Labour management: Improving time management efficiency22 Aug 2016
Effective farm business managers use a range of tools to complete important tasks efficiently and in a timely manner.
Using profit to manage volatile business performance22 Aug 2016
Building financial reserves and equity in good years, to provide buffering against the impacts of low income years, are keys to financial success in today's high cost farming systems.
Farm business management: Machinery investment and costs22 Aug 2016
Investment in technology-enhanced machinery has provided significant productivity gains for grain growers over the last 10 years. However, determining the appropriate level of machinery investment for an individual farm business can be a challenge.
Irrigated Wheat in the Murrumbidgee and Murray Fact Sheet22 Aug 2016
Lifting yields from 5t/ha to 8t/ha … or more: Growing irrigated wheat in southern New South Wales and northern Victoria is more than simply adding water to dryland varieties. Higher yields require increased monitoring and correct management practices to avoid yield penalties.
Grain Storage Fact Sheet: Successful storage in grain bags22 Aug 2016
Bulk grain bags, also known as Silo Bags, can be a handy harvest storage option if used properly. A planned approach with careful management is essential.
Rotations21 Aug 2016
Good rotations – when do you need a break? The agronomic value of break crops needs to be considered across the whole rotation not just in respect to the year of production.
Brome Grass21 Aug 2016
Brome grass, a persistent but manageable weed
Better fertiliser decisions for crop nutrition21 Aug 2016
Inefficient of incorrect use of fertiliser can be a substantial, but somewhat hidden, cost in the cropping operation. Using good data to better understand your existing soil nutrient status before deciding on a fertiliser strategy can optimise expenditure on fertiliser and crop yields
Nitrogen fixation of crop legumes: basic principles and practical management22 Aug 2016
Nitrogen fixation by crop legumes reduces the need for fertiliser nitrogen (N) and emissions of nitrous oxide. Benefits from legumes can be maximised by using high-yielding legume varieties that are not constrained by poor management, insects, disease, weeds or nutrient deficiencies.
Nitrous oxide emissions in the Grains Industry: Research on tillage trials22 Aug 2016
Nitrogenous fertiliser is a major, consistent investment in crop growth that Australian grain growers make in order to meet yield targets.
Nitrous oxide emissions in the Grains Industry: Nitrogen fertiliser losses from soil22 Aug 2016
Agriculture is responsible for an estimated 85 per cent of Australia’s emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas with almost 300 times the potency of carbon dioxide.
Farm business management: The benefits of separating land assets from the operating business22 Aug 2016
Traditionally, land assets and farming operations have been run together as one farming business. The benefits from separating the real estate (farm land) from the operating business relate to alternative options for farm scale expansion, succession and retirement.
Strategic tillage in no-till systems21 Aug 2016
No-till farming systems that include minimal soil disturbance and stubble retention offer a wide range of economic, environmental and soil quality advantages compared to conventional tillage systems. However, there is growing evidence that strict no-till is unsustainable due to implications from the lack of soil disturbance.
Herbicide Application fact sheet Effective Double Knock Herbicide Applications22 Aug 2016
By using a Double Knock approach in fallow paddocks growers have a reliable technique to control difficult weeds while also assisting in the management of herbicide resistance.
Using climate and weather data objectively21 Aug 2016
Climate and weather forecasting continue to improve as the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) develops and refines new technology and modelling. Growers and advisers can consult a range of information to interpret emerging trends that can help with seasonal planning and decision-making.
Wheat Curl Mite21 Aug 2016
A tiny mite that spreads wheat streak mosaic virus Management of host plants over summer and autumn is the main tool in controlling wheat curl mite, the carrier of wheat streak mosaic virus, a disease which may cause up to 100 per cent yield loss with early and widespread infection of young wheat plants.
Eyespot in wheat fact sheet21 Aug 2016
Eyespot in medium and high rainfall zones: Eyespot is a fungal disease that occurs in areas with prolonged cool and damp conditions and yield losses can range from minor to extreme, depending on the amount of lodging in the crop.
Denitrification21 Aug 2016
Soil nitrate can be lost through denitrification, a process that can occur when soils are approaching saturation and become depleted in oxygen. Growers can reduce the potential for denitrifi cation in wetter parts of paddocks with five techniques.
Slug control: Slug identification and management21 Aug 2016
In the higher rainfall zones where zero till and stubble retention is practiced, slugs are an increasing problem. As no single control method will provide complete protection, an integrated approach is best.
Carbon Farming21 Aug 2016
Store carbon for healthy soils and better yields Maintaining and increasing the level of organic carbon in the soil will have benefits in terms of maximising water-holding capacity and crop productivity but farmers should not expect large returns from carbon credits.
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