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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
This project focuses on identifying the characteristics of pest suppressive landscapes and adopts a national approach... The approach allows us to develop guiding principles of IPM at the field, farm and landscape scale which work towards achieving reduced reliance on broad-spectrum insecticides and sustainable management of natural resources... This combined empirical and modelling approach allows us to provide guidelines on IPM at the field, farm and landscape scale...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
The findings are from a nationally coordinated project supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) which aims to understand which landscape features contribute to the control of pest populations in crops... "Remnant bushland containing few weeds may reduce the number of pest species and at least delay the build-up of pests in crops during the growing season," she said... She is now using computer simulations of landscapes to understand which management practices - within crops and pastures as well as native vegetation - affect pest populations by encouraging beneficial insects or reducing sources of pests...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
NSW agronomists will have the opportunity to prepare for the future of insect management in grain crops at a series of workshops set to kick off in NSW during March... Workshop facilitator, Mark Congreve, ICAN says the pending crisis of insecticide resistance, coupled with the regulatory withdrawal of a number of older insecticide registrations, has prompted a re-think from advisers on the sustainability of their strategies for managing insect pests... The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)-sponsored workshops will deliver content developed by leading entomologists from NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Queensland (DAFF Qld), SARDI and the CESAR group...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
The findings are from a nationally coordinated project supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) which aims to understand which landscape features contribute to the control of pest populations in crops... Ms Micic said that data taken from remnant vegetation in WA showed that insect pests were more likely to be found on weeds, while beneficial species were more likely to be found on native plant species... "Remnant bushland containing few weeds may reduce the number of pest species and at least delay the build-up of pests in crops during the growing season," she said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
In cropping systems relatively few insect species represent a significant threat to crop yield or are classified as pest species... Beneficial insects and other invertebrates ("beneficials") offer a variety of ecosystem services that are essential within agricultural environments and it is important to conserve and promote them as far as is practical within the constraints of controlling for major crop pests... Agriculture, by definition, manipulates the environment - we are providing large areas of a uniform resource for pest insects to thrive on...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Women with little or no agricultural background who move into farm businesses often bring welcome new skills, but consultant Louise Flohr says many are keen to be more involved with their farming systems... The Grassroots Agronomy Workshops for Women in Farm Business include a series of field trips and crop walks, giving participants a better insight into all aspects of crop production - from sowing through to harvest and storage... Topics covered in the workshops include crop species identification, the role of nitrogen in plant growth and budgeting, soil water availability, the use of tools such as soil moisture probes to aid decision-making, insect pest identification (in field and storage), frost identification and other factors affecting the current season...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
The publication allows growers and advisers access to the expertise of Hugh Brier, DAFF senior entomologist (pulse specialist) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has supported its production... Good Bug, Bad Bug is tipped to be an invaluable guide for pulse producers in Queensland and NSW... Region North < Keep browsing 0 Responses to On the pulse - good and bad bugs..
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The primary aims of this project are to develop and implement an Integrated Pest Management strategy for northern NSW which 1. focuses on pests of cereals, pulses, course grains and oilseeds in northern NSW; 2... The aims will be achieved by (1) development of fast and efficient methods to give growers and advisors information (2) assessing current and previous research strategies (and their success) in the region and determining the best way to adapt changing farming practices and climate change into IPM via Area Wide Management techniques; and (3) using active adaptive management and action research methods to assess the success of the information and service we are providing to our stakeholders... Success of the program will be assessed by user feedback, continued interest in the services, changes in grower usage of prophylactic broad-spectrum sprays...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The primary aims of this project are to develop and implement an Integrated Pest Management strategy for northern NSW which 1. focuses on pests of cereals, pulses, course grains and oilseeds in northern NSW; 2... The aims will be achieved by (1) development of fast and efficient methods to give growers and advisors information (2) assessing current and previous research strategies (and their success) in the region and determining the best way to adapt changing farming practices and climate change into IPM via Area Wide Management techniques; and (3) using active adaptive management and action research methods to assess the success of the information and service we are providing to our stakeholders... Success of the program will be assessed by user feedback, continued interest in the services, changes in grower usage of prophylactic broad-spectrum sprays...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Entomologist Laura Fagan, who led the Western Australian component of the project while at The University of WA (UWA), said on-farm field trials in WA and other states showed that monitoring - a key IPM component - could reduce the need for conventional chemical sprays without affecting yield... "Most of the farmers involved in the project realised they can get away with one less spray in the season and still get the same outcome," she said... PHOTO CAPTION: From left, Mary van Wees, of the University of Western Australia (UWA), Facey Group executive officer Felicity Astbury and Danica Collins, of UWA, take plant measurements and count pests and beneficial insects in the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plots at the trial site at Wickepin, WA...
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