Welcome to the WeedSmart Podcast Portal!
You can subscribe to our podcasts on the app of your choice by searching ‘WeedSmart Podcast’. Click on the links to subscribe on iTunes and SoundCloud. You can follow and get in touch with Jessica on Twitter here and Pete here.
We have two podcasts that you can listen to. Our “WeedSmart Podcast” comes out each fortnight on Wednesdays and is a longer-form podcast with around two interviews. We also have the “Regional Update” which is short-form and comes out on the alternate week each fortnight on a Monday. This podcast features one person from a different region each time who gives an update on their area and some of the challenges/wins they’re experiencing. You can catch up on all of our podcasts below.
Mixing herbicides with David Gooden
With seeding around the corner (or potentially already started for some!), keeping weeds at bay will also be on the agenda. In this podcast, we chat with Lockhart farmer David Gooden. David not only farms but also developed the Sprayer Mate batching plant with his brother Owen. David is a Nuffield Scholar Recipient and has studied spray application technology. In this podcast, we learn about the benefits of using a batching plant, as well as receive a few reminders on best practice for mixing herbicides.
Harvest seed destroying mill technology explained
Harvest seed destroying mill technology has been the talk of the town among harvest weed seed control enthusiasts. For the podcast, we normally stick to seasonal issues, but in February, the Kondinin Group released a cracker Research Report, "Residue Management at Harvest". In this report, the Research Team (comprising of Ben White, Josh Giumelli and Mark Saunders), tested and reviewed a number of harvest weed seed control tools, including mill technology, which is the focus of this podcast. We chat with Ben White and farmers Roger Newman and Andrew Todd, who have both invested in different mill machines.
Disc seeding systems
Nearly a year ago, Extension Officer Greg Condon co-hosted a podcast with Jessica Strauss on disc seeding and stripper front systems. It's a bit more of an obscure system, but it sure generated a lot of interest and is currently our most played episode, with more than 750 listens (you can check it out here). Given the interest, we thought we'd put together another podcast of similar ilk, but this time focusing on disc seeding itself.
The importance of cleaning seed
For many growers, planting seed is just around the corner, but to ensure quality seed is going in the ground, it’s important to grade and clean it. In this podcast, we hear from seed cleaning contractor, David Bach, who runs Toowoomba Grain and Storage. He explains the process of cleaning seed, why it’s imperative and […]
Harvest Residue Topper (HRT) and Summer Weeds
We’re back for 2018! This is our first podcast of the year and we are excited to get into another year of informative and fun podcasts to ensure you have more crop and fewer weeds! Join your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman to delve into Summer weed management and learn about a mechanical weed […]
Cropping and Resistance Forum Overview
In our last podcast for the year, we present an overview of the recent Cropping and Resistance ‘Riders of the Storm’ Forum which was supported by GRDC and hosted by AHRI and CCDM. There was a great turnout for the 3rd GRDC Crop Protection Forum which was held at Bunya Campus in December. For the […]
Summer fallow management and herbicide resistance in California
This time of year, Summer fallow management is on the radar to ensure weeds are kept at bay and don’t rob soil moisture and nitrogen from next year’s crops. Ag Grow Director and Agronomist, Barry Haskins goes over some tips for getting summer fallow management right. Podcast co-host Peter Newman also discusses the importance of considering […]
NWB to tackle sclerotinia and the Australian Ground Spray Calculator
In this podcast, we hear from Kyran Brooks about CCDM research which looks at how HWSC tool narrow windrow burning can kill sclerotinia. We also hear from Dr Chris O'Donnell from the University of Queensland about the Australian Ground Spray Calculator. Take a listen.
HWSC Workshop overview and sowthistle management update
With the help of GRDC, Planfarm recently held Harvest Weed Seed Control (#HWSC) workshops in Western Australia. All the current approaches to HWSC were discussed in detail. In this podcast, Jessica Strauss is joined by two co-hosts, Peter Newman (AHRI, WeedSmart, Planfarm) and Nick McKenna (Planfarm) where they provide an overview of the learnings from […]
Autonomous farm machinery from Dot Tech Corp and spray drift tips
It’s that time of year already where farmers are getting out their spray rigs and dealing with in-crop weeds. While it is a busy time of year, it’s essential to ensure you’re across good spraying technique to ensure spray drift does not occur. Spray drift expert Mary O’Brien explains wind inversions and provides tips for […]
Harvest tips, crop topping + trifluralin resistance
Development Officer at Merredin Research Station Glen Riethmuller gives some useful insights into harvesting low, crop lifters and also discusses crop topping. We also hear from Meckering farmer Darren Morrell. He recently received resistance test results which showed one of the farms he is leasing has 80% trifluralin resistance. Darren talks about what tactics he’ll […]
Virtual fencing + Grain and Graze Update
Greg and Jessica discuss some of the upcoming technology in the ag space. In light of the technology theme, we hear from CSIRO farming systems scientist Rick Llewellyn about virtual fencing and its applications. Later on, we hear from farm consultant and agronomist Cam Nicholson who is based near Geelong in Victoria. He discusses some of the outcomes of the recently completed GRDC funded Grain and Graze project.