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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
Mention of a trade name or company in this publication does not imply endorsement of any product or company by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia... Overall, 60-70 per cent of flour is used in traditional flat breads, 20-25 per cent of flour is used in western style breads and 5-10 per cent is used in cakes and biscuits... In summary, canola varieties sown 2-3 weeks earlier than normal (early to mid April) can be grazed in winter prior to bud elongation (usually providing 600-800 dse grazing days/ha) and recover with no impact on yield or oil...
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With frost damage now estimated to be costing growers $360 million a year, the Australian National Frost Program (ANFP) is broadening its assault on the issue... Dr Juttner says methods varied across the country, so the results could not be compared... Dr Juttner says the method ANFP researchers have now developed involves staggered times of sowing, so that when a frost event hits they can tag individual heads of different wheat and barley varieties, at the same stage of development - in other words, they can compare the effect of frost on different cultivars at a synchronised developmental stage and compare like with like...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
We conducted 56 replicated plot experiments on a range of integrated disease management (IDM) strategies under this project aimed at reducing losses and refining management of these diseases... Three replicated trials were conducted in 2007 with 24 different treatments evaluated for the control of CR in both a bread wheat and durum variety... In collaboration with CAS, we tested stubble samples from 312 paddocks in northern NSW for levels of CR and CRR during this project...
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Dr Phil Davies from SARDI checks the performance of field pea plants in a trial at the University of Adelaide's Waite campus in South Australia... "The heat-stress tolerance is due to several genes dispersed across the genome - a situation that makes it difficult to breed all genes into elite cultivars without the genes becoming separated during the genetic recombination that occurs during sexual reproduction," Dr Davies says... Dr Davies has found there is sufficient interest in the trait to pursue molecular markers, which may provide a viable way to rapidly select for these heat-tolerance genes using a cost-effective DNA typing technology favoured by breeders...
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Harvest is crunch time for each year's crop, and always a good opportunity to evocatively capture on film the season's end-game.. Harvester at night in fields with moon shining through clouds... In the areas, growers suggest that early sowing, good winter rains and newer wheat varieties, such as LongReach ScoutA and Mace, have all contributed to the production achieved, despite receiving only 40mm of spring rain...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
A national network of demonstration sites, co-ordinated by key farm groups (owned and driven by farmers) in each State working in conjunction with State Agencies and CSIRO, will examine new and alternative strategies for farmers in the Australian broadacre wheat/sheep zone to mitigate the negative effects and capitalise on the opportunities of climate change on their production systems... The farm groups are uniquely situated to, not only demonstrate new practices, but also to bring awareness of the impacts of climate change and adaptations required to ensure continuing farm viability... Farmers in the dryland wheat-sheep zone will have greater awareness of the likely impacts of climate change on their production systems and are in a better position to develop practices which mitigate the likely negative impacts of climate change on their enterprise viability...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The objective of the national demonstration initiative is to establish a network of farms to demonstrate strategies for grain farming systems that address adaptation to climate change impacts... As a consequence: - Farmers and advisers have direct access to, and learning from, on-ground demonstration of new and existing, locally-relevant adaptations to climate change to maintain or enhance farm viability.- Rapid dissemination of meaningful and believable messages on adapting to climate change to their local communities.- Assessment of the emission implications of the demonstrated different adaptations using existing National Greenhouse Gas.. In collaboration with grower groups (including Facey, Liebe, North Mallee Farm Improvement Group and WANTFA), the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) has planned a network of farms demonstrating climate risk management strategies across the central WA wheatbelt in 2011...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Workshops to help growers combat frost.. Farmers can find out by attending Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Pre-Seeding Frost Workshops in March... "Other expert speakers will include Ben Biddulph and Ian Foster (DAFWA), Steven Crimp (CSIRO), Rebecca Jenkinson (Living Farms) and Steve Curtin (ConsultAg)," he said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Publications
" Goondiwindi GRDC Grains Research Update Day 1 - Tuesday 4 th March Time Topic Speaker (s) 10:00 AM James Clark (Chair Northern Welcome Panel GRDC) 10:10 AM General plenary (Supported by North West Local Land Services) 10:10 AM 10:40 AM.. Overall, both models are acceptable for modelling soil evaporation over a range of soils and seasons provided accurate soil physical properties and starting water states are known... Overall, populations increased five times compared to before planting the summer crops, but remained below 250/kg soil (Figure 4)...
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Catalogue: NVT Online Papers
Canola is often windrowed to ensure all pods are mature at harvest... In summary, windrowing too early can result in lower yields and oil contents and too late will lead to shattering losses... Canola is sold into a deregulated domestic market and the responsibility of finding an acceptable price and arranging a buyer rests with the grower...
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