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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
Although a high-risk crop, oaten hay has the potential to outperform all other cereals with respect to gross margins... The widespread use of genetic analysis in agriculture is limited by economic factors... In the short term, fungicides used at seeding (seed dressings or applied in-furrow with fertiliser) and foliar fungicide sprays will mitigate risk and minimise losses...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
I believe that Suzanne's comment reflected that while the board and directors had a well-managed and profitable business run in a responsible manner, they had lost touch with public perception and had not recognised or understood that the community now had a different expectation to how water resources are managed... What surprised me with this research was that it was being duplicated in neighbouring states, and that neither trial work had a control plot where a crop was grown under "best management practice" with the yield, response, and economic outcomes being measured against the other trial work... With the communication phase of succession, I believe we need to receive the affirmation of all parties included...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The aim of the Managed Environment Facility (MEF-Yanco) is to provide essential infrastructure and support for field research projects directed towards identifying adaptive traits and management strategies for improved productivity of field crops growing in water limited or drought-prone environments... The MEF-Yanco will provide a world-class field research facilitiy for improving the accuracy and reliability of germplasm characterisation (phenotyping) to quantify the contribution of individual traits to water use efficiency... Yanco was selected as one of three sites to establish a Managed Environment Facility, it is representative of dryland water-limited environments across southern NSW and northern Victoria...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
In September, the research results of a team of French university scientists studying rats fed a particular GM maize variety that experienced negative health effects were published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal... Some of the shortcomings of the research, according to EFSA, include that the strain of rat used in the two-year study is prone to developing tumours during their life expectancy of approximately two years regardless of any treatment and that the researchers have not complied with internationally recognised methods for setting up and carrying out experiments... For example, a minimum of 50 rats is required per treatment group in order to draw firm conclusions and the authors used only 10 rodents per group...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Mr Roberts, fellow panellists Shauna Stone and John Even, and new GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions (RCS) facilitator Julianne Hill toured districts including Corrigin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Bruce Rock, Merredin, Bodallin, Bencubbin, Mukinbudin and Kellerberrin... Lake Grace Spring Tour "Other issues for these eastern growers include drought and frost affecting wheat yields, a need for low cost farming inputs, and an increasing amount of land being brown manured," he said... "Growers were very excited at the potential for the facility to be used to help identify traits which will allow us to grow cereal varieties in drier conditions," Mr Roberts said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Comprising GRDC Managing Director John Harvey, the three Regional Panel chairs and GRDC's executive management team, the National Panel visited the Waite research precinct, the University of SA's Mawson Lakes campus and Australian Grain Technologies' trial sites and facilities at Roseworthy... Members of the GRDC National Panel tour group at the University of SA’s Mawson Lakes campus where the first generation of an integrated seed destructor mechanism for harvest weed seed control was demonstrated... Caption: GRDC National Panel members Andreas Betzner (acting), David Shannon and John Harvey are informed about the workings of The Plant Accelerator at the Waite research precinct by the facility's Dr Bettina Berger...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The first of two state-of-the-art grain research facilities has opened at Merredin in Western Australia... The WA Minister for Agriculture and Food, Terry Redman, said the facility would place the WA grains industry at the forefront of agricultural and environmental research to improve crop varieties to better cope with climate change... The Minister said a CSIRO trial at the site was examining the characteristics and genetic potential of several lines of GM wheat and barley, with the new facilities attracting interest from both public and private organisations...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Laboratory puts our grain through the mill.. GrainCorp's Queensland quality services manager Eric Williamson in the Toowoomba laboratory... GrainCorp's Queensland quality services manager Eric Williamson explains that the testing equipment provides all the quality data on wheat and flour required by customers, which include 15 high volume export clients, such as Cargill and Viterra, and several smaller domestic businesses...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Laboratory puts our grain through the mill.. GrainCorp's Queensland quality services manager Eric Williamson in the Toowoomba laboratory... GrainCorp's Queensland quality services manager Eric Williamson explains that the testing equipment provides all the quality data on wheat and flour required by customers, which include 15 high volume export clients, such as Cargill and Viterra, and several smaller domestic businesses...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
In May, GRDC chairman Keith Perrett and the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Peter Walsh, turned the first sod to ceremonially mark the start of construction of the new Australian Grains Genebank at Horsham, Victoria... When construction is completed in November it will be the southern hub complementing the University of Sydney's I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre at Narrabri, New South Wales, (the northern hub) and the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) in Perth (the western hub), which is a partnership between GRDC and the Western Australian Government... These first three hubs will continue to build on the international research links that the GRDC has already established with bodies such as the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, and the major global companies whose business is the development of advanced crops, products and services...
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