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Craig Thompson bought a WEEDit precision sprayer seven years ago and says it has become a crucial tool for summer weed control... A stark drop in growing-season rainfall in WA's northern wheatbelt means growers have to get crop roots much deeper into the soil profile to access moisture.. Craig says that wheat-on-wheat, with the aid of Clearfield wheats, has simplified the system and allowed him to concentrate on the single most important element - holding on to every drop of rain that falls...
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Into the first full moisture profile he has seen in his farming career, Wimmera grower David Jochinke planted sunflowers, a crop that used to be widely grown in the region in the 1970s.. David, from Murra Warra about 30 kilometres north of Horsham, planted the sunflowers as an 'opportunity crop' to offset losses from downgraded grain and weed control during the wet summer... Apart from the cost of transporting the harvest to one of the few southern sites equipped for drying and receiving sunflowers, David says the cost of seed, at $64/ha, was the largest expense and he was expecting the crop to return $500 to $600 a tonne...
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Into the first full moisture profile he has seen in his farming career, Wimmera grower David Jochinke planted sunflowers, a crop that used to be widely grown in the region in the 1970s.. David, from Murra Warra about 30 kilometres north of Horsham, planted the sunflowers as an 'opportunity crop' to offset losses from downgraded grain and weed control during the wet summer... Apart from the cost of transporting the harvest to one of the few southern sites equipped for drying and receiving sunflowers, David says the cost of seed, at $64/ha, was the largest expense and he was expecting the crop to return $500 to $600 a tonne...
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The paper aims to examine some of the knowledge gained recently from Grain & Graze activities and look at the current issues and future direction that these crops may take - not only within the crop rotation but also the farming system.. In a year such as 2011 summer rains were generally well in excess of crop requirements and our results show little difference in soil moisture levels following summer crops... A recent survey conducted by the author of approx 20 growers and agronomists in south western Victoria, who had been active with alternate break crops over a number of years, highlighted that there are three principle areas of consideration that help determine the appropriate break crop for a given situation..
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Ian Carter places a strong emphasis on late-season nitrogen application at Pine Ridge, NSW... The Harringtons previously waited for rain before seeding, but now embrace dryland farming techniques and start dry-seeding from 1 May. "Poor seasons educated us to put the crop in early, to insulate it against the dry spring," Tim says... Rowan and Graeme have worked with James Stewart of Vickery Bros., Coleraine, for 10 years to conduct deep nitrogen soil tests to assess what each crop removes from the soil and calculate yield potential and fertiliser requirements for the next season...
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Large infestation of feathertop Rhodes grass in southern Western Australia where it is spreading with summer rains.. "We have now confirmed that two populations from cropping land in New South Wales and Queensland and two from roadsides in South Australia are not controlled with glyphosate at the seedling stage and are classified as resistant," said Dr Chris Preston, chair of the Australian Glyphosate Sustainability Working Group (AGSWG)... Whilst the weed is not listed on any glyphosate herbicide labels, glyphosate has been widely used in Queensland and northern NSW to control seedlings...
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Large infestation of feathertop Rhodes grass in southern Western Australia where it is spreading with summer rains.. "We have now confirmed that two populations from cropping land in New South Wales and Queensland and two from roadsides in South Australia are not controlled with glyphosate at the seedling stage and are classified as resistant," said Dr Chris Preston, chair of the Australian Glyphosate Sustainability Working Group (AGSWG)... Whilst the weed is not listed on any glyphosate herbicide labels, glyphosate has been widely used in Queensland and northern NSW to control seedlings...
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Matt Curtis in a paddock he sowed to Wedgetail in January 2015 to try and get some cover on a sand hill... Matt first sowed Wedgetail in March 2011 on the back of 500 millimetres of summer rain - an extraordinary event - and some encouragement from Mallee Sustainable Farming agronomist Michael Moodie... Matt has already sown about 20ha Wedgetail this year to cover up a sand hill, but he will terminate it in autumn and sow the paddock to vetch...
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Early sowing delivers benefits in LRZ.. Matt Curtis in a paddock he sowed to Wedgetail in January 2015 to try and get some cover on a sand hill... Matt first sowed Wedgetail in March 2011 on the back of 500 millimetres of summer rain - an extraordinary event - and some encouragement from Mallee Sustainable Farming agronomist Michael Moodie...
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WA growers adapt to changing rainfall patterns.. Dr Stephens says earlier sowing has benefits for crops, as they experience lower evaporative demand through the growing season and appear to be less affected by declining rain in October and increasing spring temperatures... During the growing season, Dr Stephens says changing climate will also require adaptation of input strategies and changes to crop disease and pest risks, especially with more summer rain creating 'green bridges'...
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