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Catalogue: Ground Cover
GRDC plant health technologies program manager Dr Ken Young says the CCDM's program of research has already increased the industry's understanding of pathogen epidemiology and the cause, spread and behaviour of some of the country's most damaging crop diseases... "The focus of the centre starts with the science breakthroughs we need to achieve further improvements, which will flow through to farming practices and productivity gains on-farm," he says... "By providing a level of funding certainty - in areas where we know long-term research is essential to industry viability - we give our research organisations the backing they need to make important expansion decisions and build and maintain resources," Mr Harvey says...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
The project has shown how the practice of SSM can deliver large, consistent and recurring increases in the yields of cereals, canola and pulse crops grown on Sodosol soils across the HRZ of Victoria... The practice was developed to overcome crop yield constraints caused by dense clay subsoils that are widespread across the HRZ. Low aeration in the clay limits deep root growth into the subsoil and this has been identified as a cause for the generally disappointing crop yields in the Victorian HRZ. Earlier research demonstrated how SSM can transform the physical properties of the clay layers... For sites with the 1/2 SSM treatment (6 site x seasons), the commercial wheat crop yielded an average of 6.2t/ha, the full SSM 9.7t/ha, and the 1/2 SSM 8.8 t/ha (42% response).This was surprising and suggests that this lower rate of manure incorporation will also give increases in grain yield...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
For southern Queensland grower John 'Cowboy' Cameron the need to minimise the initial, high cost of applying phosphorus deep in the soil has led him to adjust a planter he built in the farm workshop for deep-banding fertiliser... The homemade implement allows John to switch from seeding to deep fertiliser applications in just 10 minutes on his 1400-hectare property at Bongeen, about 50 kilometres west of Toowoomba... John says data from the first year of trials has highlighted a significant yield response to subsoil phosphorus applications in tough seasonal conditions...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
For southern Queensland grower John 'Cowboy' Cameron the need to minimise the initial, high cost of applying phosphorus deep in the soil has led him to adjust a planter he built in the farm workshop for deep-banding fertiliser... The homemade implement allows John to switch from seeding to deep fertiliser applications in just 10 minutes on his 1400-hectare property at Bongeen, about 50 kilometres west of Toowoomba... John says data from the first year of trials has highlighted a significant yield response to subsoil phosphorus applications in tough seasonal conditions...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
A variety of machines are currently available to make harvest jobs easier, with less labour input than we use in Australia - but all is dependent on funds available to purchase, operate and maintain the machines... Harvesting machines and methods used were similar to what I have seen in Australia, but farm and business size made it easier to explore options in house with dedicated CAD personnel and engineers to build the designs... At the time of visiting the UK (November 2010) one of the companies I met with felt there was a need for farm sizes to increase as margins to the grower were trending down...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
Drought years improve growers' use of soil moisture.. Eight years of drought have taught New South Wales growers hard-won lessons about conserving soil moisture and keeping stubbles weed-free.. Thirty or 40 years ago, south-east NSW used to be a high-rainfall, high-cost, high-input area for farming...
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