Growers share on-farm experiences at WeedSmart Week 2018

Author: | Date: 01 Aug 2018

While growers in Queensland and New South Wales have had a tough start to the winter cropping season, they are being advised to keep weed control front of mind when it does rain.

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Crop Protection Officer North Vicki Green said weeds were often the first plants to respond when it rained and forward planning around issues like pre-emergent herbicide applications, could help maximise the competitiveness of crops.

A profile photo of grower Brad Jackson
Grower Brad Jackson from Gurley will be sharing his experiences using a WeedIT optical sprayer during the 2018 WeedSmart Week farm tours in northern NSW.

To hear the latest information about weed control, growers and agronomists are invited to the 2018 WeedSmart Week in the Narrabri and Moree districts on August 20-22.

“I really encourage growers and agronomists who want to hear success stories directly from the paddock to come along and be part of WeedSmart Week,” Mrs Green said.

“It’s an invaluable opportunity to visit farming operations in northern New South Wales, where growers have been innovative and resourceful when it comes to tackling herbicide resistance and trialling integrated weed management options.”

The three-day event starts with a day’s forum at Locharba Station near Narrabri and will be followed by two days of farm tours.

Three local growers, who attended the 2017 WeedSmart event in Wagga Wagga, will be sharing how they have tackled herbicide resistance.

One of those growers is Brad Jackson, who farms with his father Peter and brothers Phil and Matt at Gurley where they usually have a robust winter cropping program featuring wheat, barley, chickpea, canola and linseed.

Following 2017 WeedSmart Week they’ve reintroduced the use of pre-emergent herbicides to their herbicide program and are taking every opportunity to mix and rotate herbicide modes of action.

The Jackson family’s WeedIT optical sprayer has revolutionised their herbicide program, allowing them to spray low weed density paddocks more frequently and target small, fresh seedlings. Brad and Phil are also developing valuable weed management tactics, such as camera-guided inter-row cultivator and green manuring that can be employed in an organic farming system at Westmar.

To hear Brad talk about his experience at WeedSmart Week 2017 and what he will be speaking about at this year’s event go to the WeedSmart.

Other topics on the agenda at this year’s WeedSmart Week include cutting-edge technologies such as optical sprayers, autonomous tractors and emerging ‘green-on-green’ spray sensors as well as fitting chaff decks and stripper fronts into northern systems. Some of this equipment will be on display at Locharba.

A forum on day one of the event with expert panels of growers and leading agronomists will discuss how the Big 6 tactics can be used to target the weed species and farming systems.

For early bird registration for this three-day event go to the WeedSmart website.

GRDC Project code: UWA00172