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The area dedicated to GM crops now exceeds 170 million hectares across 28 countries, up six per cent from 2011... The five leading developing countries growing GM crops (China, India, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa) represent 40 per cent of the global population... Sudan and Cuba planted GM crops for the first time (cotton and corn respectively), while Germany, Sweden and Poland did not plant GM crops in 2012 because of product access and regulatory issues...
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By using the right amount of fertiliser at sowing and monitoring crop requirements throughout the season, growers can ensure nutrient-rich water doesn't escape into nearby rivers and simultaneously improve crop profitability," Dr Nash says... Better defining the relationships between inorganic soil nitrogen, fertiliser application rates and yield for different seasonal conditions is important. ".. Researchers found: Dr Nash says that minimising nitrogen applications at sowing also reduces non-redeemable costs and defers some expenditure decisions until later in the season when other factors affecting crop performance, such as moisture limitations or waterlogging, are evident. "..
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Efficiency sits at the top of farm evolution.. Following dramatic changes to his family's practices since his grandfather began farming their property in the Toobeah district in 1936, Robert says their mixed-farming approach is now dominated by the pursuit of increased efficiency... "There are rising input costs, but there are also efficiency increases," Robert says...
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Nuffield scholar Craig Duffield has been exploring how innovation can improve financial security for farming communities around the world, and now has fresh ideas for his own grains enterprise - By Alexandra Roginski (From left) Nuffield scholar Craig Duffield in a 'cocktail' cover crop in North Dakota, with USDA district conservationalist Jay Fuhrer and farmer Jerry Doehne... Craig says the practice is now spreading in the US, although it has not been as viable in Canada because its shorter seasons allow less time to grow a cover crop... Craig thinks that increased profitability through creative agronomy and flexible thinking can provide a 'buzz' about food production, and generate income opportunities sufficient to counter the pull, for young people, of the mining sector...
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Nuffield scholar Craig Duffield has been exploring how innovation can improve financial security for farming communities around the world, and now has fresh ideas for his own grains enterprise - By Alexandra Roginski (From left) Nuffield scholar Craig Duffield in a 'cocktail' cover crop in North Dakota, with USDA district conservationalist Jay Fuhrer and farmer Jerry Doehne... Craig says the practice is now spreading in the US, although it has not been as viable in Canada because its shorter seasons allow less time to grow a cover crop... Craig thinks that increased profitability through creative agronomy and flexible thinking can provide a 'buzz' about food production, and generate income opportunities sufficient to counter the pull, for young people, of the mining sector...
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Charlie Hilton was facing declining plant and stock health at his Bordertown, SA, property until he started investigating biological approaches, which stripped his practice back to basics and are now taking his farming to new levels.. Charlie says ryegrass and saia oats - both of which have very prolific root systems - help increase biology and aeration, and mineralise nutrients that are locked up in the soil, providing the ideal preparation for lucerne pasture or a cropping program... Soil health, says Charlie, is the key to biological farming, and his soils have undergone painstaking analysis, underpinned by the 'hole in the barrel' theory: that there is no point treating the soil with only three major elements if there are large imbalances and deficiencies with other elements...
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Deep fertiliser placement to restore productivity.. Subsoil constraints highlighted by GRDC-funded research since 2006 have prompted a new approach to fertiliser applications for the Black family near Toowoomba, Queensland.. "The residual effects of deep-banded immobile nutrients, such as phosphorus, mean that nutrients not taken up by plants in a wet season will remain where they have been placed in the subsoil [down to 20cm] and be available to subsequent crops in lower rainfall conditions."..
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This project aims to continue to develop Variety Specific Agronomy Packages (VSAP) for wheat, canola and lupins in southern NSW and wheat and chickpeas in northern NSW... The emphasis is on these crops as the development of management packages for barley and other pulses are currently covered under separate GRDC funded projects, DAN00028, Eastern Barley Agronomy and DAN 463, Pulse Agronomy... The focus will be on issues that improve the potential of a variety in a farming system rather than issues that improve farming systems as a whole...
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After five years researching ways to lift the profitability of mixed farms, the Grain & Graze program is entering a new phase of bolstering risk management Even before the $31 million Grain & Graze program drew to a close last year, it was being acclaimed a success for its positive influence on the sustainability and profitability of mixed farms in Australia's grainbelt... The challenge is anticipating what the season will be like and having the capacity to alter the crop and livestock ratio " Mr Donges says... AWI project manager Renelle Jeffrey says Grain & Graze also highlighted labour-saving technologies, including portable electric fencing, laneways and auto-drafting to simplify stock handling. "..
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The hot, dry conditions of September and October have largely curtailed the yield potential of most crops, which were already struggling with a difficult season... A number of steps are being implemented to maintain, with our partners across the grains sector, an effective R&D program... It is important to note that, given the severity and widespread nature of this drought, the GRDC"s ability to minimise the impact on R&D is a consequence of a reserve policy that has enabled us to build up the financial buffer that we now have at our disposal...
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