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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Northern New South Wales grain grower and company director Richard Clark has been appointed as the new GRDC chair, replacing Gunnedah grower Keith Perrett... In partnership with his wife Barbara, Mr Clark runs a 1340-hectare grain enterprise at Tulloona where the focus is on summer and winter cereals, pulses and oilseeds... A graduate of the Orange Agricultural College, and a fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Mr Clark has considerable experience as a chair and director of companies in the agricultural sector...
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Catalogue: GRDC 2014 Research Summaries
In August 2012 the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) announced that it would conduct a review to look at the use of Neonicotinoid insecticides in Australia (http://www.apvma.gov.au/news_media/chemicals/neonics.php)This work included a consideration of current data requirements for testing of insecticides and the adequacy of current bee warnings on pesticide product labels... One of the draft recommendations arising from the APVMA "s overview report stated.. The APVMA in partnership with other agencies should consider holding a 1-day symposium for a wide range of stakeholders...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
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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Catalogue: GRDC 2014 Research Summaries
The communication has been important in identifying research priorities and particularly delivering in-field outcomes associated with the management of powdery mildew fungicide resistance in barley... The communication with stakeholders has been carried out in general by the laboratory scientists and while effective, it has not been particularly efficient... Following completion of the National Plant Pathology Review, the GRDC invited us to submit a four year-project focussed on communication of fungicide resistance management strategies to a level comparable with that available to stakeholders for herbicide resistance management...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
A commitment to deliver research, development and extension results more quickly to the Australian grains industry is behind the new GRDC website, launched recently at Parliament House by Sussan Ley, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture... Tom McCue, GRDC Extension and Grower Programs manager, says the need to more easily and accurately search and resource GRDC-supported research, development and extension material drove the redevelopment... The GRDC believes in transparent communication with all of our stakeholders, so the website provides timely, relevant information on GRDC operations, including investment planning and other procurement processes," Mr McCue says...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Variety committees to seek local input.. The new NACS will complement another 10 advisory committees, representing a range of agricultural zones across Australia... A recent meeting for the WA advisory committees addressed a range of operational issues including: distribution of trial sites; development of sowing windows; canola maturity groups; development of benchmark varieties; relevant commercial varieties; and herbicide technology canola trials...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
Market Based Ecosystem Services 2009 Nuffield Australia All rights reserved... Recognising that agriculture is vital to the nation's food security and sustainable ecosystem preservation, and that consumers need to pay the true price for ecosystem goods and services... d. consider in detail all funding options, including those proposed in this report; e. create a communications strategy for end users and land managers to promote the ESS and its benefits; 50 Market Based Ecosystem Services f. establish an education and training programme to deliver extension services to land managers; and, g. develop a rigorous monitoring and evaluation programme to underpin the scheme's integrity...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The past twelve months have been a continuing evolution of the whole barley marketplace... As the impact of the deregulation of the barley market is now stabilizing with growers aware of the new marketing arrangements, the next change underway is the privatization of the barley "front end" that will see the transformation of the breeding functions into a number of new commercially-driven bodies, with concurrent impact on growers... The specific requirements of the end users, especially the brewers, will determine the types and characteristics of the malting barley sought on the basis of continual improvement whereby any new variety will only be considered for malting quality if it has superior agronomic, malting and brewing advantages over the barleys they replace...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
" Core DRT Database to Support the Ground Application of Pesticides (boom sprayer), accommodating Nozzles, Formulations and Adjuvants.. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) recently implemented new policy requiring new pesticides to be assessed for the potential risk of spray drift, but has indicated that it will consider submission of further data by stakeholders to develop a drift reduction factor model, incorporating the use of new technology low drift spray nozzles, shrouds and spray additives... With pesticides accounting for up to 30 per cent of the variable input costs of grain production, ensuring spray operations are effective and that drift is minimised will save money and time...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The project will evaluate the role and benefits of canola, juncea canola and mustard in the South West Queensland and North West New South Wales crop production areas (regional centres of Roma and Mungindi)... The project will investigate the performance of these brassicas in a range of scenarios to determine how they might fit into the farming system and will measure the rotational benefits of these crops in cereal and cereal/chickpea rotation systems... In the first year of the project, demonstration plantings of selected brassica varieties will take place on farms throughout the region to raise awareness of opportunities for these crops, and a detailed literature review and stakeholder workshop will be conducted to identify priorities for subsequent years field trials...
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