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Webcast heralds new age for industry debate.. The panel, chaired by the national editor of ABC Rural, Leigh Radford, and including GRDC managing director John Harvey, discussed how breeding could overcome the 'tough nuts' facing Australia's wheat growers - frost, drought and protection from disease... The rodent panel included three members of the National Mouse Management Working Group - Dr Rohan Rainbow (GRDC manager crop protection), Dr Simon Humphrys (commercialisation manager, Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre) and Andrew Polkinghorne (South Australian Mouse Working Party) - and addressed an increase in mouse numbers in an area covering more than a fifth of south-east Australia's cropping area...
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Webcast heralds new age for industry debate.. The panel, chaired by the national editor of ABC Rural, Leigh Radford, and including GRDC managing director John Harvey, discussed how breeding could overcome the 'tough nuts' facing Australia's wheat growers - frost, drought and protection from disease... The rodent panel included three members of the National Mouse Management Working Group - Dr Rohan Rainbow (GRDC manager crop protection), Dr Simon Humphrys (commercialisation manager, Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre) and Andrew Polkinghorne (South Australian Mouse Working Party) - and addressed an increase in mouse numbers in an area covering more than a fifth of south-east Australia's cropping area...
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Dr Kith Jayasena, GRDC supported plant pathologist with DAFWA at Albany, has urged WA growers to be vigilant in checking barley crops for barley leaf rust and adopt a 'no-nonsense' approach if found... He said barley leaf rust had been found in two South Stirling commercial crops and growers finding the pin-sized orange rust pustules on barley leaves would have to spray to protect their crops, as most varieties are susceptible. ".. Dr Jayasena advises growers to have suspected rust checked for free by DAFWA at AGWEST Plant Laboratories (Tel 9368 3721)...
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Readers interested in any of the new varieties are encouraged to research them further on the National Variety Trials (NVT) website at www.nvtonline.com.au/new-varieties.. Pulses PB Blitz is a medium red lentil suited to all current lentil areas and is the earliest flowering and maturing red lentil available... Ideally fits medium to very high-rainfall areas including irrigation, and exhibits excellent hybrid vigour...
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A new wheat research agreement between ICARDA, based in Syria, and CIMMYT, based in Mexico, will help consolidate the collection and use of wheat progenitors from the 'cradle of agriculture' - Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) - that can provide novel genetic traits including rust resistance... The ICARDA/CIMMYT Wheat Improvement Program (ICWIP) is headed by Dr Sanjaya Rajaram, who joined ICARDA in 2005 after spending 34 years at CIMMYT, where he took over as head of the wheat breeding program from the Nobel Laureate Dr Norman Borlaug... The gene banks at both ICARDA and CIMMYT, which Australian breeders use, are also undergoing maintenance as part of ICWIP. Dr Rajaram is keen to upgrade the collection of progenitor grasses obtained from the CWANA region, as it contains wide genetic diversity that breeders can use to improve spring, facultative and winter bread wheat, and durum...
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Foliar disease workshops prepare advisers for 2012 As grain growers plan their approach to season 2012, sound advice to help develop a proactive strategy to manage cereal foliar diseases is a must... Grains advisers can update their knowledge on control for a range of diseases, such as rust, yellow leaf spot, net blotch, scald, Stagonospora , Septoria and powdery mildew at a series of training courses to be held across Australia... How to manage the recent development of resistance in powdery mildew to triazole fungicides and the potential for resistance to occur in other disease/fungicide combinations is also an issue advisers need to be across."..
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New campaign highlights need to plan for unprecedented rust risk.. A new campaign launched today by the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program (ACRCP) is encouraging growers to be proactive and plan their 2011 rust management strategy now in response to the worst disease risk in nearly 40 years... "This year, wheat growers face an unprecedented risk of stripe, stem and leaf rust because of increased inoculum levels in crops during 2010 and the potential for carry over on volunteer plants, called the green bridge, thriving following high summer rainfall," he said...
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The campaign - called the Rust Bust - is supported by the GRDC and gives growers tips on more effectively managing rust and adopting a 'select and protect' strategy... "This year, wheat growers in eastern Australia face an unprecedented risk of stripe, stem and leaf rust because of increased inoculum levels in crops during 2010 and the potential for carryover on volunteer plants, called the green bridge, thriving following high summer rainfall," he says... "A rust outbreak in Australia has the potential to slash farm incomes which is why it is so vital we plan our response to rust this year at the beginning of the season, rather than waiting for a rust outbreak to occur and then planning a control approach," he says...
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Grain producers have been urged to give stripe rust a greater priority when selecting triticale varieties following the discovery of a new strain of the airborne fungus... The varieties Jackie, Breakwell, Speedee, Abacus, Prime 322, Kosciuszko, Hillary and Madonna are all vulnerable to the new pathotype," Dr Wellings said. ".. The strain was first found on a sample of Jackie triticale at Bingara, near Moree in northern NSW. "It was the first rust sample I received for the season and it took a while for us to determine it was a new strain," he said...
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Farmers who have the capacity to run a profitable business amid challenging circumstances such as increased seasonal variability tend to have common characteristics, the 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture was told... David Gray, a development officer with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), studied the business behaviours of resilient farmers in WA and identified six common characteristics: scanning the business environment for opportunities, changes, trends; engaging in contingency planning; building flexibility into the business; actively building relationships with others including growers, agronomists, suppliers; and continually experimenting and making innovations... The first characteristic common to all was the practice of scanning the business environment for changes, trends, emerging opportunities or threats...
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