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New tests to measure soil health are being developed to help with planning and managing cropping programs... As chair of the GRDC research sub-program for varieties, member of the pulses and oilseed subcommittee and as a board member for the Molecular Plant Breeding Cooperative Research Centre, Jeff was keen to ensure plant breeders had the resources and support to develop new varieties that met future agronomic and market demands... GRDC board member David Shannon, who farms at Kapunda, SA, says Jeff was a likeable, intelligent and quietly spoken man who had a clear understanding of grains industry issues: "He was a true gentleman and was prepared to speak out on behalf of others when necessary," David says...
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The incorporation of lime appears to be paying off for some farmers through increased production, and research is underway this season to explore the economics of ameliorating subsoils in the eastern central grainbelt of Western Australia... One-year projects to determine economic rates and incorporation methods for lime in this region are being funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and conducted by Tek Ag at Koorda, and Synergy Consulting at Nungarin... "We're assessing the economic returns of each of these combinations, so farmers can start increasing productivity and profitability."..
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Chickpea grain defects can cost a grower $50 to $80 per tonne, and knowing which varieties are susceptible to these defects, and what environmental conditions encourage these defects, is key knowledge to combat them... GRDC and the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries (DPI) launched research to mitigate the impact of chickpea grain defects and diseases in the north... Dr Jennifer Wood and Dr Kevin Moore from NSW DPI are mapping the incidence of defects and disease against weather data across Australia, to determine underlying causes and genetic susceptibility...
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Chickpea grain defects can cost a grower $50 to $80 per tonne, and knowing which varieties are susceptible to these defects, and what environmental conditions encourage these defects, is key knowledge to combat them... GRDC and the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries (DPI) launched research to mitigate the impact of chickpea grain defects and diseases in the north... Dr Jennifer Wood and Dr Kevin Moore from NSW DPI are mapping the incidence of defects and disease against weather data across Australia, to determine underlying causes and genetic susceptibility...
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Tissue testing a health check-up for micronutrients.. Charlie Walker, member of the GRDC trace elements project advisory committee, says growers should consider tissue testing like a blood test for crops... Incitec Pivot technical and development manager Charlie Walker, who is a member of the GRDC trace elements project advisory committee, says tissue testing can be compared to blood testing in humans...
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Tissue testing a health check-up for micronutrients.. Charlie Walker, member of the GRDC trace elements project advisory committee, says growers should consider tissue testing like a blood test for crops... Incitec Pivot technical and development manager Charlie Walker, who is a member of the GRDC trace elements project advisory committee, says tissue testing can be compared to blood testing in humans...
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Maximise yield with protein knowledge.. Protein testing grain sorghum at harvest should be routine practice if growers want to maximise the profitability of their crops... According to the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), grain sorghum protein levels (at 13.5 percent moisture) of less than 9pc indicates acute nitrogen deficiency, 9-10pc indicates marginal nitrogen deficiency while levels above 10pc suggest that nitrogen is adequate and not adversely impacting yield...
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Professor Powles told participants that glyphosate is still working well on the majority of WA farms, but stressed that growers and advisers need to diversify its use with other herbicide modes of action and non-herbicide weed-control tactics to preserve its effectiveness in the long term... Random surveys of WA grainbelt paddocks by AHRI researcher Mechelle Owen in 2010 found seven per cent of 362 annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) samples had glyphosate resistance... In 2013, as part of a glyphosate, paraquat (Group L) and 2,4-D (Group I) resistance project, Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) senior research officer Dr Sally Peltzer coordinated a targeted pre-harvest survey across WA's cropping areas to raise awareness about the spread of glyphosate resistance in the state...
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Herbicide resistance testing: autumn 2014.. In terms of cost-effectiveness of resistance testing, Dr Preston says if growers have a paddock of concern and want to know what herbicide options are available, then testing three or four options can be helpful... "To test for 3-4 herbicides, that will cost $350 to $400 which is a lot cheaper than spraying the paddock," he said...
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Laboratory puts our grain through the mill.. GrainCorp's Queensland quality services manager Eric Williamson in the Toowoomba laboratory... GrainCorp's Queensland quality services manager Eric Williamson explains that the testing equipment provides all the quality data on wheat and flour required by customers, which include 15 high volume export clients, such as Cargill and Viterra, and several smaller domestic businesses...
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