Grains Research and Development

GroundCover Issue 127: Mar-Apr 2017

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  • Soil health checks keep profit potential alive

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    Photo of David Wolfenden

    Article Date
    16.03.2017
    Region
    North
    Author(s)
    Nicole Baxter

    Southern NSW grower David Wolfenden shares some of the lessons learned on his decades-long journey to tie improved soil health to income health

  • Wheat and maize research receives China boost

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    Grains

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    Overseas, West
    Author(s)
    Gio Braidotti

    A leading publicly funded maize and wheat research organisation – the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) – has signed an agreement with China’s Henan Agricultural University (HAU) to open a major new research centre in China’s Yellow River Valley in Henan Province.

  • Grazing management the key to successful dual-purpose crops

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    Photo of Dr John Kirkegaard

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    North
    Author(s)
    Bob Freebairn

    Dual-purpose cropping trials for the northern region show that grazing stubbles, and winter crops during their winter growing period, can lead to similar or even better grain yields than farming without livestock.

  • Trials help plains growers improve fallow efficiency

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    Photo of brothers David (left) and Peter Ricardo

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    North
    Author(s)
    Liz Wells

    Trials in northern NSW and southern Queensland are evaluating the effect of different stubble loads in lifting ground cover above 100 per cent to boost fallow efficiency and planting opportunities

  • Agronomist a worthy recipient

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    Grains

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    North

    Prominent southern NSW agronomist Barry Haskins has been recognised for his invaluable contribution to northern grains research, being awarded the 2017 Seed of Light Award by the GRDC.

  • Industry snapshot

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    Photo of Dr Hugh Dove

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    National, Overseas, South

    US slashes wheat; Mice alert; Big data study; Soybean electronics; Researcher honoured

  • Lime puts faba beans on the agenda in WA

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    Photo of Brad Wood (left) and John Blake

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    West
    Author(s)
    Nicole Baxter

    A primary focus for mixed farmers Brad and Jeremy Wood is improving their soils, with increased lime investments viewed as a priority for lifting production, crop diversity and returns

  • The serious business of profitable farming

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    Photo of Dr Angelo Loi, DAFWA, Jason Stokes (centre) and CSBP Fertilisers area manager Stuart Wakelam

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    West
    Author(s)
    Brad Collis

    A flexible and studied approach to technology and enterprise mix is Jason Stokes’s formula for building and sustaining a profitable farm business

  • Double-cropping to absorb seasonal shocks

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    Photo of Murgon, Queensland, grower Adam McVeigh

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    North, Overseas

    Nuffield Scholar and southern Queensland grower Adam McVeigh is combining zero-till with double cropping by using centre-pivot irrigation to lift income and better withstand drought and flood risk.

  • Planning for and keeping your workforce

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    Photo of tractor silhouette

    Article Date
    06.03.2017
    Region
    North, South, West
    Author(s)
    ORM Pty Ltd

    During the past decade, the face of the Australian farm workforce has undergone some seismic shifts, taking primary production a long way from the days when the Australian farming family traditionally provided the major source of agricultural labour.