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Mouse monitoring a must to reduce crop damage risk.. NMMWG chair Ian Hastings says that monitoring must continue to occur on a paddock-by-paddock basis and growers should be prepared to bait immediately after sowing where higher than normal activity is identified. ".. Some breeding has been occurring and in those areas where mice caused significant damage last year or where paddocks are at high risk, considerable precautions must be taken."..
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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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Western Australian grain growers are encouraged to remain vigilant in monitoring crops for signs of mice during seeding and the growing season, and to make use of the interactive MouseAlert website... CSIRO researcher Steve Henry, who is surveying mice for a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)-funded project, said the project could not monitor the full extent of mouse activity and encouraged growers and advisers to report presence, absence and activity levels of the pest using MouseAlert... "MouseAlert is an online tool which aims to improve early warnings for possible plagues to enable a rapid response to increases in mouse activity," he said...
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'Be alert, not alarmed' is the message to grain growers across Queensland and New South Wales when it comes to mice activity this winter... Recent reports suggest that mouse numbers have been moderate to high in areas of northern NSW and on the Darling Downs and growers are being urged to monitor populations and activity during and after sowing of this year's winter crops... Qualitative observations from the paddock are a critical part of ensuring that the surveillance data is up-to-date, extensive and useful, and growers and advisors are urged to report and map mouse presence, absence and level of activity through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) supported MouseAlert website and app so others can see the scale and extent of localised mouse activity...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
" Integrating New Technologies to Improve Yield Stability and Enhance Genetic Gain in Barley and Sorghum Breeding Programs.. In this project we propose to extend the results of an earlier project DAQ00076 which investigated ways of integrating new technologies into breeding plant breeding programs to generate step change in the rate of genetic gain... The work to date has received global attention with Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc supporting a large study based on our integrated approach in sorghum in Australia and preparing to refund the activity......
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The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has announced new support for growers and advisers to increase farm business management skills... Throughout 2011 GRDC will work on a number of fronts to increase grower and adviser capacity in farm business management... Introductory farm business management workshops for growers to be held across South Australia, NSW and Victoria...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
A critical component was ensuring that research issues and priorities were determined by the industry itself through three local committees made up of experienced advisers together with local growers... Feedback from a range of sources including growers, advisers, key researchers, together with agribusiness has indicated the Northern Grower Alliance (NGA) approach has been a very valuable contributor to the northern grains region because of adherence to a number of key principles... The similarity in results obtained has helped to generate a larger data set to give the industry additional confidence and also helped to raise their independent trial credibility...
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Some breeding has been occurring and in those areas where mice caused significant damage last year or where paddocks are at high risk, considerable precautions must be taken.".. In New South Wales, activity has been described as: Mr Hastings said it was hoped that mouse breeding would now begin to reduce with the onset of cooler temperatures and shortening of daylight hours. ".. Carryover populations of mice from autumn have the potential to cause severe damage to crops at flowering and seed set and so monitoring for damage and applying bait where necessary is imperative."..
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Growers in the Jimbour and Warra areas of the western Darling Downs are reporting similar levels of mouse activity in sorghum... "At present the higher levels of mouse activity are confined to a small area, but with continuing warm weather and readily available food sources, that area could easily expand further on the Downs causing problems with winter crop sowing.".. Caption: Rodent biologist Julianne Farrell recommends that growers begin checking mouse activity in paddocks, particularly after harvest and prior to sowing winter crops...
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Grain growers in the southern cropping region are encouraged to monitor mouse populations and activity using MouseAlert ( www.mousealert.org.au ) in the lead-up to sowing of this year's winter crops... Grazing creates disturbance to mice because sheep are trampling the ground," Mr Henry says. ".. In south-eastern Australia, Mr Henry surveys mice at three critical times of the year: March to determine numbers ahead of seeding; June to assess activity during the crop growing phase; and in spring to get an understanding of population size and breeding activity prior to harvest...
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