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With harvest in full swing, many growers are putting into practice harvest weed seed control (HWSC) systems to help tackle weeds - which are at high levels this season... Many growers are probably already familiar with the HWSC options of narrow windrow burning, chaff carts, the Harrington Seed Destructor and the Bale Direct system (baling all chaff and straw material as it exits the harvester)... The chaff deck places the chaff exiting the sieves of the harvester on to permanent wheel tracks, and it is estimated that up to 70 of these units are being used across WA's South Coast region this harvest...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Australia's grains industry is entering an era of unprecedented opportunities, according to the new chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Regional Panel... Keith Pengilley says the opportunities - born of increasing demand for grain for human consumption and stock feed - will be particularly attractive for southern region grain growers due to their regional proximity to expanding markets and their ability to adapt to climate variability... Mr Perrett said the Panel chair vacancy generated an exceptional field of candidates, underlining the value and importance placed on the role and the contribution of the Panel to the grains industry's growth and development through the GRDC...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
With harvest in full swing, many growers are putting into practice harvest weed seed control (HWSC) systems to help tackle weeds - which are at high levels this season... Many growers are probably already familiar with the HWSC options of narrow windrow burning, chaff carts, the Harrington Seed Destructor and the Bale Direct system (baling all chaff and straw material as it exits the harvester)... The chaff deck places the chaff exiting the sieves of the harvester on to permanent wheel tracks, and it is estimated that up to 70 of these units are being used across WA's South Coast region this harvest...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Twin-sowing of pasture and cereal crops can boost profits by up to 24 per cent in mixed farming enterprises, according to new research supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)... "Twin-sowing lowers the costs of establishing legume pastures without interfering with crop sowing," Prof Kingwell says... Prof Kingwell said the main findings were that twin-sowing boosts whole-farm profit while decreasing the area of farm optimally devoted to pasture...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Twin-sowing of pasture and cereal crops can boost profits by up to 24 per cent in mixed farming enterprises, according to new research supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)... "Twin-sowing lowers the costs of establishing legume pastures without interfering with crop sowing," Prof Kingwell says... Prof Kingwell said the main findings were that twin-sowing boosts whole-farm profit while decreasing the area of farm optimally devoted to pasture...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Australia's grains industry is entering an era of unprecedented opportunities, according to the new chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Regional Panel... Keith Pengilley says the opportunities - born of increasing demand for grain for human consumption and stock feed - will be particularly attractive for southern region grain growers due to their regional proximity to expanding markets and their ability to adapt to climate variability... "I am pleased to announce that Keith Pengilley will be leading the Southern Panel for at least the next two years," Mr Perrett said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Twin-sowing displays potential to increase the profitability of mixed broadacre farming systems in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia (WA)... The main findings are that twin-sowing boosts whole-farm profit whilst decreasing the area of farm optimally devoted to pasture... Twin-sowing has been developed mainly for pasture establishment on sandy soils farms with predominantly sandy soils experience the largest increase in farm profits (41% at current high prices for sheep meat and wool)...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The Atherton Tableland area produces 7,000 - 15,000 tonnes of peanuts annually, and represents an important northern focus of the Australian industry... Since adopting relatively simple peanut - maize rotations in the early stages of development, the combination of favourable climate, fertile soils and available water for irrigation has increased the number of crops grown in the region... After establishing profiles of biophysical risk across the Tableland, we used information provided by growers to establish typical production methods (eg. frequency and type of tillage, fertiliser use etc.) for each crop, machinery ownership and usage, farm size and other assets, cost of inputs etc...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
The collation of the information into a recently developed database has provided a summary of the 2005 and 2006 reports... Higher rate observed at site 1 is due to the soil having a higher soil carbon levels (1.2%) compare to site 2 (0.8%) and lower amounts of net immobilisation... When all stubble fractions are incorporated into the amount soil inorganic nitrogen immobilised can be up to 45 kg N/ha...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The project is aimed at improving whole-farm water use efficiency and profitability across the 6 million hectare Mallee region encompassing the Vic Mallee; SA Murray Darling Basin; NSW Lower Murray Darling catchments... Over the past decade in the Mallee a highly water use efficient cropping system based largely on more intensive cereal using no-till farming has developed... To do this, the project will take new steps to recognise the opportunities and importance of variability in Mallee farming systems. These include managing variability in Mallee soils in a way that improves and sustains whole-farm water use efficiency, managing variability in seasons and the associated risk using water use-efficient options and recognizing the diversity in farmer preference for different farming systems, including those who choose not to pursue higher-risk high-input cropping programs...
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