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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
Based on observations made during my scholarship travels, I believe the following areas of research need to be pursued if farmers are to gain benefits from a Biofuel Industry... The report reviews current international practice in the development of technical processes involved in the production of biofuels, the raw materials used in the course of production and the policies adopted by various developed and developing nations to support the industry... Other ways that the NOx emissions can be reduced in biodiesel are by recirculating the exhaust gas (this lowers the temperature of combustion), increase the cetane number of the fuel by using highly saturated feedstocks (this results in fuel igniting faster, reducing the amount of fuel in the self ignition phase and reducing the temperature)...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
I have focussed my report on improvements to the number of pigs sold per sow... I believe that there should be at least some research or discussion given to importation of specific genetics that may allow Australian producers to compete in their own domestic market against countries that have this genetic access... I believe that there is no right or wrong lactation length but the manger and / or owner must be aware of the limits that weaning sows and piglets earlier can have on potential production and it is this awareness that I believe is important...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
A chance to win a glimpse at grains' future Australian grain growers who 'step back in time' to reflect on how their farms have evolved in the past 20 years could win overseas RD&E study tours worth up to $20,000, as part of the GRDC's 'The Way We Were' campaign... Reflecting on industry gains from a grower's personal account of changes and advances at a grass-roots farm level provides a very real picture of just how far the industry has come," Mr Perrett says. ".. Mr Perrett identifies improved yields and costs to growers flowing from resistance to diseases, such as stem rust in wheat, ascochyta in chickpeas and beans, and blackleg in canola, as examples of important changes...
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Pulse industry expands its horizons.. Even when seasons fail to meet expectations, an undercurrent of excitement still courses through our industry because every year adds to our experience, knowledge, capacity and opportunities... Like any year, the 2013 winter grains season had its disappointments, but for the industry nationally the harvest was a success; and within this broad summation there have been some particular highlights...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Australia is well placed to meet this demand through its extensive use of fumigation, sealed storages and flow-through systems, both on-farm and in the central handling system... One of the key economic outcomes of this research is to prolong the life of phosphine on which Western Australia is so reliant avoiding the enormous extra cost of alternative technologies... There was a previous report on the finding of high resistance in a sample collected in a vacuum cleaner bag from Oman and Tribolium castaneum from southern China in polished rice...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Wheat and barley varieties with genes that provide resistance to Russian wheat aphid ( Diuraphis noxia ) could be available to Australian grain growers as early as the 2014 season... Associate Professor Cakir leads a team of researchers from CSIRO and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and international collaborators from the US, France, Argentina, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Turkey and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)... Resistant varieties have been sourced from the US, Kenya and South Africa, as well as from international seed collections at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico and ICARDA in Syria...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
I believe Lambplan shows us that breeds or individual animals that carry some beneficial genes identified by markers (eg textile strength via Moyomax and worm resistance via Loinmax), lack growth advantages that other breeds, or individual sheep have demonstrated they have... New Zealand does have a central progeny test site which compared different breeds on the one site; a good system which we have used in Australia as well... I believe the results support my point that fat is not a problem when using high growth genetics...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Nutrition management reflects measured thinking.. Image of three men at a table (From left) Phil, Brad and Peter Jackson run a canola/barley/linseed/wheat rotation on their farm near Gurley in northern New South Wales... With risk management and economies of scale two particular challenges facing Peter Jackson's farm business, the passionate grain grower says he has to be alert to all incremental adjustments he can make to boost returns on the land he farms with his family in northern New South Wales...
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Nutrition management reflects measured thinking.. Image of three men at a table (From left) Phil, Brad and Peter Jackson run a canola/barley/linseed/wheat rotation on their farm near Gurley in northern New South Wales... With risk management and economies of scale two particular challenges facing Peter Jackson's farm business, the passionate grain grower says he has to be alert to all incremental adjustments he can make to boost returns on the land he farms with his family in northern New South Wales...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Thousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects and their environment using a technique known as 'swarm sensing'... "Honey bees play a vital role in the landscape through a free pollination service for agriculture, which various crops rely on to increase yields," says Dr Paulo de Souza, who leads the swarm-sensing project... The research will also look at the impact of agricultural pesticides on honey bees by monitoring insects that feed at sites with trace amounts of commonly used chemicals...
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