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WA growers embrace key farming practices.. Western Australian grain growers are frontrunners in their adoption of farming practices including no-tillage farming, stubble retention and precision agriculture, according to a recently released report... "Measuring the adoption of farming practices will help us track progress in productivity and environmental management," he said...
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WA growers demonstrate varietal purity importance.. Nigel Metz, project officer for SEPWA, says that when they became aware of new technology in the area of varietal purity testing, they saw an opportunity for the region to be proactive in ensuring grain quality for the export market... Steve Tilbrook, a grower from Mt Madden, WA, and chair of the SEPWA Barley Council, says growers will be able to test seed bought from or sold to neighbours and be guaranteed they have the right variety and that it is pure...
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Western Australian grain growers can make significant cost savings by reducing phosphorus application to 'maintenance rates', and using soil test results to fine-tune them... "Researchers need to determine the 'maintenance rates' required for different soils and regions of WA so reliable maintenance recommendations can be made for growers," Dr Wong said... "Growers should also be aware that in some soils, severe water repellence, severe acidity and the presence of root diseases may increase the apparent critical soil phosphorus level required by crops," Dr Wong said...
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The report, Adoption of no-till cropping practices in Australian grain growing regions, shows WA continues to have Australia's highest proportion of broadacre crop sown using no-till methods - peaking at more than 90 per cent in many districts... Dr Llewellyn says that as well as having the highest proportion of crop sown using no-till methods, WA also has the country's highest proportion of extensive no-till users - 84 per cent expect to use the method to establish their entire crop program over the next few years... In WA, very few no-till users - four per cent - had reduced the proportion of crop sown by no-till methods by reintroducing more cultivation on some paddocks, compared with the national average of 10 per cent," Dr Llewellyn says. "..
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