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Catalogue: Ground Cover
[Photo (left) by Ty Kirby: In 2008 Ty Kirby and family in Beacon, Western Australia, discovered they could sow more hectares with a disc machine in 24 hours than two tined machines running 18 to 20 hours.].. Mr Kirby and his family, who farm 7700ha near Beacon in Western Australia, trialled disc seeding across 1400ha during 2008 as a strategy to keep their business viable in a district where growing season rainfall over the past 10 years has averaged just 175 millimetres... Mr Kirby, whose family farm is three-and-a-half hours north-east of Perth, wanted to change the way crops are planted to limit moisture loss at sowing by reducing soil disturbance, maintaining soil cover and minimising compaction...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
A lengthy career optimising grazing and farming country to perform at its most productive has given Keith Harris a clear picture of what drives graingrowers... Mr Harris has served on the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel since 2011 and remains committed to voicing grower concerns and investment priorities... "The panel has also been able to save a few dollars by taking a strategic look at what GRDC does and, for example, we took the decision a couple of years ago to drop the number of spray diaries produced because there are a lot of properties like Windy that use private consultants and don't need them...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
A lengthy career optimising grazing and farming country to perform at its most productive has given Keith Harris a clear picture of what drives graingrowers... Mr Harris has served on the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel since 2011 and remains committed to voicing grower concerns and investment priorities... "The panel has also been able to save a few dollars by taking a strategic look at what GRDC does and, for example, we took the decision a couple of years ago to drop the number of spray diaries produced because there are a lot of properties like Windy that use private consultants and don't need them...
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Catalogue: GRDC 2014 Research Summaries
" Workshop to research and develop methodologies for the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from canola production.. Before 2017 the industry must satisfy the EU reporting requirements that Australian canola provides greenhouse gas emission savings of at least 50% (compared to emissions from use of mineral diesel)... To meet the threshold of a 50% saving in greenhouse gas emissions a different measurement methodology is required.A national workshop for the canola industry's key stakeholders is proposed to be held in early 2014 in order to map out a way forward for the industry that will allow exports of Australian canola into Europe to continue...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
There are multitudes of farming practices that involve the injection of liquid into the furrow that provide operational efficiency, crop protection, soil improvement and yield improvement benefits... Row to row, second by second, accuracy is critical for effectiveness when applying fungicides, inoculants and/or trace elements in furrow... With the maturing of GPS and mapping technology, soil data collection and analysis, tillage and planting equipment, the future of farming is the development of decision making tools and methodologies that allow farmers to intelligently prescribe seeding regimes that optimise the use of inputs, water and the land...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Andrew and Jocelyn Bate look to the future of grain growing with an early version of a prototype agricultural robot undergoing proof-of-concept trials on their property near Emerald, Queensland... The brainchild of Andrew and Jocelyn Bate, this futuristic idea is becoming a hard-wired reality through research the couple initiated with Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics... Working in the family's paddocks, the AgBots can be seen from a distance as beams of infrared light moving slowly over chickpeas, wheat, mungbeans and sorghum stubble: the red light revealing where the unit has identified and killed weeds...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Western Australian growers could save up to $43 million annually by reducing applications of phosphorus by 20-30 per cent, as levels of the nutrient have built up to high levels in many cropping areas... But further research is required to develop 'maintenance' recommendations for phosphorus which will not expose growers to the risk of reduced yields... Dr Wong said the benefits of changing to a maintenance approach for phosphorus included fertiliser savings without loss of yield or phosphorus levels in the soil, and reduced potential environmental risks from leaching and run-off...
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Catalogue: GRDC YouTube channel
" Over the Fence West: Spot spraying camera technology delivers $90,000 saving 11 December 2013 Eradu farmer Rob Kitto has slashed his chemical bill from $100,000 to $10,000 a summer and reduced his impact on the environment by using spot-spraying weed control technology... Technology to reduce spray drift GCTV: Drift Reducing Technology..
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Catalogue: GRDC Publications
It is important to remember that there are many ways in which PA can be adopted and used to make or save money, improve timeliness or environmental management and to carry out onfarm trials... If a grower purchases a GPS unit using one system and then changes to one using the other system, locations will not be translate accurately... Growers are not confident in using the currently available indices in making cropping decisions...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Soil test to avoid costly confusion p16_soiltestsa.. PBI is now routinely measured in soil tests... Before the program Mr Taylor's usual practice was to apply 100kg/ha of mono-ammonium phosphate when sowing wheat...
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