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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
Mention of a trade name or company in this publication does not imply endorsement of any product or company by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia... Overall, the DAFWA indices suggest that a more optimistic approach to decision-making is recommended in 2006 and confidence in this assessment would be enhanced if a La Ni a develops... The needs analysis has enabled an assessment of the distribution of farmers along the pathway from initial awareness through to final adoption of CRM information and tools being offered by various organisations...
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The aim of the research was to identify herbicide sensitivities of a new lupin variety Gunyidi with the view to reducing its yield losses due to herbicide damage... The average rainfall from May to October at Eradu over the last 8 years (2004-2011) was 289 mm... The Department of Agriculture and Food WA, does not endorse the use of herbicides above the registered rate or off-label use of herbicides or off-label tank mixes...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Map 1 and 2 showing rainfall deficiencies and minimum temperature deciles across Australia.. Dr Hayman says that although graingrowers who have been able to sow were concerned about the dry and cold winter, the real concern was rainfall and night temperatures over the coming spring, as the flowering time for wheat was the most sensitive phase for moisture stress and frost damage... The national June mean temperature was the equal fourth lowest in the post-1950 record...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
Forecasts made at this time of year have varying degrees of skill and we advise users to consult the seasonal forecasts as they are updated monthly and the skill improves closer to the season... Verification of the 2011 SSF forecasts In terms of the 2011 seasonal forecasts the SSF gave a drier outlook to that which generally eventuated early in the season, but successfully forecast a wetter outlook for spring which assisted farmers with fertiliser decisions mid-year... AIMS The aim of this paper is to review the main climate indicators in 2011, and what is shaping in 2012...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
While outstanding crop yields on their property west of Mullewa last year resulted mainly from excellent rainfall, the Messina family believe their use of a mouldboard plough contributed to the above average harvest results... Andrew Messina said that wheat yields on deep-ripped country (not treated with the mouldboard) sown on May 17, 2011, averaged 2.6 to 3.6 tonnes per hectare, but where the mouldboard plough was used 20 days later yields were higher, averaging 3.6 to 4.1t/ha... CAPTION: Rodney, left, and Andrew Messina are using a mouldboard plough to control weeds and ameliorate non-wetting sandy soils on their farm west of Mullewa...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The simulations provide a framework for farmers and advisers to: forecast yield manage climate and soil water risk make informed decisions about nitrogen and irrigation applications match inputs with the yield potential of their crop assess the effect of changed sowing dates or varieties assess the possible effects of climate change ... Yield Prophet generates crop simulations that combine the essential components of growing a crop including: a soil test sampled prior to planting a soil classification selected from the Yield Prophet library of ~1,000 soils selected as representative of the production area historical and active climate data taken from the nearest Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) weather station paddock specific rainfall data recorded by the user (optional) individual crop details fertiliser and irrigation applications during the growing season... Using historic climate data, Yield Prophet then simulates crop growth and resource availability from the day on which the report was generated to the end of the season...
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