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Royce Taylor started his farm by buying 3700 hectares from the family, and has built it up to 5000 hectares... Royce has noticed the increasing variability in the climate since he returned to the area from school and university 20 years ago to buy his farm... Royce also keeps track of marketing through the media and consultants' reports, and reads Countryman, Farm Weekly and the GRDC's Ground Cover...
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Research sheds light on Rhizoctonia control.. Research sheds light on Rhizoctonia control The use of break crops significantly reduces Rhizoctonia inoculum levels, but this beneficial effect lasts only until the end of the following cereal crop... The lower levels are maintained through to the end of the next summer reducing the risk of Rhizoctonia damage to the crop grown in the year following the break crop. "..
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Efficiency sits at the top of farm evolution.. Following dramatic changes to his family's practices since his grandfather began farming their property in the Toobeah district in 1936, Robert says their mixed-farming approach is now dominated by the pursuit of increased efficiency... "There are rising input costs, but there are also efficiency increases," Robert says...
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Time-controlled grazing of pastures consisting of perennials and annuals, including balansa clover, is helping David Giddings achieve high stocking rates and growth rates of his prime lambs... Overall, perennials are providing more feed and extend the period of useable green feed by about a month.".. David decided to move to a 50:50 wheat/canola rotation to reduce grass herbicide use to 50 per_cent of the rotation...
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New ways to manage weeds in no-till.. Growing inter-row saia oats, and using knife rolling, proved the most efficient way of controlling weeds in a series of trials done by the South Australian No-Till Farmers Association... On the Yorke Peninsula and at Hart, Krichauff wheat was sown at 90 kilograms per hectare on 28-centimetre (11-inch) row spacing with all plots top-dressed prior to sowing with 12kg/ha ryegrass to provide a consistent weed burden...
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Dalwallinu, WA, grower Mark Wilson: [Photo (left) by Brad Collis: "It doesn't matter how many kilograms you can grow per millimetre if you don't get the millimetres... Initially Mark just took out the four cultivations, but still ploughed then seeded: "Again, the crops were fine plus we were outlaying less money on fuel, so we kept pushing... The same cautious approach was used to also change their nutrient management: "Nothing happened overnight, but basically the idea developed to get the crop established and then build its potential as the season progressed...
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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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Spreader trial slugs snails.. Armed with four different brands of spreaders (Amazone, Bogballe, Kuhn and Vicon) and two ute spreaders (C-Dax and Lehner), the group tested distribution of four common snail baits (Meta , Metarex , Slugger and SlugOut ) - representing a range of pellet sizes and prices ($10 to $40 per hectare)... "The test involves running the spreader across 50 catch-trays in the paddock, to assess the accuracy and evenness of distribution," he says...
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Soil management helps absorb climate variability.. Anthony manages Wyalong Rural Investments (WRI), a 17,000-hectare corporate cropping operation encompassing three large aggregations (10 properties) that surround West Wyalong... "We had plenty of moisture in our soil at the start of the season and the forecast remained true throughout the year, with mild temperatures through winter and spring and timely rain," Anthony recollects...
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Growers praised for efforts to preserve healthy soils.. On the eve of World Soil Day (December 5), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Managing Director John Harvey says it is timely to acknowledge the grains industry's efforts in ensuring the long-term fertility of soils, necessary for essential food production... Scientists involved in the Soil Biology Initiative agree that the program is making considerable progress in understanding the composition of the living fraction of soils which support crop production, and how growers can best manage soils to maximise nutrient capture and defend against crop disease...
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