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New report gives insights into grain farm practices.. The report's co-author and GRDC Farm Practices Project Manager, Jan Edwards, says that in comparing the two sets of data, the percentage of farm income flowing from winter cereals has increased in most parts of Australia, (except for central Queensland and parts of Western Australia) and it remains at 66 to 67 per cent of farm income nationally... Ms Edwards said tillage practices had shown some changes since the previous survey, with the percentage of the crop planted using zero or no-tillage remaining high at more than 60 per cent of the hectares nationally, although the percentage has fallen in parts of SA, Victoria and NSW...
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Image of the Harrington Seed Destructor.. De Bruin Engineering's Harrington Seed Destructor (HSD), designed and manufactured in Australia, has been recognised on the world stage, winning the 2015 Edison Award in the US in the 'Smart Agriculture' category... Key findings include: 69 per cent of surveyed growers use a combination of methods to pick the right time to sell, while 31 per cent take the price on offer; women are more willing to try new approaches (42 per cent of women versus 38 per cent of men) and they are also more likely to adjust practices in response to the market (64 per cent versus 60 per cent); and 69 per cent of growers say maximising production and quality is the most important profitability driver; 31 per cent say managing costs is most important...
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Image of the Harrington Seed Destructor.. De Bruin Engineering's Harrington Seed Destructor (HSD), designed and manufactured in Australia, has been recognised on the world stage, winning the 2015 Edison Award in the US in the 'Smart Agriculture' category... Key findings include: 69 per cent of surveyed growers use a combination of methods to pick the right time to sell, while 31 per cent take the price on offer; women are more willing to try new approaches (42 per cent of women versus 38 per cent of men) and they are also more likely to adjust practices in response to the market (64 per cent versus 60 per cent); and 69 per cent of growers say maximising production and quality is the most important profitability driver; 31 per cent say managing costs is most important...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The aim of the survey was to identify the incidence and severity of the major diseases of faba bean during late winter, with particular focus on cercospora leaf spot and its significance to industry and the frequency of occurrence compared to the major diseases, ascochyta leaf spot and chocolate spot... Sample plants were assessed for three diseases; ascochyta leaf spot, cercospora leaf spot and chocolate spot... Initial results indicate the prevalence and severity of cercospora leaf spot in crops is strongly linked to the rotation history of faba beans in that paddock, with long term plantings of faba beans on close rotation (3-5 years) posing the greatest risk of high disease establishment due to soil-borne disease carry-over...
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A new survey has revealed that the time and resources needed to bring a new GM crop to market has peaked at 13 years and US$136 million... The survey also showed that the time for a new product to receive regulatory authorisation had increased 48 per cent (1.8 years) since 2002... Prior to 2002, companies spent about 3.7 years working with governments to ensure products met regulatory requirements...
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A new survey has revealed that the time and resources needed to bring a new GM crop to market has peaked at 13 years and US$136 million... The survey also showed that the time for a new product to receive regulatory authorisation had increased 48 per cent (1.8 years) since 2002... Prior to 2002, companies spent about 3.7 years working with governments to ensure products met regulatory requirements...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The percentage of farm income derived from winter cereals has decreased in central Queensland and parts of Western Australia, a GRDC-commissioned survey has found... While there has been a slight fall in the percentage of farm income coming from winter cereals in central Queensland and parts of WA, the national position remains largely unchanged at 66 to 67 per cent... Overall, winter pulses and oilseeds remain a minor contributor to farm income, each representing less than three per cent of income nationally, although oilseeds are more popular in southern regions...
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Land-use surveys gauge biosecurity risks.. Burning weed seeds in windrows after harvest is an effective way of reducing the weed burden... The dynamic nature of farming means that growers are always tweaking the enterprise mix, trying new crops, and perhaps adding or removing livestock...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Survey maps northern region nematodes.. "The survey assessed 132 focus paddocks around sowing time in 2010 in twelve agronomy districts (10-12 paddocks per district) from Dubbo to the Queensland border and west to Warren, Walgett and Mungindi," Dr Simpfendorfer said... "Soil populations of Pt were also generally higher with 23pc of paddocks having Pt levels representing a risk of yield loss in 2010 compared to only 2pc of random paddocks with Pn ," Dr Simpfendorfer said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Vic grower input sought for crop pest management research.. Funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) on behalf of growers and the Australian Government, the research project involves a survey of farmers and advisers to identify the major insect pests of grain crops and to better understand the tools and strategies used to manage these pests... Dr Umina said the results of the survey would help researchers and the broader industry to understand what Australian growers do to manage insect pests in their grain crops, and their attitudes towards pest management...
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