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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
" Agribusiness Crop Updates 2006 Analysis of a wheat-pasture rotation in the 330 annual rainfall zone using the STEP model Andrew Blake and Caroline Peek, Department of Agriculture, Geraldton mm.. KEYMESSAGES Self regenerating biserrula pastures grown in rotation with wheat were more profitable than volunteer pastures based on the assumption that the legume phase can lift wheat yields and improve grain quality... It was assumed that wheat grown in the first or second year after legume pasture would be higher in protein and attract the $10/tonne premium paid in the AH segregation...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
In commercial practice in Australia the implementation of precision agriculture (PA) has in common the use of spatially-aware technologies made possible through the use of global positioning systems (GPS)... Although PA technology has been available in Australia for more than a decade, it has been estimated that only around 3% of Australian grain growers are using some form of the technology (Price, 2004)... The work has been carried out with funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
There is a need for up-skilling the "smaller" growers - a need that was addressed by this project... A social outcome of this project has been achieved by capacity building through increased understanding of issues related to PA and a greater confidence in using typical propriety PA software that most growers have access to through their machinery dealers, as well as in the use of variable rate controllers... Given the often high nutrient status of many of the soil types, this was not surprising, and should be considered when nutrient advice is given...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
New Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) research questions the value of fungicidal treatment of yellow spot in susceptible wheat, showing a maximum of just $1.50 profit gained for every one dollar spent... Richard Daniel, chief executive officer of the GRDC-funded Northern Grower Alliance (NGA) says results from 2011 research on EGA Gregory shows single applications of full registered rates of all fungicides evaluated reduced yellow spot severity by up to 50 per cent on the top three leaves... "Multiple fungicide applications did improve disease suppression to the tune of about 70pc reduction on the top three leaves but at the rates tested, there were no clear or consistent differences in disease suppression between the fungicides evaluated."..
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
The principal aim of the project was to contribute to the continuing adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) by grain growers in the GRDC's northern region, specifically, the Darling Downs and Central Queensland... The finding suggests that the application of this technique for predator/prey field studies has limited field application... The outcome was achieved through facilitated learning by growers and their advisers via grower group meetings, field day demonstrations, technical literature and presentations by entomologists at technical forums e.g. Grower and Adviser Updates...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
The project has demonstrated that targeted agronomic research aimed at delivering best practice management (BPM) strategies for new pulse varieties can increase profitability and minimise production risk, when delivered through variety brochures and extension activities such as field days and industry forums... The project also produces an annual results summary which is widely distributed to industry (primarily consultants, leading pulse growers, researchers, commercial agronomists, Pulse Australia and PBA Release Advisory Group (RAG) members) through email and has received favourable feedback from many recipients... We believe that the tools and information developed by this project, in partnership with PBA and Pulse Australia, have maintained pulse production through the recent run of difficult seasons...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
New or improved perennial cultivars are the end result of the work initiated by this project and through these the grains industry will derive benefits from investing in the work of this project... The outcome of the activity ensured the establishment of a comprehensive perennial germplasm collection to meet immediate and foreseeable breeding requirements... The outcome of the activity ensured user requirements were met by the safe introduction of germplasm of importance to Australian agriculture...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
It is recommended that GRDC supports in-service training opportunities for current plant breeders and PhD students at courses run at the International Centre for Plant Breeding Education and Research (ICPBER) at UWA, and internships for plant breeding PhDs in private plant breeding programs... GRDC project UWA00120 (1 July 2007 to 30 June 2010) was designed to attract Australian undergraduates and postgraduates into plant breeding at The University of Western Australia (UWA), develop in-service training opportunities, stimulate research and publication, and to support national collaboration in plant breeding education... More recent research can be found in..
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Intensive livestock industries are rapidly expanding in southern Qld and northern NSW and the by-products can be an attractive source of nutrients for use in broadacre farming systems... While manures and other organic waste materials (eg. sugarcane mill muds, by-products from ethanol plants, municipal biosolids) can provide many benefits to soil health, fertility and crop productivity, there are also a number of issues that growers and advisors need to consider before determining the most effective combination of management strategies to use, and the economic benefits (if any) of making a change to current practices... The paper highlights some of these issues, while providing examples of recent research to look at the roles of feedlot manures in supplying N and P to crops...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Economic analysis based on modelling the effect of typical practice changes on farm economic performance indicates the project has resulted in economic benefits of between $19-$42ha/annum of cropping land, a benefit cost ratio of 7.5:1 and an internal rate of return of 63.8% on funds invested... A comprehensive evaluation survey conducted at the conclusion of the project provides quantitative data on practice change and other benefits accruing from the project... Economic analysis based on modelling the effect of typical practice changes on farm economic performance indicated that the project has contributed economic benefits of between $19-$42/ha/ann...
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