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Episode 183: Hyper Yielding Crops Initiative

The national Hyper Yielding Crops initiative is the GRDC’s new investment to push crop yield boundaries in high yield potential grain-growing environments across Australia. The initiative will involve five centres of excellence. Attached to each centre of excellence will be five focus farms (25 farms in total) and a lead grower network aimed at taking research and development learnings from small plot to paddock scale. Grower and adviser involvement is now being sought to inform the research direction. Through the new investment, high yield potential cultivars suited to local environments will be identified and the most appropriate agronomic management tactics – including paddock selection and preparation, canopy management, disease, weed and pest control, and crop nutrition strategies – will be explored to assist grower and adviser decision making. hyper yielding crops initiative, Nick Poole, Jon Midwood, agronomy, national variety trials, NVT

Episode 182: Good guidance on in-crop nitrogen application in 2020

Delivering nitrogen to your crop is one of the more difficult decisions you make each year. Have you supplied enough, or have you supplied too much. This year you have a new friend, in the form of the Nitrogen Reference Manual for the Southern Region. The release of the manual comes at the perfect time for growers who are poised to do top up nitrogen applications. On this podcast, we hear from ag consultant Bill Long about the manual, soil scientist Cassie Schefe about what’s happening in your soil right now and grower Andrew Russell about his nitrogen program and the pleasant surprise he got this year. Bill Long, nitrogen, agronomy, soil and nutrition, Cassie Schefe

Episode 181: Optimising Cereal Grain Yield

Between 2017 and 2019 strategically placed wheat trials, located as far north as Central Queensland down to the Riverina region of NSW delivered data that will provide grain growers with regional information about variety adaption and recommended sowing times. The project is part of a bilateral agreement under the grains agronomy and pathology partnership between GRDC and NSW DPI, who brought Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries onboard to work on the project. crops, cereals, Darren Aisthorpe

Episode 180: Inter-row cropping under the microscope in the Southern Region (Part 1)

It’s radical. It certainly looks different. But the potential benefits could be enormous. It’s called intercropping – growing two or more crops in the same paddock at the same time. In Part 1 of this two part mini-series, we hear about the sheer scale of trials underway across Victoria and what is hoped to be achieved. Agriculture Victoria crop scientist, Garry O’Leary dreams of a future that might be, but with a big dose of realism tossed into the mix. inter-row cropping, Garry O\u2019Leary, innovation, industry insights

Episode 179: Inter-row cropping under the microscope in the Southern Region (Part 2)

innovation, industry insights, inter-row cropping, Penny Rifkin, Garry O\u2019Lear

Episode 178: Rhizoctonia in 2020

Rhizoctonia is a fungal disease that’s causing some concern to growers in the Southern and Western regions. On this podcast we speak to SARDI scientists Alan McKay and Blake Gontar about some of the management options available to growers and, in particular, how they can lessen the presence of the disease in the soil moving in to 2021. rhizoctonia, disease, fungal disease, Alan McKay, Blake Gontar, crop protection

Episode 177: Tactical Nitrogen Agronomy

New research into Nitrogen applications as part of the Tactical Wheat Agronomy for the West project could challenge the way the industry thinks about what determines the timing of N applications. The research project, a WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and GRDC investment, involved trials across Western Australia’s wheatbelt and revealed a key influencer of wheat yield, quality and protein level, is environment. nitrogen, agronomy, soil and nutrition, Dion Nicol, Western Australia

Episode 176: Yield losses from red leather leaf in oats

Yield losses from Red Leather Leaf in Oats could be significantly higher than growers have previously believed. One reason might be that the stubble borne foliar diseases is difficult to identify. On this podcast, Agriculture Victoria research scientist, Mark McLean talks about trials currently underway and why there is strong suspicion that this disease is costing farmers yield. red leather leaf, Mark McLean, oats, crops, stubble borne foliar diseases, disease, crop protection

Episode 175: Choosing The Best Pasture Legumes For Lower Rainfall Areas

In this podcast, researcher Ross Ballard from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the research division of Primary Industries and Regions SA, shares information on the new and existing commercial lines tested so far, including the new stand medic (Medicago littoralis) cultivar scheduled for release in 2021. Ross Ballard, lower rainfall zone, crops, legumes, pulses

Episode 174: Push for yield increase of high value irrigated crops

In this podcast, FAR Australia researcher Michael Straight says the gap between what is achieved and what is achievable when it comes to yield comes down to doing the little things right. We also hear from Charlie Aves from the Irrigate Cropping Council about how the pathways that will emerge from the research will be disseminated to growers. Michael Straight, irrigated crops, agronomy, water resources, Charlie Aves

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