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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Every season grazing crops have provided a benefit to the whole farm bottom line, from the wetter years of the eighties and nineties when grazing wheat was the outstanding enterprise, through the dry years from 2002 to 2009, where grazing crops provided a crucial "fall back" position for winter dry matter production; reducing and often avoiding the otherwise required supplementary feeding... Again in 2010 with a return to more favorable conditions, grazing cereals and grazing canola performed extremely well, providing benefits right across the farm with a resulting increase in whole farm profitability... The trial was set up so that sheep grazing days could be measured across a range of grazing scenarios, which were compared to set stocking the same area of a good phalaris and sub clover pasture...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
Recent trials have shown that spring sowing of winter canola can provide increased returns compared to a summer fallow... Spring-sown winter canola at Dunkeld pictured just before grazing in summer 2011 (left) and at flowering in spring 2012 (right).. For a winter variety, this means plants can be sown in spring, grazed during summer and then grow and recover in the lead-up to winter...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
The project has shown that: grazing does not increase the spread of Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV) in wheat crops... In summary, grazing at 67.3 dry sheep equivalents (DSE)/ha for 31 days or at 33.7 DSE/ha for 62 days significantly reduced canopy leaf area index but also resulted in significantly increased photosynthetic rates post-grazing in young, fully expanded leaves... In summary, results showed that the fraction of incident light intercepted by grazed crops was reduced to only 10-20% compared with 95% in ungrazed crop...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
There is limited data to support this concern in the southern HRZ. Trials conducted over several years at Lake Bolac, Werneth and Inverleigh showed no significant increase in ARG population in 2013 when grazed in summer and winter compared to no grazing (Figure 1)... Population of annual ryegrass measured in late winter over consecutive years at Inverleigh, Lake Bolac and Werneth... We believe of greater importance is the amount of ARG that is likely to survive late in the cropping phase, irrespective of whether grazing has occurred or not...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
Recent trials have shown that spring sowing of winter canola can provide increased returns compared to a summer fallow... Spring-sown winter canola at Dunkeld pictured just before grazing in summer 2011 (left) and at flowering in spring 2012 (right).. For a winter variety, this means plants can be sown in spring, grazed during summer and then grow and recover in the lead-up to winter...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The crop was assessed for Yr infection at a number of stages throughout the trial... ANOVA was used to assess the impact upon yield as a result of the various treatments and the LSD was used to separate the means... In considering scenarios 1 & 2 where no fungicide is applied, so Yr was not controlled pre grazing, the grazing sees an increase in yield of 0.54 t/ha which is significantly different...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The grazing of winter cereal crops has been widely adopted, especially in southern NSW... Barley with its vigorous early growth generally produces more dry matter for grazing and greater grain yield compared to grazed wheat... Dry matter production for EGA Gregory for the early grazing system was insufficient to support grazing...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Background Since the development of long-season and winter wheats for Australia, well-managed dual-purpose cereal crops have provided opportunities to increase the profitability and flexibility on mixed farms, by increasing winter stocking rates and providing income from forage and grain... Recently we have focussed on investigating and quantifying the benefits of integrating these at the whole-farm scale, including productivity of crop and pasture phases, profitability, managerial flexibility and risk management... We recorded the extra grazing days obtained from crop grazing (compared with continuously grazed pasture) and then the extra pasture production was evaluated for each of the crop-grazing treatments in terms of extra grazing days achieved compared with a continuously grazed pasture (Table 1)...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
The workshop on March 21 will offer the latest information and technical insights to enhance participants' understanding of canola agronomy, variety selection and crop management... They will discuss the benefits of growing winter canola in Tasmania, optimising canola profitability and water use efficiency, nutrient input decisions in the high rainfall zone, as well as canola disease and agronomy... More information about the workshop, including registration details, can be found at www.agcommunicators.com.au ...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
The workshop on March 21 will offer the latest information and technical insights to enhance participants' understanding of canola agronomy, variety selection and crop management... They will discuss the benefits of growing winter canola in Tasmania, optimising canola profitability and water use efficiency, nutrient input decisions in the high rainfall zone, as well as canola disease and agronomy... More information about the workshop, including registration details, can be found at www.agcommunicators.com.au ...
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