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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Soil testing with rake and boot.. Research is updating 'critical soil test values' which is improving interpretation of soil test results and helping Western Australian grain growers make better fertiliser decisions... Findings from crop nutrition research and guidelines to help growers conduct soil testing and apply fertiliser effectively are outlined in a Soil Testing for Crop Nutrition Fact Sheet and More Profit from Crop Nutrition Ground Cover Supplement...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Future projects maintain management groups with growers, agribusiness and RD&E agency representation and with real decision-making power... Future projects maintain a balance between productivity and sustainability activities, research and extension activities, activities in different locations and different lobby groups to avoid the capture of project resources and so ensure benefits across the wider industry... 'Best' use of water affects other properties of the soil and the impacts of modern farming practices (e.g. zero tillage, controlled traffic, and wide rows) are becoming evident...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
The threat could hinder Australian agriculture's ability to perform and compete internationally; to minimise the threat we should discuss a cross-commodity program, which involves government, and develops an understanding within our urban community of modern farming practices and the benefit of this to the environment, animals and people of Australia... Some specialists (Haniotis, 2011) reported strong government support, especially where the cost of supporting sustainable rural communities and the loss of eco-services provided by agriculture is properly valued against the cost of supporting agriculture... As a result of this missing contract the community supports agriculture less and less and the example was given in the States 22..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Image of people at a conference (From left) GRDC manager of delivery programs Tom McCue with Andrew MacLeod and Helen Thompson from Federation University Australia, part of a GRDC-funded project to develop an online research repository for grain growers... Speaking at the Digital Rural Futures Conference hosted by the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba in June, Mr McCue said the aim is to adapt these technologies in a way that leads to practical and affordable tools that increase productivity and profit. ".. Samuel Coggins , from Canberra, is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Sydney...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Robert Saik says agriculture must break free of an irrational anti-science sentiment in the community... The issue for global agriculture is not whether it can feed nine billion people but whether it will be allowed to feed nine billion people... Mr Saik said a serious issue facing growers was the extent to which people were trying to take from them the technologies needed to do the job...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Mount Zero co-owner Richard Seymour says the company "looks at integrity, quality and flavour rather than ease of production"... In addition to farro, which Richard says the Italians also colloquially call 'spelt', the Mount Zero stable includes quinoa (grown by Kindred Organics), lentils and chickpeas for niche consumer and restaurant markets... The company sources up to 15t of farro each year from grower Damien Maher, from Warracknabeal, Victoria, who made the transition to biodynamic farming in 1988 and planted the ancient grain seven years ago "because it predates superphosphate and chemicals, and is tougher than other grains"...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
No-till farming was linked to the future of sustainable, global food production by visiting Argentinean specialist Andres Begnis when he spoke at the 2007 WA No-Till Farmers Association (WANTFA) Conference in Fremantle... Mr Begnis, from the Argentine No-Till Farmers Association (AAPRESID), told WA growers that in Argentina the practice was conserving soil and soil moisture in dry areas and arresting land degradation... Mr Begnis told the conference that Argentinian growers have been practising no-till since the late 1970s, with a dramatic uptake of the system in 1993, when it was adapted to local conditions - silt to clay loam and sandy soils and an average annual rainfall ranging from 500 to 1000 millimetres...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Agricultural assets have a place in a balanced investment portfolio... Soil is where any agricultural production business starts... Summary rural sector fundamentals are very strong; soil is where you start; the real estate; the business; best farmers are making very good returns; must be a 'Top 20%' producer; and challenges...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
The GRDC reports by Gordon M Murray and John P Brennan also state that breeding programs for Ascochyta blight management in chickpeas are preventing potential additional losses of $15.7m annually, while cultural practices and fungicides save the industry $6.9m and $12.4m respectively in Ascochyta losses each year... The current loss from diseases in oilseeds averages $137 million per year, or 27.6 per cent of the gross value of oilseed production, while pulse diseases are responsible for annual losses averaging $74 million per year, or 14.8 per cent of the gross value of Australian pulse production... Production losses due to diseases caused by fungi, nematodes, bacteria, viruses and phytoplasmas would be far higher without current controls such as the use of resistant varieties, crop rotation, paddock management and the use of pesticides, according to the reports...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Wheat yield increases of 1.19t/ha possible in the north.. Maps detailing actual and achievable yield data have been compiled by the CSIRO and will be made accessible through a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) funded project... Dr Hochman said the research found that the northern region's yields were 5.3% lower than relative yields in the southern region and 8.9% lower than in the western region, suggesting there is significant scope to boost yields in the north through better application of current technologies and best practice...
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