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Chickpea varieties selecting horses for courses.. Regardless of variety, best agronomic practices are needed to ensure maximum yields are achieved in any given environment and season... Breeding trials and National Variety Trial (NVT) results help indicate specific adaptation even within a region...
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By strategically knocking down weeds in fallow paddocks at seeding time and keeping these clean from weeds until the next sowing, vital soil moisture is conserved for the subsequent crop... The next crop should be healthier, cleaner of weeds and produce a better two-year gross margin compared with two low-yielding cereal crops... Campbell Jones is among a new wave of growers in WA's eastern wheatbelt who are starting to use a spray fallow to reduce the risks associated with seasonal variability, herbicide-resistant weeds and growing non-profitable crops in low-rainfall years...
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By strategically knocking down weeds in fallow paddocks at seeding time and keeping these clean from weeds until the next sowing, vital soil moisture is conserved for the subsequent crop... The next crop should be healthier, cleaner of weeds and produce a better two-year gross margin compared with two low-yielding cereal crops... Campbell Jones is among a new wave of growers in WA's eastern wheatbelt who are starting to use a spray fallow to reduce the risks associated with seasonal variability, herbicide-resistant weeds and growing non-profitable crops in low-rainfall years...
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New pulse varieties with improvements in adaptation to low rainfall environments are now available BUT sound crop and paddock selection along with correct and timely agronomic management practices are still essential to reduce production risks... It is important that growers follow standard pulse management guidelines for the crop and variety chosen... Lentil and chickpea growers in particular can benefit from on farm storage as it can assist in attaining the highest price for grain in some seasons and allow crops with poor quality issues (poor colour, wrinkled seed) or contaminants to be harvested quickly and stored until appropriate cleaning and marketing can occur...
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Matt Curtis in a paddock he sowed to Wedgetail in January 2015 to try and get some cover on a sand hill... Matt first sowed Wedgetail in March 2011 on the back of 500 millimetres of summer rain - an extraordinary event - and some encouragement from Mallee Sustainable Farming agronomist Michael Moodie... Matt has already sown about 20ha Wedgetail this year to cover up a sand hill, but he will terminate it in autumn and sow the paddock to vetch...
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Early sowing delivers benefits in LRZ.. Matt Curtis in a paddock he sowed to Wedgetail in January 2015 to try and get some cover on a sand hill... Matt first sowed Wedgetail in March 2011 on the back of 500 millimetres of summer rain - an extraordinary event - and some encouragement from Mallee Sustainable Farming agronomist Michael Moodie...
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Low-rainfall cropping needs an appetite for innovation.. Bearded man standing in field 2012 Farmer of the Year Peter Kuhlmann from Mudamuckla, South Australia, employs every strategy at his disposal to conserve moisture and drive improvements in water use efficiency (WUE)... Inter-row sowing, stubble retention, no-till, summer weed control, dry sowing, variable rate seeding and prescription farm mapping are just some of the methods he used to achieve a WUE of 71 per cent in 2012, a year when total rainfall was just 169 millimetres...
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Low-rainfall cropping needs an appetite for innovation.. Bearded man standing in field 2012 Farmer of the Year Peter Kuhlmann from Mudamuckla, South Australia, employs every strategy at his disposal to conserve moisture and drive improvements in water use efficiency (WUE)... Inter-row sowing, stubble retention, no-till, summer weed control, dry sowing, variable rate seeding and prescription farm mapping are just some of the methods he used to achieve a WUE of 71 per cent in 2012, a year when total rainfall was just 169 millimetres...
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At a combined meeting of the RCSNs in 2014 were GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Susan Findlay Tickner (left) of Horsham (Victoria); low rainfall zone RCSN member Barry Mudge, Port Germein (SA); and Jen Lillecrapp of Struan (SA), who is a co-facilitator for both the HRZ and MRZ networks... The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has announced new appointments to its southern Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSNs)... Two growers and a research agronomist have joined the RCSNs which help to inform investment in grains research, development and extension (RD&E) to address the priority issues and opportunities that affect crop production and profitability in the southern region (Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and central west and southern New South Wales)...
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Sowing strategies studied for yield effects.. Research is demonstrating the potential for sowing strategies to improve crop productivity on sandy soils in the southern cropping region... Dr Desbiolles says trials to date also show that sowing into non-wetting sands could significantly benefit from furrow seeding technology that clears the top water-repellent layer away from the seed row and promotes seed placement into moisture...
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