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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The Collins family has taken a conservative approach to farming in Western Australia's wheatbelt, and for good reason... Fifth-generation growers Jay (31), Brad (30) and Travis (24) have progressively returned home to farm with their parents Garry and Debbie, armed respectively with agribusiness and diesel mechanic qualifications... "In the 10 years I've been home, we've had falls as low as 100mm and as high as 330mm in the growing season," Jay says. "..
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Study confirms frosts occurring later in WA.. New research has confirmed changes to frost patterns in the Western Australia grainbelt, with frosts occurring later in the year and increasing the risk of damage to maturing grain crops... Mr Crimp said the 'Understanding frost risk in a variable and changing climate' research project had also revealed that severe frost events in WA were more likely to occur when centres of 'ridging high pressure systems' were farther south. "..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The Collins family has taken a conservative approach to farming in Western Australia's wheatbelt, and for good reason... Fifth-generation growers Jay (31), Brad (30) and Travis (24) have progressively returned home to farm with their parents Garry and Debbie, armed respectively with agribusiness and diesel mechanic qualifications... "In the 10 years I've been home, we've had falls as low as 100mm and as high as 330mm in the growing season," Jay says. "..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Victorian Mallee grower James McKee, a committee member of the Victorian No-Till Farmers Association, says he first saw no-till prove itself in 2002, when he planted part of his crop that way and then watched the topsoil on country that was not under no-till turn to dust and blow away in the dry weather... "I had been working the soil less and less before sowing anyway, and found with the proper management, crops planted with notill can at least equal, and often outperform, those planted with all the old-style cultivations beforehand," Mr McKee says... In an average year Mr McKee likes to have about 20 per cent of his country under chemical fallow, with a couple of glyphosate sprays during the fallow year, and has achieved excellent results - perhaps 2.5 tonnes to the hectare of wheat in the immediately following crop, against a general average of about 2t/ha...
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