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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Guide can help maximise spray program returns.. Grain growers are keenly interested in adjuvants that can be added to spray solutions on-farm to help them get the most out of dollars spent on spraying programs... Compiled by agricultural consultant Andrew Somervaille, with assistance from other specialists, Adjuvants - Oils, surfactants and other additives for farm chemicals can be downloaded from the GRDC website...
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Catalogue: GRDC YouTube channel
" Over the Fence: Steering clear of the spray drift demon 19 November 2012 Having seen first-hand spray drift occur between properties, Warnertown farmer Brian Tiller, decided to adopt best practice principles to match spray timing to local weather conditions... Technology to reduce spray drift GCTV: Drift Reducing Technology..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Andrew and Jocelyn Bate look to the future of grain growing with an early version of a prototype agricultural robot undergoing proof-of-concept trials on their property near Emerald, Queensland... The brainchild of Andrew and Jocelyn Bate, this futuristic idea is becoming a hard-wired reality through research the couple initiated with Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics... Working in the family's paddocks, the AgBots can be seen from a distance as beams of infrared light moving slowly over chickpeas, wheat, mungbeans and sorghum stubble: the red light revealing where the unit has identified and killed weeds...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
"I have always been a fan of the GRDC and the work they fund so when I was approached to be a part of the inaugural RCSN I jumped at the chance," John says... "The RCSNs have a great mix of people involved including growers, scientists and researchers, agronomists and advisers," he says... "We have the sort of people who solve problems and share their knowledge with their peers," he says...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Farmer Alastair Robb from Corowa, NSW, talks to Kellie Penfold about the challenges of intensifying and diversifying a mixed farming operation, with an eye also to improving the farm"s ecology.. If I"m really keen I can do wheat/canola/peas/wheat and then peas or lupins, but we"ve had a few problems with disease in legumes," Alastair says... I like to walk around and find different species of native plants and animals, and I hope my children can grow up doing that as well," Alastair says...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
KEYMESSAGES While resistance in annual ryegrass is common throughout the wheatbelt, resistance to some herbicides like glyphosate or paraquat/diquat is still rare in WA... Safeguard ryegrass could be used to increase the density of ryegrass in the following year, as it is susceptible to glyphosate (and resistant to ARGT)... Most of the pollen was produced by the resistant plants in the vineyard, and there was a very high chance of susceptible plants cross-pollinating to resistant plants...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
South Australian grower Geoff Bond says biosecurity measures implemented to control branched broomrape weed have provided wider benefits on his family's property at Mannum... PHOTO: Judi Bellati South Australian grower Geoff Bond, from Mannum, says biosecurity measures introduced since 1999 as part of the state's quarantine zone for the noxious weed branched broomrape have provided a range of on-farm benefits... In July 2012, a two-year program started the transition to a management program that aims to contain branched broomrape, but removes some of the quarantine restrictions previously in place...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
In the short history of white settlement we have hastened the natural attrition of these regions by thousands of years... Overall, the works had started to filter washed soil and trap it on the upstream side of each filter there has been only one significant rain event, of 50mm, since the project was completed... Overall, the information reported was of a similar nature to that currently presented and generally accepted by the majority of producers in Australia...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
Based on the data, a number of biochars will be selected for detailed field and laboratory-based experiments to assess the different aspects of the biochar on crop nutrition and associated soil properties... The project (in collaboration with project CSO00041, Evelyn Krull CSIRO) uses a combination of fundamental and applied experiments to assess the potential fit of biochar into current and future farming systems with a particular focus on plant nutrient acquisition... 4) A web-calculator to assess the effect of biochar on crop productivity Research iIn conjunction with the DAFF national biochar initiative, the project team assembled over 80 different biochars (from different sources and produced under different temperature regimes) which have been analysed for various functions, such as C content, pH, CEC, adsorption capacity, stability, water-holding capacity, porosity and specific surface area...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Following are tips on how growers can ensure a high level of biosecurity when travelling and letting visitors on to the property... Make it known to all visitors that all machinery, vehicles, bins and boxes coming onto your property must be cleaned of soil residue... Keep browsing 0 Responses to On-farm biosecurity: Travelling and dealing with visitors by Dr Simon McKirdy (Plant Health Australia) and Greg Shea (WA Department of Agriculture)..
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