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Andrew and Jocelyn Bate look to the future of grain growing with an early version of a prototype agricultural robot undergoing proof-of-concept trials on their property near Emerald, Queensland... The brainchild of Andrew and Jocelyn Bate, this futuristic idea is becoming a hard-wired reality through research the couple initiated with Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics... Working in the family's paddocks, the AgBots can be seen from a distance as beams of infrared light moving slowly over chickpeas, wheat, mungbeans and sorghum stubble: the red light revealing where the unit has identified and killed weeds...
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A diverse enterprise is paramount to managing the increasing effects of frost on the Hansen family's cropping operation... Farming at Coomandook in South Australia's upper south-east, brothers Andrew and Garry, their wives Joanne and Merrawyn and five employees implement several pre-season and in-season tactics to mitigate the effects of frost as best they can... Andrew says that, over the years, they have become better at identifying frost damage and puts the extent of damage down to the relationship between soil type and topography...
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Mouldboard plough outperformed spader for weed suppression.. When the weed population was checked in March 2010 after a wet summer, Andrew says the results showed mouldboard ploughing had outperformed spading... The paddocks nominated for mouldboard ploughing are scheduled for the end of the sowing program, the delay allowing time for the opening rains to have thoroughly wet the soil down to 300mm...
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Researchers anticipate an increase in resistanace to Group B 'imi' herbicdies (e.g. Intervix in annual tyegrass and brome grass in cropping areas as the number of different Clearfield (insert registration symbol) or imi tolerant crop options grows... For tillage situations, 1.6L/ha of Avadex Xtra and 1.5L/ha of trifluralin are commonly used in canola, dependent on soil type (note these rates are too high for cereals)... the sole reason i am using the long fallow followed byrr canola is weed control...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Andrew and Jocelyn Bate look to the future of grain growing with an early version of a prototype agricultural robot undergoing proof-of-concept trials on their property near Emerald, Queensland... The brainchild of Andrew and Jocelyn Bate, this futuristic idea is becoming a hard-wired reality through research the couple initiated with Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics... Working in the family's paddocks, the AgBots can be seen from a distance as beams of infrared light moving slowly over chickpeas, wheat, mungbeans and sorghum stubble: the red light revealing where the unit has identified and killed weeds...
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Although Vicki and Andrew Green say juggling their on-farm responsibilities with supplementary off-farm employment can be a challenge, they are making the logistics work by taking every opportunity to increase operational efficiencies... Off-farm, Vicki is busy as a member of the GRDC's Northern Panel, while Andrew works from home as a test engineer for John Deere... Vicki says many grain growers are also worried about the encroachment of mining into food-producing areas, the associated effects on transport infrastructure and the poaching of critical support personnel and skills from the agricultural sector. "..
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" Mitigation and amelioration methods pay off in the battle against non-wetting soils 25 March 2013 Like many Wheatbelt farmers, the Kenny family at Badgingarra is striving to find the most efficient and cost effective tactics to combat non wetting soils... To manage the issues, Andrew and Gina Kenny and Andrew's parents Mike and Sarah are using a range of short term mitigation and longer term amelioration strategies... Technology to reduce spray drift GCTV: Drift Reducing Technology..
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Setbacks become a catalyst for efficiency drive.. After moving to Felton from Western Australia in 1997 the couple travelled off-farm for work each day - Vicki to her employment as an agronomist on the Central Downs and Andrew to his job in Toowoomba as an agricultural engineer... Over the years Vicki says they have "had a go" at growing sorghum, sunflowers, maize, millets, wheat, barley, oats, canary seed and chickpeas...
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