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BONUS Regional Update Podcast
If you’re subscribed to the podcast, you might’ve noticed there’s an extra bonus episode popping up at the moment.
We’re doing a new podcast in these crazy times as in-person events aren’t able to go ahead for the time being due to COVID-19.
Each Monday we’ll have an expert from a different cropping region to provide a regional weeds-focused update.
Check out our Regional Update Podcast here.
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.
Australasian Weeds Conference overview
In this podcast, we’re focusing on research and ideas out of the 21st Australasian Weeds Conference. WeedSmart's Jessica Strauss was lucky enough to attend and caught up with a number of researchers who presented. The AWC is a biennial conference and carries on a long tradition of bringing the weed management community together to discuss new developments and share information about cutting-edge and best weed management practices.
Cross-resistance update from Chris Preston and Truflex Canola explainer
Serious herbicide resistance news has come out of South Australia, with a population of ryegrass from the Eyre Peninsula, having been confirmed resistant to all of the pre-emergent herbicides – Avadex, Arcade, Trifluralin (shown in the above image), Propyzamide and Sakura, as well as two lesser-known herbicides EPTC and Thiobencarb. It was sampled in 2014 just two years after the release of Sakura in Australia. Metabolic cross-resistance is at play here. The really serious news is that a random survey in the South East of South Australia found many more populations of ryegrass with multiple cross-resistance to a range of pre-emergent herbicides, and the perplexing thing is that there is no predictable cross-resistance pattern. This is the research by the team of Chris Preston, Peter Boutsalis, David Brunton and Gurgeet Gill from the University of Adelaide with GRDC investment and we speak with Chris Preston about the findings and what they mean. If you'd like to learn more about the technical side of this finding, you can read AHRI insight here. In positive news, we learn about Truflex Canola technology which is being released by Monsanto in 2019. TruFlex canola is Monsanto’s second-generation weed control trait offering growers greater flexibility through an extended glyphosate application window up to first flower.
WeedSmart Week 2018 in Narrabri – An Overview
The podcast is a bit late this week as we’ve been busy in Northern NSW presenting WeedSmart Week! We kicked off the event with the Forum Day in Narrabri at Lochaber Station and then toured around the region visiting farms and hearing from growers and agronomists on their farming systems and weed control tactics. In […]
Crop competition and optical spraying in the North
Join your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman, as they discuss crop competition and optical spraying in the Northern region. Gulargambone Farmer Chris Roche talks about crop competition in his farming system and Agronomist Rob Long discusses optical spraying options in the Northern Region. Both Chris and Rob will be speaking at the WeedSmart Week […]
WeedSmart Week is coming to the Northern Region!
As a whole, the northern grains region has had a very tough start to the 2018 winter cropping season. With a few showers around there are hopes of some reprieve from a long, dry spell. Unfortunately, weeds will most likely be the first to respond to rainfall and growers will need to make some difficult […]
Syngenta Growth Awards study tour to the UK and Switzerland
This week we're catching up with two of the 2017 Syngenta Growth Awards winners. We were very proud that our Extension Agronomist Kirrily Condon nabbed the Adviser award in the Sustainability category. For Junee-based Kirrily, the goal is always the same. If she can provide advice that is making farming more profitable as well as sustainable, then she’s set out what she aimed to achieve. We also caught up with Duncan Young who farms out of Beverley in Western Australia with JT Young and Sons. He received the Grower award in the Sustainability category.
The unsung hero – crop competition
We don’t want to give the weeds a free kick by growing un-competitive crops. Crop competition with weeds is a double-edged sword. There is the effect of the weeds on the crop, and the effect of the crop on the weeds. A competitive crop will suffer less yield loss at the hands of the weeds, […]