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Catalogue: GRDC Media
GRDC and Glenn McGrath declare one week before stumps on Grain Inventors competition.. Australian Year of the Farmer ambassador Glenn McGrath is encouraging Australia's grain innovators to increase the pace and submit their ideas before 26 November... GRDC Chairman Keith Perrett has been excited by the entries he has seen to date, saying there is real potential for the entrants to generate increased efficiencies, profitability and productivity in the grains industry...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
A love of learning has enabled Grant Byrne to take his family's farm in central New South Wales to the next level of productivity... "We broke most things back then because we were trying to use the combines to bring new land into production, which wasn't smart," he says. ".. A couple of projects on-the-go over summer include resurrecting a second-hand disc seeder for use when sowing conditions are right, analysing the results of a nutrition trial and grading seed so only the largest kernels are planted...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Grant Byrne checks canola pod set on his farm, west of Peak Hill in central New South Wales... Although Grant Byrne measured 150 millimetres less rainfall than his long-term average for season 2013, his crops yielded well, highlighting the value of a range of water-saving tactics he has put in place... Grant sees last year's results as the culmination of the hard work of every member of his team and of a range of management practices that have been implemented to maximise the storage of rainfall that falls on the land under his care...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
"The GRDC invests in a range of skills and capacity-building activities that are aimed at supporting current and potential future members of the industry to improve their ability to lead, learn, change, innovate and advance the nation's grains sector," Ms Allan said... Industry Development Awards - The GRDC Industry Development Awards are specifically targeted at Australian grain growers or groups working directly with growers for study tours, travel or other forms of training approved by the GRDC... Conference Sponsorship - The GRDC provides sponsorship assistance to organisations wishing to conduct a conference, workshop, seminar or field day that directly benefits the Australian grains industry...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
A method for controlling snails and slugs with a new genetic technology, and a breeding program for canola resistance to blackleg, are two of the five projects that have been selected to receive the inaugural Innovation Investment grants from the GRDC... With snails and slugs a growing problem for the southern region, these pests were the focus of two of the five projects funded... Dr Michael Stewart, Dr Scott Cummins and Dr Tianfang Wang from the University of the Sunshine Coast received a grant for a project investigating the neurohormones of snails and slugs, with the aim of harnessing them for new and better molluscicides...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
WA grower's yield app wins Grain Inventors competition.. "My primary motivation for developing the app is not to generate profits, but to make available to the wider industry a tool that can improve the viability of Australian farm businesses and make a profound difference to the way our major input decisions are made.".. "We have saved literally hundreds of thousands of dollars over a number of below average seasons, purely through informed rational decisions that were made at a time when the crops were looking a million dollars," Mr Fels said...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
By Emma Leonard With her roots in a family farm and her research career branching across the globe for more than 30 years, Professor Barbara Howlett brings a wealth of experience to the Southern Panel... Her visit to Stanford University in 1988, where she studied the genetics of the model fungus Neurospora crassa, laid the foundation for her research tackling the genetics of the blackleg fungus back in Australia... One of Professor Howlett's career highlights was in collaboration with colleagues in Versailles, France, successfully winning a grant from the French government to acquire the genome sequence of the blackleg fungus...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
I believe it is imperative that irrigators have access to the most efficient and technologically advanced systems in order to provide every possibility of maintaining and sustaining what is arguably our most valuable resource... The open market for water trading in some systems has also seen an increase in the cost of permanent and temporary water as a result of the domestic customer requiring only small parcels of water that they are willing to pay for... The systems are very widely used and advances in the hardware and software are making them a more efficient, durable and cost effective way of applying water as well as other soluble inputs such as fertiliser...
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