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. Chris recently wrote a great article in YP AG’s agronomy newsletter, where he said ‘weed seed reduction starts at seeding’.
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 […]
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.
Our new Diversity Era course ‘Pre-emergent Herbicides 101’ is now live
Our new free course on pre-ems is here! In this podcast, you'll hear from your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman, who are joined by course presenters, Dr Chris Preston and Mark Congreve.WeedSmart Content Creator Cindy Benjamin also provides an update on what's new on the WeedSmart website.
Farmers share their harvest experience with weed seed impact mills and GRDC Updates
In our last podcast we heard from weed seed impact mill company representatives, so this week we're hearing from farmers on the ground and finding out about how they faired over harvest with both the Seed Terminator and iHSD. Farmers Kim Slarke and Scott Walton both share their experiences. We also hear from WeedSmart Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon on what he has been presenting at GRDC Updates this year. He gives an overview of the benefits of crop competition and diverse rotations, as well as providing an overview of some of the hot topics at Updates this year. Join your co-hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman to learn more.
How the Seed Terminator & iHSD fared over harvest & the benefits of lime application
We’re so excited to be back for 2019! This is our first podcast for the year and we look at how both the Seed Terminator and iHSD fared over harvest. Seed Terminator research and development director Dr Nick Berry gives insights into how the Seed Terminator went and talks about new models which are now […]
Crop selection, rotation tips and post-harvest spraying
On the last podcast for 2018, we spoke with Dr Haydn Kuchel, who is CEO & Head of Breeding at AGT Breeding. AGT Breeding develops new field crop varieties. Haydn talks to us about AGT-run crop competition trials and how they influenced their breeding programs. We also learn about crop varieties coming online in the future. Finally, we checked in with AHRI and WeedSmart extension agronomist, Greg Condon. He gives an overview of crop sequencing and rotation, as well as providing some tips on post-harvest spraying.
2,4-D update, spray drift advice and how beneficial fungi works to suppress weeds
Want to know about the 2,4-D regulation changes? Nufarm's André Sabeeney gives an overview and also talks more generally about spray drift. Professor John Thompson also talks to us about beneficial fungi and root-lesion nematodes.
Farmers share their harvest weed seed control experiences with Planfarm Agronomist Dani Whyte
We have a special guest co-host this week, with Planfarm Agronomist Dani Whyte joining Jessica Strauss, providing insights on farmer interviews she conducted last harvest. Dani has been working on a GRDC RCSN project, looking at harvest weed seed control practices in the Kwinana East port zone. She conducted 10 farmer interviews in total. In this podcast, we hear from three of the farmers who participated in the project.
Crop topping, using Sharpen & getting ready for harvest
In the podcast this week, we focus on crop topping, the relatively new herbicide, Sharpen and we also hear from farmer Lance Turner about harvester set-up for John Deere headers. AHRI and WeedSmart Agronomist Greg Condon has some great insights into crop topping, including the benefits and what to do if you suspect you’ve got herbicide resistance. We also hear from BASF Technical Services Manager, Phil Hoult, about the relatively new herbicide Sharpen.
Harvester set-up and implications of hay crossing borders
In this podcast, we’re focusing on harvester set-up and also capturing weed seeds in the chaff fraction. John Broster from CSU gives some insight into the research on capturing weed seeds which was done by himself and Michael Walsh from Sydney University. A few years back, they measured how many weed seeds were entering the chaff fraction in a modern harvester. We also hear from WA farmer Andrew Messina about setting up Case harvesters. Finally, with the terrible drought conditions in Queensland and NSW, many farmers have had to source feed from totally different parts of the country. We chat with Grains Farm Biosecurity Officer for Biosecurity Queensland Kym McIntyre about the implications.