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Catalogue: Ground Cover
A study of zero-till innovations in Argentina has identified technology that also has the potential to improve crop establishment and yields for Australian growers... Mr Gould says for every extra 100mm of stored moisture in a rainfall zone of 600 to 650mm, typical zero-till growers visited in Argentina are achieving an extra 1700 kilograms per hectare of maize, 1400kg/ha of sorghum, 800kg/ha of wheat and 650kg/ha of soybeans... Mr Gould says strong and well-coordinated links between government agencies and researchers, machinery manufacturers, extension providers and the commercial sector are central to the success of zero-till in Argentina...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
All too often farmers make machinery decisions because they can, not because they should... The formula for calculating a machinery work rate is: Work rate in Ha / Hr = (Speed (km/hr) x width (m)) x efficiency % 10 If sowing a crop at 8 km / hr and using an 18.33m air seeder and operating at 80% efficiency, this farmer should be able to sow the crop at 11.73 ha / hr... The formula for calculating field efficiency is: Field efficiency % = Time spend operating the machine x 100 Total time spent in the paddock Total time spent in a paddock generally includes filling time, travel, fixing breakdowns, turning, overlapping and undertaking maintenance...
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Catalogue: GRDC YouTube channel
" IWM: Spray Application of Herbicides - Double Knock 12 November 2013 Bill Gordon, (Spray Application Consultant) double knock strategies from a spray application point of view... Capacity of sprayer, boom width, boom stability, tank size, matching boom with other machinery, water volume and nozzle selection for contact (paraquat) and translocated products (glyphosate)... Technology to reduce spray drift GCTV: Drift Reducing Technology..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
New winter cereals top the R&D wish list.. Average annual rainfall: 330 millimetres Farm size: 1300 hectares Use of professional advice: accountant, agronomist Memberships: Crop Science Society of SA, South Australian No-Till Farmers Association, Agricultural Bureau of South Australia and Upper North Farming Systems Key recent changes: I returned to full-time farming just before Christmas after six years working as an agronomist on the Northern Yorke Peninsula... Average annual rainfall: 550 millimetres Farm size: 3300 hectares Use of professional advice: agronomist, accountant, business coaching from PrincipleFocus, Dubbo, NSW Memberships: Grain Orana Alliance, NSW Farmers Association Key recent changes: We have made several changes to manage our herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass problem, specifically implementing harvest weed-seed management, which is still fairly new in the eastern states...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
New winter cereals top the R&D wish list.. Each year, Ground Cover follows a group of growers from across Australia... Average annual rainfall: 330 millimetres Farm size: 1300 hectares Use of professional advice: accountant, agronomist Memberships: Crop Science Society of SA, South Australian No-Till Farmers Association, Agricultural Bureau of South Australia and Upper North Farming Systems Key recent changes: I returned to full-time farming just before Christmas after six years working as an agronomist on the Northern Yorke Peninsula...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
I initially applied to Nuffield as a direct result of moving between two different farms and finding that I had to re-apply all my knowledge to areas that were initially simple to me... The key findings suggest that northern Australia is unique and quite different to most other parts of the world when this topic is examined... Partly because of this we tend to concentrate on farming the more fertile heavier clay based soils that hold moisture better, and then machine trafficability becomes an issue during the wet periods...
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