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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Maintaining and increasing grain grower profitability, and addressing the production issues underpinning profitability through a multifaceted, coordinated approach... Mr Kearns said the GRDC had increasingly moved towards addressing growers' production issues through programs of work across multiple areas, or 'initiatives', rather than with single research projects... "Australia represents 2 per cent of the world's R&D in grains, and we need to have a system that enables the industry to connect with other organisations globally - to find solutions to grower issues in the cheapest, most effective way," he said...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Victorian Mallee grower James McKee, a committee member of the Victorian No-Till Farmers Association, says he first saw no-till prove itself in 2002, when he planted part of his crop that way and then watched the topsoil on country that was not under no-till turn to dust and blow away in the dry weather... "I had been working the soil less and less before sowing anyway, and found with the proper management, crops planted with notill can at least equal, and often outperform, those planted with all the old-style cultivations beforehand," Mr McKee says... In an average year Mr McKee likes to have about 20 per cent of his country under chemical fallow, with a couple of glyphosate sprays during the fallow year, and has achieved excellent results - perhaps 2.5 tonnes to the hectare of wheat in the immediately following crop, against a general average of about 2t/ha...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The area dedicated to GM crops now exceeds 170 million hectares across 28 countries, up six per cent from 2011... The five leading developing countries growing GM crops (China, India, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa) represent 40 per cent of the global population... Sudan and Cuba planted GM crops for the first time (cotton and corn respectively), while Germany, Sweden and Poland did not plant GM crops in 2012 because of product access and regulatory issues...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The area dedicated to GM crops now exceeds 170 million hectares across 28 countries, up six per cent from 2011... The five leading developing countries growing GM crops (China, India, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa) represent 40 per cent of the global population... Sudan and Cuba planted GM crops for the first time (cotton and corn respectively), while Germany, Sweden and Poland did not plant GM crops in 2012 because of product access and regulatory issues...
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Catalogue: GRDC YouTube channel
0.41: GCTV Ep#12 John Harvey - National Variety Trials 4.589: Reporter: Darryl Anderson This crop variety trial site at Wagga in NSW 9.599: is one of 650 across the country, which make up Australia's National Variety Trials... 25.019: John Harvey: GRDC Managing Director It has been an interesting year because it 27.57: been so varied across Australia and whilst that comes with its challenges for growers 31.42: and making money out of farming from an NVT point of view, National Variety Trials, that 36.73: actually quite good... 52.329: John Harvey: Well NVT is a big part of GRDC 56.46: We know how important it is for growers to grow the right variety for their farm and 60.949: their conditions and so we put quite a strong emphasis on making sure growers have independent 66.5: information to make those decisions on...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
I am the principle spray operator and, like the vast majority of broad acre farmers, I regularly apply pesticides including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control weeds, insects and crop disease... Pesticides are widely used in agriculture to control weeds, insects and crop disease, reducing labour, energy and water requirements, and optimising potential crop yield and ultimately farm income... The overall objective of the project was to promote the adoption of the best practice spray application process by engaging key stakeholders (including government, chemical and spray applicator manufacturers, researchers, farmers and spray operators) and by applying principles from around the world on ways to simplify pesticide application whilst maximising pesticide efficacy and field efficiency, and sustaining the environment...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The world has been warned to brace itself for the humanitarian consequences of a global slowing in research spending on farm productivity... Professor Pardey said that since 1961, 95 per cent of additional agricultural production had come from increased yields, not from new farm land: "But that is now changing as R&D spending, particularly in rich countries, R&D shift raises staple food concerns moves away from farm productivity towards environmental, food quality and safety issues.".. Although there was an expectation that the fall in public sector contributions would be compensated by funds sourced from Plant Breeders" Rights, he said that the lion"s share of this money was being spent on ornamental plants, fruit and vegetables rather than food staples...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
Seafood needs to be identified by species and country of origin via correct product labelling across the globe... Salin and Jayasree-Vadhyar (2001) determined that the moderate chilling rate, which took only 4 hours, was considered the best... The contribution that handling normally made to metabolic rate was removed when the prawns were cold "anaesthetised"...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
Soil acidity costs $400-500 M/yr.. 40% of farmers testing to depth report few sample adequately - #2 Determine the right rate of lime.. Test 0-10, 10-20 and 20-30 cm layers lime to achieve target..
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
Growers need to consider a portfolio approach to their grain marketing including a combination of passive and active management coupled with some on farm storage if the market is telling you to store grain... Demand will create its own supply (something that many farmers will emphasise with over the past 2 years as supply has expanded rapidly in response to high grain prices, leading to prices to fall) and as argued by Malcolm (2009) "food supply will meet food demand in the future, provided farmers receive the correct market signals and are not thwarted by poor government policies that create perverse incentives.".. Since there "is no reliable way to identify the fund managers who will outperform the market, investors do best to buy a broad spectrum of stocks at the lowest cost" (Damato, 2001)...
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