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Episode 158: Step change gains hoped for in new pulse research

A new joint GRDC and Victorian Government investment is looking to identify step changes in the productivity of pulse crops in the southern region. Researchers believe productivity improvements of ten percent could be achieved over the life of the project. On this podcast, Agriculture Victoria research scientist, Garry Rosewarne describes the type and scale of the research that is being undertaken. Garry Rosewarne, pulse, crops

Episode 157: Hugh Beckie - new man at the weed resistance helm

Meet the man who is leading the way to reducing the impact of herbicide resistance in Australia. Canadian, Hugh Beckie has a long history with herbicide resistance both as a scientist and as a farmer. Hugh has a keen interest in applied science. He wants to know that solutions to herbicide resistance will work on your farm. Hugh Beckie, herbicide resistance, weeds, crop protection

Episode 156: Crop Responses From Tillage Tactics To Combat Soil Constraints

Tim Boyes, tillage, soil constraints, soil and nutrition, agronomy, subsoil compaction, water-repellence, acidity

Episode 155: Chemical regulation in European agriculture – a look at the impacts

For a long time the European Union has been known as the home of tough regulation of farm chemicals. Several chemicals in common use in Australia are now banned or soon will be in some jurisdictions – something that is likely to surprise many Australian growers. So what has been the impact of regulation on the development of new chemistries? And will technology fill the void left by those pesticides now leaving the European marketplace? On this podcast we speak with British farm consultant, Keith Norman. chemical regulation, crop protection, weeds, pests, diseases

Episode 154: Maximum Residue Limits

Given the changing nature of market regulations, all stakeholders along the supply chain need to be aware of market requirements in relation to MRLs. Given the implications of incorrect chemical use, there is a need for greater transparency and understanding by growers and their advisors of the impact of chemical use on market access. Gerard McMullen, maximum residue limits, MRL, Gordon Cumming, weeds, pests, diseases, chemical regulation

Episode 153: Crown Rot Fact Sheets detail latest research findings

New region specific fact sheets detailing the latest research into Crown Rot Fact Sheets are now available for farmers and their advisers. The fact sheets are the result of more than six years of research and detail the very latest information on detecting the disease and limiting losses. On this podcast Agriculture Victoria Senior Plant Pathologist, Grant Hollaway discusses the disease and some recent developments on controlling its impact. Grant Hollaway, crown rot, disease, crop protection

Episode 152: Becoming a trusted adviser

The role of an agronomist is unique. At one end of the scale is simply working to sell a product, while at the other end of a scale is being a trusted advisor to clients. What does it take to become a trusted advisor, what skills are needed and what commitment required? And should you be a trusted advisor to every client? Dennis Hoiberg, farm business, learning and development, advisor

Episode 151: Introduction and Pre Sowing Innoculation

Rhizobium is a tiny microbe with a big dollar impact. Ensuring this beneficial soil bacteria has an optimal effect requires a number of key conditions. Rhizobium, microbe, soil and nutrition, agronomy

Episode 150: Dry Sowing

Dry sowing pulse crops is the norm rather than the exception today, however, maximising nitrogen fixation is dependent on a number of factors. nitrogen fixation, soil and nutrition, agronomy, sowing, dry sowing

Episode 149: Acid Soils

Rhizobia are microbes that play an important role in nitrogen fixation in pasture and pulse legumes, but acid soils can have a big impact on the success of rhizobia. acid soils, rhizobia, microbes, soil and nutrition, agronomy, pulses, legumes

Episode 148: In Season Assessment

An important role of pulse crops is nitrogen fixation, and key to that process are nodules – what are they and why do growers need to know more about them? nitrogen fixation, soil and nutrition, agronomy

Episode 147: Keeping one step ahead of fungicide resistance means setting a fast pace

Centre for Crop and Disease Management, Fran Lopez Ruiz, fungicide resistance, disease, fungicide, crop protection

Episode 146: The future of agriculture

Like any other industry, agriculture needs to know where it’s going so it can create a pathway to the future. That’s where deep thinkers like Professor Tim Reeves comes into play. On this podcast Tim addresses the big issue facing agriculture right now – a doubling of production with the same amount of water and land and doing it sustainably. Tim Reeves, future, innovation, industry insights

Episode 145: Test for beet western yellows virus

Growers and advisers are urged to go beyond a visual inspection of crops to determine the exact cause of ill-thrift in a crop. Research that followed the devastating impact of beet western yellows virus in 2014 canola crops in South Australia has thrown up some anomalies causing scientists to urge more precision when it comes to diagnosing potential crop disease. beet western yellows virus, disease, crop protection, Piotr Trebicki