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Australian Grains Industry Tools

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  • Weed Seed Wizard

    Media Releases

    Weed Seed Wizard logo

    Date
    07.09.2012
    Region
    National, North, South, West
    URL
    Weed Seed Wizard

    The Weed Seed Wizard is a computer simulation tool. It:

    • is applicable to all of Australia's grain growing regions
    • helps growers understand and manage weed seedbanks specific to their farms
    • uses farm-specific management inputs and site-specific weather
    • is multi-species
    • shows how weed management choices can affect crop yield
    • illustrates weed species dormancy traits.

    Copies of the Weed Seed Wizard are available for download from http://grains.agric.wa.gov.au/weed-seed-wizard

    The Weed Seed Wizard is funded by GRDC.

  • National Farm Practices Database Survey

    Grains

    Date
    23.07.2007
    Region
    National, North, South, West

    A national database of farming practices is to being established to not only enable a comparative assessment of farming practices in regions but also to enable the Grains industry to more effectively report on the current state of the industry. A capacity for grain producers to demonstrate their comparative ability in sustaining their natural resources has not been previously available apart from various pilot projects using paper based systems. This project has developed a electronic internet and email reporting system...

  • HowMuch?

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Date
    19.07.2007
    Region
    National

    HowMuch? has been designed to allow for exploration of a range of simple constructs of crop models which use concepts of water use efficiency (WUE) and transpiration use efficiency (TUE). Output is presented to enable the user to build up a picture of climate risk, and explore how this might be managed. HowMuch? uses a simplified approach to yield prediction based on the French-Shultz model, but is flexible enough to allow for more complex model constructs. It is an "open...

  • HowLeaky?

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Date
    19.07.2007
    Region
    National

    What is HowLeaky? Howleaky? is a simple, graphical interface to a daily water balance model. Its main purpose is to explore the effects of different vegetation (including crops, pastures and trees), climates, soil types and management on the water balance: evapotranspiration, runoff, and deep drainage. Erosion, sediment and pesticide movement are estimated. This leads to: Better understanding of the implications of management on landscape processes. Better connection between science and community. For more infomation: http://www.apsru.gov.au/apsru/Products/HowLeaky/howleaky2.htm

  • HowWet?

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Date
    19.07.2007
    Region
    National

    HowWet? is a Windows based program which uses farm rainfall records to estimate how much plant available water has been stored in the soil and the amount of organic nitrogen that has been converted to an available form during a fallow (non-crop period). HowWet? tracks daily evaporation, runoff and soil moisture using estimates of weather conditions and rainfall input by the user. Accumulation of available nitrogen in the soil is calculated based on soil moisture, temperature, soil type and age...

  • HowOften?

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Date
    19.07.2007
    Region
    National

    HowOften? is a Windows program that explores long-term rainfall records to find how frequently rainfall events occur. Some examples of applications include finding: How often planting opportunities occur If there were more wet harvests in the 1950's Seasonal rainfall fluctuations and value of SOI Comparisons between districts Risk associated with opportunity cropping

  • APSoil

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Date
    19.07.2007
    Region
    National
    URL
    APSoil

    APSoil is a database of soil water characteristics enabling estimation of Plant Available Water Capacity for individual soils and crops. It covers many cropping regions of Australia and is regularly updated. It is designed for use in simulation modelling and agronomic practice.

  • APSIM

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Date
    06.07.2007
    Region
    National

    APSIM was developed to simulate biophysical processes in farming systems, particularly as it relates to the economic and ecological outcomes of management practices in the face of climate risk.

  • AQUAMAN

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Date
    06.07.2007
    Region
    North, South, West

    Irrigated peanuts have become the highest value rotational legume crop in high rainfall and irrigated production regions of Queensland. The yield potential of peanuts in high input irrigated systems is more than 8 t/ha with some fields returning commercial yields in the 6-7.5 t/ha range. However invariably, many growers are only realizing 4-5 t/ha. Lack of timely and adequate irrigation is a major contributor to this huge yield gap. Irrigating the crop at the right time with the right amount...

  • MetAccess

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Date
    04.07.2007
    Region
    National, North, South, West

    MetAccess is a computer tool developed by CSIRO Plant Industry for rapid analysis of historical weather data. The program gives users simple and flexible ways to quantify weather variability and assess the likelihood of weather events. Long term daily meteorological data are summarised in tables or graphs, to help the user assess and better manage the impact of weather in business, research and everyday life. For more information visit http://www.grazplan.csiro.au/