Grains Research and Development

Date: 23.01.2014

NSW workshops tackle problem weed seedbanks

Author: Sarah Jeffrey

Weed specialists from Western Australia are joining forces with locals to tackle the rapidly growing issue of herbicide resistance during a series of one day weed management workshops for leading growers and advisors in New South Wales.

The workshops are aimed at developing tactics to drive down the seedbanks of problem weeds to boost cropping options and profitability.

The workshops are part of a new project supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to extend information and drive management change on hard to kill weeds through the collaborative efforts and experiences of key researchers, advisors and growers.

They are being held in partnership with WeedSmart, an industry-led initiative managed by the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) which is aimed at enhancing on-farm practices and promoting the long term sustainability of herbicide use in Australian agriculture.

The workshop series will begin on March 10 at Moree (RSL Club) followed by Gulargambone (2828 Hall) on March 11, Dubbo (Bowling Club) on March 12, Forbes (Forbes Services Memorial Club) on March 13 and Wagga Wagga (Wine & Food Training Centre, Charles Sturt University Campus) on March 14.

Facilitator John Cameron says participants will be able to share their knowledge and experiences to develop agronomic strategies for problem paddocks and weeds with input from recognised industry experts and grower practitioners.

“Herbicide resistance is one of the greatest challenges facing the Australian grains industry and implementing effective integrated weed management strategies is crucial if the industry is to manage the impact of resistance to key chemicals like glyphosate and 2,4-D,” Mr Cameron said.

“The development and implementation of effective strategies requires cross-industry collaboration and communication and these workshops are a key part of that. They are at the cutting edge of what’s new in weed management and will be a key means of determining what’s working at the local paddock level and what’s not.”

Topics to be discussed include new regional weed issues, strategies for problem weed management, glyphosate resistant grasses and broadleaf weeds, multiple resistant wild oats, phenoxy and other MOA resistant radish, harvest weed seed management, understanding where and how key pre-emergent herbicides fit into the cropping program, and the economic and weed impact of using multiple weed management tactics.

Discussion leaders at all workshops include AHRI’s Peter Newman; ICAN Rural consultant John Cameron; Tony Cook, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI); and a prominent Western Australian grower practitioner.

Additional presenters include Michael Widderick, Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry; North Star grower Tom Murphy at the Moree workshop; Grain Orana Alliance chief executive officer Maurie Street at Gulargambone and Dubbo; Culcairn grower Murray Scholtz at Forbes and Wagga Wagga; and Hanwen Wu, NSW DPI and John Broster, Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga.

The cost of the workshops is $50 per person and as numbers are limited, those interested should register as soon as possible by contacting ICAN Rural on 02 9482 4931 or on-line at http://www.icanrural.com.au

Contact details

For interviews

John Cameron, ICAN Rural
02 9482 4931
john@icanrural.com.au

Contact

Kaaren Latham, Cox Inall Communications
02 8204 3852
kaarenl@coxinall.com.au

GRDC Project Code ICN00016, UQ00062, UWA00164

Region North