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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Photo of Andrew and Jocelyn Bate at proof-of-concept trials.. Andrew and Jocelyn Bate look to the future of grain growing with an early vision of a prototype agricultural robot undergoing proof-of-concept trials on their family's property near Emerald, Queensland... Andrew said the emphasis on technology that allows the robots to function as a cooperative swarm has already led researchers to develop a "docking and filling" system that enables the AgBots to automatically refuel...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Grain growers in the southern cropping region are being advised that they can take action to improve weed control in wheel tracks during summer fallow spraying... A Weed Control in Wheel Tracks Fact Sheet , produced by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), details measures that can reduce poor control of weeds in the sprayer's wheel tracks and adjacent areas during summer fallow applications... Lack of weed control in these areas can be the result of poor spray deposition, excessive dust or a combination of the two...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
In terms of in-crop rainfall, recent seasons in many grain-growing areas have been little better than those experienced during the Millennium Drought... After a promising start, there was little follow-up rain in many districts the majority of growers still reported a satisfactory result... Growers who have been progressively improving their soil-moisture management, and becoming more comfortable with programs such as Yield Profit , had enough confidence even to top-dress with urea despite the lack of rain...
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A range of options is needed for effective summer weed control.. All these summer weeds have populations that are either resistant to glyphosate or naturally tolerant of glyphosate (such as feathertop Rhodes grass).. The weeds in question - awnless barnyard grass, feathertop Rhodes grass (FTR), windmill grass, liverseed grass, sowthistle and the notorious fleabane - are all a problem in summer fallows: "And all have populations either resistant to glyphosate or naturally tolerant to glyphosate (such as FTR)...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
The outputs of this and previous projects confirm the ability of CQ grain growers to produce more grain from less water using an opportunity cropping strategy during a decade of low rainfall years (2000-2009) and still maintain a profitable industry... This group of activities showed that the technologies assessed in the project were not 'grower friendly', and that they needed a high level of expertise for successful use and adoption... Cropping frequency An assessment of cropping sequences over 10 years on the Moonggoo and Kilmore case study farms examined the potential for increasing the cropping frequency in CQ as a means of improving the profitability of grain production...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Weed control on non-crop areas outside the paddock and on the perimeter of crops can sometimes be overlooked... Weeds often invade from the perimeters of paddocks, so an important integrated weed management (IWM) tactic is to keep fencelines and paddock boundaries free of invading species... "Long term sustainable weed management requires an IWM strategy using a range of different tools, not just to manage the weeds that you can see but to prevent them getting into the paddock in the first place...
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Brome grass needs multi-pronged attack.. When herbicides are put under pressure resistant weeds are quickly selected for, such as this population of brome grass... Break crops need to be employed with other management tools including: high seeding rates at sowing for improved competition with brome grass plants; effective herbicide choice with correct rates, droplet size and timing; regular resistance testing if herbicide failure is suspected; retaining or sourcing clean seed for future use; and monitoring brome grass levels in all paddocks while planning future use...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
A bridge too far - weeds a reservoir for hidden diseases.. Weeds that survive in a bridge, both living and dead, harbour multiple crop diseases including crown rot, rust and powdery mildew, says Sue Thompson from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)... Controlling weeds in green and brown bridges is a community issue and requires neighbours to work together to remove volunteers and weeds, Ms Thompson says...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Download double knock fact sheet.. A new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) fact sheet shows northern grain growers how, when and why to use double knock herbicide applications... GRDC-funded research shows using a double knock approach in fallow paddocks gives growers a reliable technique to control difficult weeds while also assisting in the management of herbicide resistance...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Download double knock fact sheet.. A new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) fact sheet shows northern grain growers how, when and why to use double knock herbicide applications... GRDC-funded research shows using a double knock approach in fallow paddocks gives growers a reliable technique to control difficult weeds while also assisting in the management of herbicide resistance...
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