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WeedSmart enews

WeedSmart is an industry-funded initiative that promotes the long term sustainability of herbicide use in Australian agriculture. The last "WeedSmart News" was published in October 2015.

  • WeedSmart enews 9 October 2015

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    Date
    13.10.2015
    Region
    National, West

    "I never use glyphosate on its own and always follow through with the double knock. In just eight years we brought resistant populations of radish, brome and silver grass under control on our farm"
    Colin McAlpine, WA grower.

    NEW webinar series: Minimise weed seed set to maximise your crop
    Are you ready to destroy weed seeds this harvest?

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  • WeedSmart enews 8 June 2015

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    Date
    30.06.2015
    Region
    National, West

    "To win the war you must win the battles. Harvest weed seed control is an important battle"
    - Ray Harrington, WA grower & inventor of the Harrington Seed Destructor

    Welcome to our harvest weed seed control (HWSC) special edition (we like to get in nice and early).

    We've included links to further info on the five main HWSC tools, plus a quick little checklist to work out which tool is right for you.

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  • WeedSmart enews 7 February 2015

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    Date
    27.02.2015
    Region
    National, West

    “Weed control is one of the largest costs in most cropping systems and in the face of increasing herbicide resistance we recommend that growers use the crop itself as an important weed control tactic.”
    - Deidre Lemerle, Graham Centre, CSU

    Pre-emergent herbicides need to be more than a ‘spray and pray’ decision
    Applying the right product with the right application is step one to growing a profitable cereal crop.

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  • WeedSmart enews 6 December 2014

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    Date
    23.12.2014
    Region
    National, West

    "Over 70 per cent of the seed samples we analysed were still contaminated with weed seed, even after cleaning.”
    - Mechelle Owen, AHRI, WeedSmart’s November Expert.
    When is clean, clean enough?
    Retaining seed on-farm for planting next season makes good economic sense, right?
    That is, unless your seed is contaminated with weed seed.
    WeedSmart’s latest Expert, Mechelle Owen (AHRI), surveyed grower-retained seed to assess the level of weed seed contamination and the effect of grain cleaning.

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  • WeedSmart enews 5 September 2014

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    Date
    18.09.2014
    Region
    National, West

    "What has rocked many growers’ perceptions, is the extent of resistance to multiple herbicide groups in the weed populations present in the district."
    - Maurie Street, CEO Grain Orana Alliance and WeedSmart Champion.

    Recent herbicide resistance testing results have shown that 87% of ryegrass samples were resistant to two or more mode of action (MOA) groups and half of these were resistant to four or more MOAs.

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  • WeedSmart enews 4 June 2014

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    Date
    16.06.2014
    Region
    National, West

    “The reason we use a variety of tactics in weed management is because we can’t rely on any one tactic to be 100% effective, every time.”
    - Dr Michael Widderick, Agri-Science Queensland

    Look for escapes—all year’ says Principal Research Scientist (Weeds), Agri-Science Queensland, Michael Widderick.
    Dr Widderick says the practice of weed management is as much about observing what happens and responding to it as it is about having a number of tactics in place to keep driving down the weed seed bank.
    Dr Michael Widderick is our May expert.

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  • WeedSmart enews 3 May 2014

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    Date
    16.05.2014
    Region
    National, West

    “We have to farm as if there will never be another new herbicide.” - Murray Scholz, WeedSmart Champion and NSW grower

    ‘Full label rates, always!’ Tim Condon from Delta Agribusiness tells you why
    Saving money by applying a low does may seem great at first, but Tim Condon warns, “Any saving in chemical costs is significantly outweighed by the risk of the low dose causing faster herbicide resistance evolution.”
    A senior agronomist at Delta Agribusiness, Tim Condon is WeedSmart’s ‘Ask an expert’ this month on all things herbicide rates. If you’ve ever wondered if mixing herbicides can help slow the rate of herbicide resistance, or if you can reduce the rates of a herbicide mix, all with the same mode of action - make sure you check it out here.

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  • WeedSmart enews 2 March 2014

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    Date
    27.03.2014
    Region
    National, West

    “We have to farm as if there will never be another new herbicide.” - Murray Scholz, WeedSmart Champion and NSW grower

    NSW grain growers getting the jump on herbicide resistant weeds
    130 or more concerned farmers and consultants from Moree to Wagga Wagga attended one of the recent Integrated Weed Management workshops featuring Ray Harrington from Western Australia who has beendeveloping strategies to combat herbicide resistance for decades.
    NSW WeedSmart Champions Tom Murphy, Murray Scholtz and Maurie Street were also on hand to discuss their personal experience managing resistant weeds, each having trialled several strategies as they look for the most effective mix of tactics to meet the herbicide resistance challenge.

    Meet our Champions: Murray Scholz, Maurie Street and Tom Murphy.

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  • WeedSmart enews 1 February 2014

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    Date
    21.02.2014
    Region
    National, West

    Monthly tips to crop profitability.

    About to burn windrows and want to avoid burning the whole paddock?
    The WeedSmart website has some short videos with useful tips from growers with plenty of windrow burning experience.
    Another handy tool is the PocketFire app for your iPhone. This app uses the FESA McArthur grass fire index to tell you when the risk of fire escapes are low. It is best to aim for a fire index between 2 and 10 to minimise the risk of fire escapes. You can also check out the video by DAFWA that shows how a WA grower uses this index to help him burn windrows safely.

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