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‘Mind-boggling’ array of machinery on display at Horsham WeedSmart Week
This week we have an array of interviews from the ground at Horsham WeedSmart Week. Join your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman, as they take you to the event via the podcast.
Robotics, 70 ft blade plough and weed chipper on display at Emerald WeedSmart Week
Join your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman to recap Emerald WeedSmart Week, which took place in Central Queensland on August 13-15. Jessica was on the ground at the event and spoke to attendees and presenters about their farming systems, what they saw and what they were inspired by and would potentially adapt to their farming system.
Ray Harrington reckons farmers are calling the shots + paired row sowing with Jack Desbiolles
Australian farming treasure Ray Harrington joins us on the podcast to share his success with getting on top of weeds in his farming system. He reckons that instead of the weeds calling the shots, he's calling the shots!
Clever Crop Stalker provides unique option for shielded spraying
Join your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman to learn the latest in precision ag and find out more about Emerald, the location of our first WeedSmart Week event for 2019. In this podcast, we chat with Southern Precision Director Grant Yates about shielded spraying and other innovative technology which helps with farming system efficiencies. Grant started the company as he found that the latest equipment and tools that could reduce input costs and improve efficiencies were not readily available to farmers. We also catch up with Graham Spackman about the Northern Region and some of the issues faced there. Graham is a Northern GRDC panel member and is a Director of Spackman Iker Ag Consulting.
Drone to tractor fallow weed solution saving up to 95% on herbicide costs
In this podcast, we hear from InFarm Managing Director Jerome Leray who will be presenting at WeedSmart Week. InFarm is an Agricultural Intelligence company based in Goondiwindi. The company has been recognised by Microsoft for becoming the first commercial company to receive the AI for Earth grant in Australia. The company has developed a drone to tractor fallow weed solution. It can save farmers up to 95% on herbicide and integrates with standard variable rate sprayers. It provides a solution to fallow weed spot spraying using the equipment farmers already have. We also speak with local CQ farmers, Kurt Mayne and Scott Becker about their farming systems and how WeedSmart's Big 6 principles have shaped some of the practical changes they've made, including some big purchases, like the WEEDit.
Farming with the premise of reducing reliance on chemicals and why you might not need a knockdown
This week on the WeedSmart podcast, Jessica Strauss interviews co-host Peter Newman on why he's telling farmers they might not need a knockdown. We also chat with farmer Ian Taylor, who will be presenting at WeedSmart Week in Horsham about his innovative farming system and how his family is farming with the premise of reducing their reliance on chemicals. Ian aims to keep his farming system going well beyond 100 years and he shares how they plan to do that.
The cost of a bad herbicide mix and innovative farmer Tim Rethus talks about his farming system
On this podcast, we chat with Research Agronomist with Jubilee Consulting, Andrew Somervaille. He explains herbicide mixes in more detail, with a particular emphasis on glyphosate. South Australian Independent Consultant, Craig Davis also talks about herbicide mixes. We also talk to innovative farmer, Tim Rethus, about his farming system and how he makes decisions. He'll be presenting at the upcoming WeedSmart Week in Horsham.
Addressing roadside weeds and previews to WeedSmart Week in Emerald and Horsham
We're excited to officially launch the ticket sales for not one, but two WeedSmart Week events in 2019 in this podcast. Our extension agronomists Paul McIntosh and Greg Condon join us this week to provide overviews of our events in both Emerald and Horsham in August. An event which is just around the corner though is the Australian Local Government Association Conference where one of the topics will be roadside weeds. Andrew Storrie 'Agronomo' joins us on the podcast to explain how roadside weeds can directly impact farmers.
How to address soil compaction
Soil compaction is an issue farmers face in regions across the country, however, there are some unique differences between management approaches in the Western/Southern regions, compared to the Northern region. In this podcast, we chat with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA Agricultural Development Officer, Bindi Isbister, who is based in Geraldton, WA, to get a Western/Southern perspective. Agronomy professional & crop nutrition specialist, Bede O’Mara, gives us the Northern perspective. He works at Incitec Pivot Fertilisers in Toowoomba.
Weather forecast accuracy and crop competition trial results
This week on the podcast, we look into how to utilise weather forecasts and get the latest information on crop competition trials conducted by YP Ag. Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey provides an excellent overview of what weather forecasts to take seriously and those which you should probably take with a grain of salt. Dale has a real knack for simplifying this complicated topic, so if you want to get a good overview of the weather, he's your man! We're also excited to have Agriservices Agronomist Chris Davey on this podcast talking about crop competition at seeding time.
Chaff dump management and ‘strip and disc’ systems
Did you know you can bale your chaff dumps? South Australian farmer Andrew Ridgway, who is based in Pine Hill, has baled his chaff dumps this year to provide additional stock feed in his area. Andrew tweeted about this novel way of managing chaff dumps, so we followed up with him to find out more about the process.
Vertical iHSD test results and the WEEDit
Technology in agriculture is rapidly evolving and being adopted by farmers in Australia. In this podcast, we catch up with the University of Sydney Associate Professor and Director of Weed Research Dr Michael Walsh to find out what his recent test results were on the vertical iHSD. We also caught up with Dalby Rural Supplies Precision Ag Specialist Jeremy Jones to find out more about the WEEDit.