Factsheets

  • Labour management: Improving time management efficiency

    22 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 performance

    22 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 costs

    22 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 Sheet

    22 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 bags

    22 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.

  • Rotations

    21 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.

  • Farm business management: Simple and effective business planning

    22 Aug 2016

    Using the 'now, where and how' process can help create simple and effective strategic plans for your grain-growing business. Strategic planning focuses on establishing goals and actions to ensure farming businesses develop and prosper.

  • Wild radish

    21 Aug 2016

    Wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) is one of the most widespread and competitive broadleaf weeds of Australian cereal-growing regions. Increasing resistance to multiple herbicide modes of action is forcing the adoption of diverse and integrated weed-control strategies by growers dealing with this weed.

  • Brome Grass

    21 Aug 2016

    Brome grass, a persistent but manageable weed

  • Better fertiliser decisions for crop nutrition

    21 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 management

    22 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 trials

    22 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 soil

    22 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.

  • Surface temperature inversions and spraying surface temperature inversions and spraying

    22 Aug 2016

    In cooling night conditions airborne pesticides can concentrate near the surface and unpredictable winds can move droplets away from the target. Understanding weather conditions can help spray applicators avoid spray drift.

  • Farm business management: The benefits of separating land assets from the operating business

    22 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 systems

    21 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 Applications Northern Region

    22 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 objectively

    21 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.

  • Mouse Control September 2011

    21 Aug 2016

    Mouse numbers can build and decline rapidly depending on localised conditions. Constant vigilance and timely monitoring and control are required to minimise crop loss.

  • Wheat Curl Mite

    21 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.