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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Ripper trials to overturn compaction constraints.. The brothers say soil constraints associated with compaction, including acidity, sodicity and aluminium toxicity, affect part of every paddock on their 23,000-hectare property, with yield losses of up to 0.5 tonnes/ha in some areas... "We hope the deep-ripping coupled with applying organic matter in the root zone will help crop roots to proliferate, the soil to open up and maybe also overcome some soil chemical problems," Dr Blackwell says...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Ripper trials to overturn compaction constraints.. The brothers say soil constraints associated with compaction, including acidity, sodicity and aluminium toxicity, affect part of every paddock on their 23,000-hectare property, with yield losses of up to 0.5 tonnes/ha in some areas... "We hope the deep-ripping coupled with applying organic matter in the root zone will help crop roots to proliferate, the soil to open up and maybe also overcome some soil chemical problems," Dr Blackwell says...
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"Maggie is passionate about good food and I feel pulses could tick a few positive boxes in this area," Mr Bryant says... Mr Morgan-Jones, who is executive chef and food ambassador at HammondCare, told Ground Cover that pulses were a nutritionally rich and affordable source of dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, more versatile than meat proteins and instrumental in overcoming challenges related to the provision of nutritious food to older people and people living with dementia... "To meet the regulations, other proteins such as meat, fish and eggs have to be cooked to death and lose their nutritional value, whereas pulses have a very low food-safety risk," he says...
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Mr Morgan-Jones, who is executive chef and food ambassador at HammondCare, told Ground Cover that pulses were a nutritionally rich and affordable source of dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, more versatile than meat proteins and instrumental in overcoming challenges related to the provision of nutritious food to older people and people living with dementia... "To meet the regulations, other proteins such as meat, fish and eggs have to be cooked to death and lose their nutritional value, whereas pulses have a very low food-safety risk," he says... Mr Morgan-Jones says pulses are ideal pur e foods that can also be used to thicken soups and sauces, meeting practical aged-care requirements while satisfying his criteria for fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
In particular I believe state and national agricultural lobby groups would benefit from the recommendations as they do much of the work in promoting agriculture in Australia and inevitably are used as media sources by agricultural and non agricultural journalists alike... Sir Gill says short answers of 20-25 seconds are effective, which I believe is an excellent technique when being interviewed by news journalists as it fits the "grab" length they would want for their bulletins... Rather than use the report to outline some of the traditional methods used by PR professionals such as holding press conferences and writing releases, I will instead look at some of the other approaches around the world to deliver the message of agriculture to the public...
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New tests to measure soil health are being developed to help with planning and managing cropping programs... As chair of the GRDC research sub-program for varieties, member of the pulses and oilseed subcommittee and as a board member for the Molecular Plant Breeding Cooperative Research Centre, Jeff was keen to ensure plant breeders had the resources and support to develop new varieties that met future agronomic and market demands... GRDC board member David Shannon, who farms at Kapunda, SA, says Jeff was a likeable, intelligent and quietly spoken man who had a clear understanding of grains industry issues: "He was a true gentleman and was prepared to speak out on behalf of others when necessary," David says...
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To bridge the gap, Professor Pratley said the industry needed to act now to attract young people and better-trained consultants and advisers... Professor Pratley said the stipend (or taxable income) provided to postgraduate students was uncompetitive, particularly as their Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debt of $30,000 accumulated at four per cent a year with no increments and everybody else in the community is paid superannuation... For Professor Pratley, the way forward was to develop a workforce strategy - the scope of which needed to embrace farm workers to research and development personnel, from 457 visas to research careers, from education and training to accreditation - to bring the agricultural workforce into the modern era...
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New tests to measure soil health are being developed to help with planning and managing cropping programs... As chair of the GRDC research sub-program for varieties, member of the pulses and oilseed subcommittee and as a board member for the Molecular Plant Breeding Cooperative Research Centre, Jeff was keen to ensure plant breeders had the resources and support to develop new varieties that met future agronomic and market demands... GRDC board member David Shannon, who farms at Kapunda, SA, says Jeff was a likeable, intelligent and quietly spoken man who had a clear understanding of grains industry issues: "He was a true gentleman and was prepared to speak out on behalf of others when necessary," David says...
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Robert Saik says agriculture must break free of an irrational anti-science sentiment in the community... The issue for global agriculture is not whether it can feed nine billion people but whether it will be allowed to feed nine billion people... Mr Saik said a serious issue facing growers was the extent to which people were trying to take from them the technologies needed to do the job...
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By Alec Nicol The researchers behind two new albus lupin varieties - Luxor and Rosetta - say Australia has the potential to be the world's sole supplier of "100 per cent guaranteed sweet albus lupins" - a potentially lucrative position, but one that requires the industry to make a "clean start"... Dr Luckett says the simplest way of giving the industry a fresh start would be to sow only the newly released varieties Luxor and Rosetta next year... Mr Goucher says every generation of Luxor and Rosetta has been tested and all seed increase areas have been at least two kilometres from any other albus lupin crop: "We expect to have between 500 and 800 tonnes of Luxor seed and between 300 and 500 tonnes of Rosetta available for sowing in 2008...
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