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An emerging sunflower crop affected by slugs.. We also had issues with preventing the airflow in the seeder blowing the lighter baits off target and stubble impeding the bait placement making it harder for slugs to find the baits.".. Mr Pilkington believes the application at sowing made a huge difference to bait placement accuracy and the residue managers on the precision planter helped with putting baits onto clear ground for the slugs to find...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
We have now successfully applied this method to wheat, and have been successful in generating many new semi-dwarfing alleles in the same gene as the original Rht1... The studies now provide us with new sources of height variation in both barley and wheat, Australia?s two main cereal crops... A new method has been developed that allows the isolation of large numbers of mutants involving a gene that is important in regulating growth of wheat and barley...
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The system Prolonged periods of low rainfall over the past ten years in southern NSW have prompted many growers to become more proactive and adapt to the changing conditions by modifying their farming systems... No-till, stubble retained farming systems are rapidly being adopted to maximise crop water use... Despite the many benefits of this system, the efficacy of pre-emergent herbicides remains one of the major concerns for growers who have adopted this system, and remains a barrier.....
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
When Philp Brodie Grains faced potential traffic disruptions from a new neighbour - a Bunnings hardware store - the company reluctantly decided it would have to move... As well as its grain merchant and seed specialist business, Philp Brodie housed a grading and milling operation, Maralong Milling, owned by Philp Brodie directors John Philp and Peter Brodie and local milling stalwarts Ron Plant and Geoff Arthy... As a small producer of soybeans (and mungbeans), Australia's crop is a niche production, which is why the directors say keeping soybeans GM-free is important to their business...
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A match made in canola heaven.. In the first series we look at how growers and researchers teamed up to turn canola into one of the mainstays of today's cropping system... "Over a decade of experiments, our team demonstrated the rotational benefit of canola, and growers saw that while it could be expensive and tricky to grow, it was profitable if you took a two-year view," he says...
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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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Catalogue: Ground Cover
No-till captures carbon for Kyoto.. After spending billions of dollars exploring high-tech engineering options to sequester carbon - like pumping carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into underground geological structures or deep into the ocean - researchers in the US have acknowledged that farming and forestry are the most cost-effective means of removing CO 2 from the atmosphere... When Dr Rainbow visited the US, the voluntary carbon market was offering less than US$2 (A$2.60) a tonne of CO 2 while in Europe the figure was 19 euros ( 2 concentrations is valued at more than US$25/t and carbon credits are trading on Chicago Climate Exchange for just under US$5 and..
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
western region when to sow wheat to minimise risk the optimal sowing date results in wheat flowering after the last frost and with adequate reserves of soil moisture before heat stress begins... only in seasons with a favourable spring did yields increase with later sowing... in Australia, developmental stages are commonly referred to as 'growth stages'...
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nortHern region Balancing the risk for wheat the optimal sowing date results in wheat flowering after the last frost but before heat stress events begin... KeY POINts early planting can accelerate establishment and make full use of the growing season but can increase the risk of frost during critical growth stages and can increase the chance of crops running out of moisture before critical reproductive stages... in Australia, developmental stages are commonly referred to as 'growth stages'...
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An authority in soil science is among those suggesting closer long-term scrutiny of soil health using precision agriculture (PA) technology and on-farm trials to rectify areas where crops under-perform because of poor water use efficiency... Esperance-based David Hall, of the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), says root growth and water use by crops are often restricted by subsoil constraints including sodicity, salinity, boron toxicity and acidity which, to some extent, can be alleviated by applying gypsum... At the Mt Madden Field Walk in September 2010, Mr Hall observed the crop growth differences between the treatments highlighted the short-term benefit of gypsum in helping to increase crop emergence, root growth, water infiltration and water storage...
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