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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
In cropping systems relatively few insect species represent a significant threat to crop yield or are classified as pest species... Beneficial insects and other invertebrates ("beneficials") offer a variety of ecosystem services that are essential within agricultural environments and it is important to conserve and promote them as far as is practical within the constraints of controlling for major crop pests... Agriculture, by definition, manipulates the environment - we are providing large areas of a uniform resource for pest insects to thrive on...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Growers are likely to face significant challenges in the future due insecticide resistance in redlegged earth mites and other crop pests to.. At each of the trial locations, a series of 12 plots (each > 50 m x 50 m in size) were assigned to one of three pest management 2 approaches: (1) No insecticide input (Control); (2) Strategic (or IPM) approach: insecticides applied only when needed, following accurate monitoring of pest and beneficial invertebrates combined with assessments of plant damage... , plant numbers, yields and harvest index, and the level of pest-feeding damage to plants were measured at various stages throughout the season...
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Catalogue: GRDC Publications
The stubble management decisions each of these growers made in 2010-2011 were unique to the individual and were influenced by the combination of experiences, cropping systems, agronomic and logistic challenges, and commitment to full stubble retention... The value of grazing crop stubbles to farm profitability was overestimated by the ME value of the intake the value of grazing crops cannot be predicted using energy intake from stubble... Finally the burning of stubbles also contributed to weed 26Australian Glyphosate Sustainability Working Group, Australian Herbicide Resistance Institute (2013), 9 Oct 2013...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Clinton Revell (Group Leader, Pasture Science).. Preliminary economic analyses for use of new serradella and biserrula varieties indicate increases in profit of between $13 and $71/ha on a typical WA wheatbelt farm... The first variety, Cadiz , has been widely adopted...
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