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Strategic tillage "The key to successful no-till farming into the future is likely to be flexibility and the introduction of strategic tillage," says Dr Yash Dang, a GRDC-funded researcher at the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) in Toowoomba... Dr Dang has been evaluating the effects of strategic tillage in no till systems on weeds and soil health. ".. Strategic tillage allows growers to keep most of the associated soil health and labour benefits of no till, with many of the advantages of a tillage system," says Dr Dang...
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Research by the University of Western Australia (UWA) and grower groups has found that light grazing of sheep on crop residues over summer has little impact on the following no-till crops... Dr Ken Flower from UWA's School of Plant Biology and Institute of Agriculture led the study to see if summer grazing of residue had an impact on the following crop yields in the no-till system... The results showed that light grazing of sheep on crop residues had no significant effect on the amount of residue, soil properties, soil water, weeds or yield in the following crop...
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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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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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Frost pre-empted by research and experience.. In the absence of a 'silver bullet', three growers explain how they combine experience with research to frost-proof their businesses... Other frost management strategies include: thermal imaging, which has identified a 3 C to 4 C difference in minimum temperatures between some paddocks, guiding where frost-sensitive varieties are planted; planting frost-prone paddocks last to help avoid the high-risk frost period; using paddock records to monitor frost history; and planting according to frost-prone areas, such as concentrating pasture crops and hay varieties on sandy zones and around creeks...
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Research to test wild radish control.. Mr Ashworth will investigate strategies to reduce the risk of glyphosate resistance in the weed and whether it is developing resilience in response to changing patterns of herbicide use... "Given the past use of glyphosate to control wild radish, and the new use patterns, selection pressures are likely to increase increasing the risk of glyphosate resistance developing."..
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The Central Queensland (CQ) region, including the Central Highlands and Dawson/Callide subregions, is home to some 400 grain growers... The CQ production environment is characterised by a summer dominant extremely variable and often marginal rainfall... In response to the complex, flexible and risky CQ production environment, grain growers have developed a highly opportunistic production system that is based on maximizing the use of rainfall...
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Crown rot is currently one of the two most costly diseases to growers across the northern and southern grain growing regions of eastern Australia... Conservation farming practices to maximise water use efficiency that involve stubble retention such as no-till, have meant that diseases such as crown rot are on the increase... Strategic communication around crown rot needs to.....
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The loss of herbicides to resistance will increase costs to growers, increase the difficulty of management and threaten the sustainability of farms... The results of the project will be delivered primarily through fact sheets and other publications and through the farm advisor learning groups... The GRDC IPSOS survey will be used to measure this output via measures of adoption of Integrated Weed Management practices with a target of15% in adoption of practices that reduce the risks of glyphosate or Group I resistant weeds...
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