Factsheets

  • Farm Financial Tool: Profit and Loss Budget Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    How do I know if my business is viable?Maintaining a sound business management discipline of measuring business performance, using this information for planning and then learning from each year’s results, will ensure a healthy and sustainable business. Understanding your profit and loss budget is essential to this process.

  • Green Bridge Factsheet

    27 Aug 2016

    The essential crop management tool – green bridge control is integral to pest and disease management

  • Feathertop Rhodes grass

    27 Aug 2016

    Over the past two decades, feathertop Rhodes grass has gone from being a minor cropping weed to a major problem for northern – and now some southern – growers. However, with an integrated weed management approach, effective control is possible.

  • Chickpea disease management (Southern and Northern Regions)

    27 Aug 2016

    Managing Fungal Diseases of Chickpeas: An integrated approach to managing fungal diseases in chickpeas in the southern region should focus primarily on ascochyta blight while also paying attention to botrytis grey mould and sclerotinia.

  • Preparing a lease agreement

    27 Aug 2016

    Documenting a lease agreement provides an opportunity for the lessor and lessee to discuss, clarify and agree on factors to avoid misunderstandings or incorrect assumptions.

  • Yellow Leaf Spot Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    A break from wheat-on-wheat, stubble management and growing resistant varieties are important risk-reducing practices for the stubble-borne disease yellow leaf spot.

  • Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus

    27 Aug 2016

    Management Tips to Avoid Yield Penalties: Growers in high rainfall zones should be proactive and develop a Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) management plan which includes crop monitoring, green bridge management, foliar pesticide sprays and pre-sowing seed treatment. These actions will control aphid populations which spread BYDV.

  • European Earwigs Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Earwigs in the medium and high rainfall zones: European earwigs have emerged as a pest of increasing significance in the past five to ten years as a result of changes in farming practices.

  • Retaining Seed fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Grain retained for seed that is harvested following wet conditions requires attentive management if a healthy crop is to be established next season. This management starts at harvest and continues through storage, handling and seeding.

  • Farm Business Risk Profiles

    27 Aug 2016

    A risk profile describes the combination of a business’s ability to incur risk and an individual’s personal risk attitude. Understanding your business’s risk profile can improve communication and result in better decision making.

  • Spring-Sown Winter Canola

    27 Aug 2016

    Recent trials have shown that spring sowing of winter canola can provide increased returns compared to a summer fallow.

  • Foliar applications of spray

    27 Aug 2016

    Foliar applications of fungicides and insecticides

  • Reducing aphid and virus risk

    27 Aug 2016

    Early management decisions are key to reducing aphid and virus risk.

  • Understanding a bank's approach to farm business

    27 Aug 2016

    Are you getting the best deal from your bank?Without access to finance, growing your business and even accessing adequate working capital can be very difficult. Reducing your finance costs by trying to pay as little as possible in interest and fees to your financier is good business practice.

  • Stay safe around grain storage

    27 Aug 2016

    The fundamental approach to grain storage safety is the same as for all other farming activities. The aim is to have a safe workplace for everyone on the farm, including workers, contractors, families, visitors and the owner/managers.

  • Group A Herbicides in Fallow

    27 Aug 2016

    Using Group A herbicides for control of grass weeds in fallow:With the increasing frequency of glyphosate resistance, growers require alternative solutions to control grass weeds in fallow. The use of Group A herbicides in fallow to control grass weeds such as the Chloris species – feathertop Rhodes grass (Chloris virgata) and windmill grass (Chloris truncata) – has shown to be a viable option for controlling young weeds. However, Group A herbicides have a high frequency of resistant individuals in unselected populations, so will quickly develop resistance if survivors are not controlled.

  • Farm Financial Tool: Livestock Gross Margin Budget Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Do you know the relative profitability of your farm’s enterprises?Many Australian farmers are involved in ‘multiple enterprise’ farming systems, which means the profits from each enterprise should be known. It is therefore important to understand gross margin budgets and their role in farm financial analysis.

  • Early-sowing wheat in Victoria

    27 Aug 2016

    With decreasing late autumn rain, growers can take advantage of early autumn falls by sowing winter wheats and slow-maturing spring wheats.

  • What your tax return tells you

    27 Aug 2016

    How much does your tax return tell you about your business? One of the few legal obligations on a farm business is to have an annual tax return completed, so by default, tax returns remain the number one financial record of a farm business. However, as few farmers know how to read and use them, they are one of the most under-utilised resources in a farming business. Are you getting the most out of your tax return?

  • Glyphosate Resistance fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    The responsibility to avoid herbicide residues in delivered cereal, pulse and oilseed grains sits squarely with grain growers and their advisers.