RCSN Newsletter

RCSN Newsletter is an newsletter, and contains a snapshot overview of and links to timely GRDC and Regional Cropping Solutions Networks-supported RD&E projects, resources, events and profiles. Each edition also includes regionally-specific research and trial results for each of the RCSN groups to provide valuable, up-to-date information for growers and advisers on the ground.  

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  • RCSN Newsletter Western 8 November 2016

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    Date
    25.11.2016
    Region
    West

    Harvest is always a stressful time of year and 2016 has been no exception, particularly with the impact of severe frosts for some growers and waterlogging for others.

    As the harvest starts to wind-up for some and gets into full swing for others, all of us here at GRDC in the western region wish you a safe and uneventful conclusion to the year and we look forward to
    season 2017.

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  • RCSN Newsletter Western 7 October 2016

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    Date
    25.10.2016
    Region
    West

    Frosts in September have put a dampener on record yield forecasts for Western Australia this year.

    Extreme cold snaps were recorded at about 70 Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) weather stations on September 17-18 and September 24-26 and the State recorded its coldest average minimum temperatures last month - leading to significant cereal crop yield losses in localised areas.

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  • RCSN Newsletter Western 6 September 2016

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    Date
    28.09.2016
    Region
    West

    Most parts of Western Australia are on track for a pretty good season. Some of the northern parts of the grainbelt are looking to start harvest in early to mid-October, so that is just around the corner!

    But the onset of spring typically brings with it challenges of managing risks of frost, pests and diseases in some areas.

    And, in wetter parts of the state, growers are no doubt weighing up the benefits of applying top-up nitrogen (N).

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  • RCSN Newsletter Western 5 August 2016

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    Date
    17.08.2016
    Region
    West

    It’s been a busy month or two for GRDC’s Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSN) members and GRDC’s Western Regional Panel.

    We’ve been catching up with grain growers about their priority R&D issues at a series of RCSN-hosted ‘open’ meetings.

    Feedback from these meetings helps GRDC’s Western Regional and National Panels gain insight into how growers want to see key profitability issues in their local region addressed.

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  • RCSN Newsletter Western 4 July 2016

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    Date
    08.07.2016
    Region
    West

    Fantastic conditions across much of the WA grainbelt have set the scene for a very positive crop production year in 2016.

    As crops take-off during the winter months, management of nutrition, weeds, disease, pests and insects are top of the agenda for most growers.

    In recent years, RCSN groups in every western region port zone have prompted vital and tactical RD&E projects to address these key agronomic issues at a local level.

    A selection of on-the-ground activities supported by the Geraldton, Kwinana East, Kwinana West, Albany and Esperance RCSN groups are featured in this edition.

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  • RCSN Newsletter Western 3 June 2016

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    Date
    01.06.2016
    Region
    West

    It’s now well into winter conditions and the days are getting short and cold. The amazing early crop growth has slowed down. But with the early start, we also have crops that are - in many cases - more advanced than usual for this time of year.

    As a result, many of the decisions about fertiliser, insects, fungicides and in-crop weeds will be poking their heads up sooner than usual in many places.

    You can hear about recent research and trials around some of these key questions at a series of ‘open’ meetings that GRDC’s Regional Cropping Solutions Network is hosting at a town not far from you.

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  • RCSN Newsletter Western 2 May 2016

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    Date
    05.05.2016
    Region
    West

    Western Australian grain growers are renowned for being innovators and ahead of the game in making productivity gains.

    To ensure this trend continues, GRDC has set an ambitious target of supporting the grains industry to double grower profits by the year 2030.

    Central to meeting this goal is its investment into a balance of: strategic research; applied research; development and validation; and extension - for the long, medium and short term.

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  • RCSN Newsletter Western 1 March 2016

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    Date
    31.03.2016
    Region
    West

    A new year brings new faces to the GRDC’s five western region RCSN groups, which met during February to discuss and update priority grains R,D&E issues in each of the State’s port zones.

    The RCSNs are made up of a mix of 12 grain growers, advisers, consultants and other industry stakeholders. Their role is to capture and rank regional grains issues to feed into investment planning by the GRDC’s western panel and regional grower services team.

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