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Episode 173: Keep your critical window open longer

Think of it as a new breath of fresh air for your crops. Keeping the critical growing window open longer will deliver you bigger yields. Professor Victor Sadras from the South Australian Research and Development Institute has been researching this topic and on this podcasts he speaks about what he has found, in particular the relative importance of grain weight and grain number. Victor Sadras, sowing window, agronomy, soil and nutrition

Episode 172: Queensland soybean growers left puzzled by disease presence

Farmers in northern Queensland were left perplexed and alarmed by damage done to soybean crops by fungal disease. Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries plant pathologist explains in this podcast that crops had been hit by two fungal diseases – Target Spot and Anthracnose, with damage being compounded by Stem Fly attack. soybean, Lisa Kelly, disease, crop protection, target spot, anthracnose, stem fly, fungal disease

Episode 171: A Glimpse Into The Future For The WA Wheat Industry

By 2030 Asia’s demand for wheat will increase by a further 8 million tonnes and that offers Australia’s wheat industry real opportunities. Speaking at the Perth Grains Research Update the CEO of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre, Richard Simonaitis told delegates, Australia is well placed to win a share of the forecast increase in demand. While the topic for Richard’s Update presentation was ‘A glimpse into the future for the Western Australian Wheat Industry’, the podcast contains information highly relevant to wheat growers and industry stakeholders across Australia. Western Australia, crops, wheat, cereals, Richard Simonaitis, Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre, AEGIC

Episode 170: Using all our tools for pest management redlegged earth mite

The overuse of insecticides and evolution of resistance in redlegged earth mite (RLEM) is a significant issue for southern and western grain growers. But a new snapshot-style resource is available to help growers make sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) decisions to deal with this pest in canola. It’s called the RLEM best management practice guide, and in this podcast, entomologist Dr Paul Umina talks through the guide in more detail, including factors that influence RLEM numbers in canola and the proactive management strategies. Paul Umina, RLEM, redlegged earth mite, pests, crop protection, integrated pest management

Episode 169: Using all our tools for pest management: green peach aphid

This podcast has been developed as part of the investment, "Supporting the sustainable use of insecticides and local on-farm implementation of IPM strategies in the GRDC southern region”. The investment aims to provide knowledge and skills to growers so they are equipped with a range of appropriate IPM strategies for their situations. integrated pest management, pests, crop protection, green peach aphid, Paul Umina

Episode 168: Using all our tools for pest management: diamondback moth

A new resource is available to help grain growers make proactive integrated pest management (IPM) decisions to control diamondback moth (DBM) in canola. It’s called the DBM best management practice guide, and in this podcast, entomologist Dr Kym Perry from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) the research division of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, explores the contents of this guide. diamondback moth, integrated pest management, pests, crop protection, Kerry Perry

Episode 167: Trials show yellow leaf spot can lead to significant yield losses

There has been some conjecture in the grains industry as to whether Yellow Leaf Spot is simply a cosmetic disease that has little impact on yield and the contrary view that yield loss can be significant. New research has found that in wet winters the disease does indeed lead to reduced tonnages. On this podcast, Agriculture Victoria plant pathologist, Grant Hollaway talks about what his research found and also some options for growers who would like to avoid the problem in the first place. yellow leaf spot, Grant Hollaway, disease, crop protection

Episode 166: Better chickpeas a wild idea

The past can teach us many valuable lessons, particularly when it comes to nature. Scientists around the world are going back in time to capture valuable new traits for modern day chickpeas. Australian scientists are using chickpea varieties collected from the harshest environments to capture strong traits for properties such as increased drought tolerance. On this podcast, Lars Kamphuis from the Centre for and Disease Management in Perth explains the Australian context of this exciting research. Lars Kamphuis, Centre for and Disease Management, crops, pulses, CCDM

Episode 165: Septoria Tritici Blotch emerges once again

Septoria Tritici Blotch has re-emerged as a disease that growers in the southern region should watch out for. Septoria Tritici Blotch is a foliar disease in wheat and was last most prevalent during wet years in the 1970’s. On this podcast, Agriculture Victoria plant pathologist, Grant Hollaway explains the management of a disease that many growers may not have seen before. Grant Hollaway, Septoria Tritici Blotch, disease, crop protection

Episode 164: Grazing crops is money in the bank

New research by CSIRO has revealed that grazing crops can add up to $1000 per hectare to a farm’s bottom line. With high livestock prices, dual purpose cropping has many advantages, both direct and indirect, including filling the winter feed gap and allowing extra spring pasture growth. On this podcast, CSIRO’s Lindsay Bell outlines those benefits. grazing, Lindsay Bell, dual purpose cropping, farm business, business management

Episode 163: Pre Sowing Tips For Soil Nutrition

The podcast discusses research findings arising out of the GRDC investment ‘Using soil and plant testing data to better inform nutrient management and optimise fertiliser investments for grain growers in the southern region’, which is focused on increasing growers’ use of soil and plant testing data to better inform their fertiliser decision making. soil and nutrition, agronomy, Daniel Bell, Harm van Rees, Sean Mason, fertiliser, sowing

Episode 162: Soil Testing Plant Tissue Testing And Nutrition Budgeting

The podcast discusses research findings arising out of the GRDC investment ‘Using soil and plant testing data to better inform nutrient management and optimise fertiliser investments for grain growers in the southern region’, which is focused on increasing growers’ use of soil and plant testing data to better inform their fertiliser decision-making. soil and nutrition, agronomy, Harm van Rees, Robert Norton, Sean Mason, nitrogen

Episode 161: Heightened risk of Ascochyta Blight in chickpeas in 2020

Chickpea growers have been cautioned to recognise the potential for an increased risk of Ascochyta Blight in chickpeas in 2020. NSW DPI senior plant pathologist, Kevin Moore warns that Ascochtya inoculum will still be present in chickpea residue that is several years old. A new fact sheet focusing on management options in 2020 is now available to growers and advisers. Ascochyta Blight, chickpea, Kevin Moore, crops, pulses

Episode 160: Shining The Spotlight On Yellow Sandplain Soils

Goomalling grower Rob Dempster is confident the production potential from yellow sandplain soils on his family’s property can be “unlocked” to become an asset – especially in dry seasons. Rob’s confidence stems from his involvement in a series of research trials on his property, investigating the impacts of a range of soil-inversion and deep-tillage tactics on crop performance. In this podcast, Rob discusses the trial findings in more detail and the deep-tillage tactics that have boosted the productivity of his yellow sandplain soils. The research was conducted by consultancy group agVivo Pty Ltd, with GRDC investment and support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). Rob Dempster, yellow sandplain soils, Tim Boyes, soil and nutrition, agronomy, soil-inversion, deep-tillage, soil constraints