 13-14 per cent provides ideal conditions for mould and insect growth (see Figure 1)... There are a number of ways to deal with high-moisture grain - the key is to act quickly and effectively... Cooling before batching:Batch drying (shown ) is one method of dealing with high-moisture grain and aeration cooling in storage can be used to hold grain safely before it can be put through the dryer...
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The benchmarking process is commonly used for comparative analysis to improve business performance... No two businesses - or business people - are the same, so care is needed when comparing your business to others, as you may not be comparing 'apples with apples'... Business performance can only be judged against goals...
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It is important to understand gross margin budgets and their role in farm financial analysis... Having all positive enterprise gross margins in a farming business does not necessarily mean the total business is profitable, as other costs such as overhead costs and financing costs are not taken into account in gross margins... As gross margins only assess variable costs, they should not be the sole information used to calculate the cost of production...
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reCruiTing And induCTing new emPLOyeeS employing people is a great privilege and starting a new job is almost always a significant time for the employee... Spend the time to properly induct a new employee into your business... This can be a difficult time for both the employer and employee and should follow a basic procedure to make sure it is a fair and respectful process...
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" yellow spot fact sheet September 2011 westerN regION Management to reduce the risk of yellow spot A break from wheat-on-wheat, stubble management and growing resistant varieties are important risk-reducing practices for the stubble-borne disease yellow leaf spot... r A K n A H s A H s i n A M : o t o H p Yellow spot causes tan-coloured lesions on the leaves that are surrounded by yellow halos... www.grdc.com.au Table 1 Examples of yellow spot resistance ratings in wheat varieties grown in the western region Variety Disease rating AGT Katana A MS AGT Scythe A MS-S Annuello A MS-S Arrino ...

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