Good opportunity for crop grazing, says consultant.. Research has shown that grain crops that are grazed by sheep should be grazed hard and only for a short period of time... Mr Curtin said his main message to growers was not to put sheep on crops too late, not to leave them there too long, and to only graze long-season varieties...
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In Australia's northern grains region, FHB is considered one of the top five most damaging wheat diseases, causing an average $9 million in lost production every year... Although the disease does not occur often in Australia, growers are advised to be aware of its potential and to stay informed... Dr Stephen Neate, from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), leads research on FHB in Queensland and says the disease can cause significant yield loss, quality reductions and downgrading of grain...
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For most parts of the northern grains region, there is a very high probability that crops flowering in July and August will be lost to frost damage (Figure 1)... In the northern grains region conflicting climatic influences including moisture availability and high temperatures severely constrain the timing of winter cereal flowering and grain filling if yield potential is to be maximised in face of frost risk (Figure 3)... In the absence of frost resistant winter cereals genotypes, our main strategy to minimise crop losses while maximising yield potential is to aim to achieve crop flowering and grain filling in the short window of opportunity following the main frost risk period (Figure 3)..