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Machinery efficiency showcased in CQ.. Tour organiser Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) principal technical officer Maurice Conway said the tour primarily attracted young growers keen to employ new technologies to generate time and labour savings and maximise crop production opportunities... The disc system is now incorporating on-the-go unit downforce monitoring and adjustment, section control to shut off rows to reduce overlap, variable rate planting and fertilizer application with maps overlaid from historical yield data, soil type and observation," he said...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
New survey-based research indicates that adoption of controlled traffic farming (CTF) in Australian grain operations is limited by low understanding of its basic principles and how they work as part of an integrated system... Of the 222 grain growers surveyed in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, just 33 were matching the widths of their machinery to three-metre permanent wheel tracks for all their operations with harvesters, tractors, sprayers and spreaders... "About 34 per cent of growers reported that they used permanent wheel tracks, but many of these were not matching the widths of all their machinery because they used 2m wheel tracks, in addition to 3m wheel tracks...
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Written machinery policy can increase profitability.. The coming agricultural field day season is when many grain growers consider their options for machinery replacement... The recently developed Put a policy around machinery purchases Fact Sheet states that a machinery replacement policy and subsequent schedule sets priorities so that purchases can be spread across years to even out cash flow...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The GRDC's Young Farming Champions.. Rebecca is based at Narrabri, NSW, where she is undertaking her PhD, with the help of a GRDC Postgraduate Scholarship, in plant breeding and genetics at the University of Sydney. ".. I wholeheartedly believe the future of agriculture depends on attracting young, talented people and helping them realise what a modern, exciting and challenging career it is."..
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
High-speed internet connectivity and a national broadband communications network creates new opportunities for smart services into farms around education and extension, health, business support, precision agriculture as well as veterinarian and agronomic support, marketing, safety and work flow... In order to understand this point, this presentation will outline some of the 'smart services' that could potentially feed into a farm, via the internet connectivity... The presentation aims to outline the case for connecting farms, by introducing a number of key operational concepts and then exploring the opportunities that broadband connectivity into farms has to offer...
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The question of how much to spend on machinery is regularly discussed in most businesses and investment 'rules of thumb' are often applied to assess whether the investment is keeping pace with productive capacity... Some people use general 'rules' such as maintaining machinery investment at around $250-$300/tonne of grain produced but an economic analysis of costs can help businesses determine the real value of individual machines, accurately compare status-quo and replacement scenarios, and assess the impact on overall business profitability... Everyone's input numbers will be different so you apply this example to your own situation by changing the numbers in red which will alter the totals ...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Nuffield scholar Craig Duffield has been exploring how innovation can improve financial security for farming communities around the world, and now has fresh ideas for his own grains enterprise - By Alexandra Roginski (From left) Nuffield scholar Craig Duffield in a 'cocktail' cover crop in North Dakota, with USDA district conservationalist Jay Fuhrer and farmer Jerry Doehne... Craig says the practice is now spreading in the US, although it has not been as viable in Canada because its shorter seasons allow less time to grow a cover crop... Craig thinks that increased profitability through creative agronomy and flexible thinking can provide a 'buzz' about food production, and generate income opportunities sufficient to counter the pull, for young people, of the mining sector...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Nuffield scholar Craig Duffield has been exploring how innovation can improve financial security for farming communities around the world, and now has fresh ideas for his own grains enterprise - By Alexandra Roginski (From left) Nuffield scholar Craig Duffield in a 'cocktail' cover crop in North Dakota, with USDA district conservationalist Jay Fuhrer and farmer Jerry Doehne... Craig says the practice is now spreading in the US, although it has not been as viable in Canada because its shorter seasons allow less time to grow a cover crop... Craig thinks that increased profitability through creative agronomy and flexible thinking can provide a 'buzz' about food production, and generate income opportunities sufficient to counter the pull, for young people, of the mining sector...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
Products may be identified by proprietary or trade names to help readers identify particular types of products but this is not, and is not intended to be, an endorsement or recommendation of any product or manufacturer referred to... One of the aims of my studies was to find cost efficiencies that progress our no-till system further than before... (CelsiusPro, 2011) Both products have a minimum 20 days before they commence and payouts are not made on a claims basis, but instead paid automatically at the expiry of the certificate calculated on the weather data provided by the official weather station...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
1. A focus on good agronomy - the most important factor Good yields contribute to profitable farm businesses, and good agronomy is essential in achieving them... While the statement may seem too obvious, it is amazing how often farmers get basic agronomy wrong, and yield and profit suffers... ZT/CTF increases farming flexibility and efficiency through more land able to be cropped for every labour or machinery unit, facilitation of precision farming operations such as side-dressing of fertilizer in-crop, banded herbicide application, planting between stubble rows, and easy adjustment of row configuration to suit each crop or situation...
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