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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Light stubble grazing doesn't reduce crop yields.. Light sheep grazing of crop residues over summer in no-till systems does not negatively impact on subsequent grain crop yields, soil health or ground cover, Western Australian research has confirmed... UWA agronomy lecturer Ken Flower said it had been suspected that light sheep grazing did not reduce grain yields and soil health in WA's no-till farming systems, as long as sufficient crop residue was retained to prevent wind erosion and maintain water infiltration...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
tolerate grazing and can recover to produce a grain or hay crop; provide forage to fill the winter feed gap in the livestock cycle; and facilitate grazing as a canopy management tool... Dual-purpose crops are increasingly being used in the high rainfall zones (HRZs) of south-eastern Australia to provide additional winter forage, and there is growing interest in sowing dual-purpose varieties in the drier regions of southern and western Australia... a late application of nitrogen can help to optimise grain yields...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The successful Grain & Graze program, which integrates mixed-farming research, development and extension - the foundation on which much of Australian broadacre farming stands - is entering a third phase focusing on risk management, grazing on crop lands and crop/fodder rotations... Funded by the GRDC for the next three years, the new $3.8 million Grain & Graze 3 (G&G3), covering southern and western Australia, aims to improve the profitability, sustainability and resilience of mixed-farming enterprises, which account for the majority of Australia's broadacre landholdings... A better understanding of risk factors has also helped increase grower confidence in decision-making, something that southern region coordinator Cam Nicholson wants to take further: "We will be drilling down to a local level and aiming to do individual risk assessments, piloted in G&G2...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The crop was assessed for stripe rust infection at a number of stages throughout the trial... ANOVA was used to assess treatment affects on yield with the calculated LSD used to separate significant mean at the 95% confidence level... Using the table above assuming the pre-grazing tillering spray was sufficient to control any Yr infection present at that time we can extrapolate the disease effects from other effects that grazing may have had such as canopy manipulation...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
tolerate grazing and can recover to produce a grain or hay crop; provide forage to fill the winter feed gap in the livestock cycle; and facilitate grazing as a canopy management tool... Dual-purpose crops are increasingly being used in the high rainfall zones (HRZs) of south-eastern Australia to provide additional winter forage, and there is growing interest in sowing dual-purpose varieties in the drier regions of southern and western Australia... a late application of nitrogen can help to optimise grain yields...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Identical to Herald strand medic but with the addition of excellent tolerance to SU herbicides applied 4 to 12 months before sowing... Effect of SU herbicide applied in January and February at 0, 50 & 100% of suggested summer rates, (metsulfuron methyl - 3.5 & 7g/ha of product triasulfuron - 9 & 18 g/ha) on the dry matter production of Angel and Herald sown four months later at a low rainfall alkaline soil site on Eyre Peninsula... The options for controlling weeds in the pasture phase for Angel are essentially the same as for other medics...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
It has shown that the use of such crops can increase farm income and that grazing can have minimal effects of grain yield... Provided apical meristems are no more than 5-10 millimetres above the plant crown when grazing commences, CSIRO Plant Industry's results indicate that grazing appears to retard apical extension, so that the 'grazing off' of meristems is minimised... There is an urgent need for better understanding of the plant physiological processes underpinning the recovery of the crop from grazing, especially in relation to the dynamics of soil moisture available to the crop...
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Catalogue: Grains Notes DEPI VIC
Septoria blotch of field peas is usually a minor disease occurring sporadically in Victoria and South Australia but has caused major crop losses in NSW... Typical leaf lesions caused by Septoria... Septoria can be managed by using an integrated approach that encompasses crop rotation, stubble management and fungicides...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Grazing wheat crops can avoid frost in Great Southern.. The trial also investigated a later grazing start, seven weeks after sowing, and grazing for 10 and 20-day intervals... Mr Curtin says grazing wheat crops earlier (four weeks after sowing) and for a shorter period (10 days) seems to have the least impact on plant growth and provide the best yield potential...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Winter habit canola has been successfully sown in spring, grazed over summer and harvested for grain in 2012 and 2013... The experiment has demonstrated the ability of canola to recover from the stress of complete defoliation and go on to produce a fairly handy grain yield... Successful germination needs good seed/soil contact, so a loose, friable soil free of lumps and clods is suggested...
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