Factsheets

  • Millipedes and Slaters Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Millipedes and slaters in no-till systems: The black Portuguese millipede is emerging as a sporadic but damaging pest of broadacre agriculture, particularly canola, while high populations of slaters have damaged some crops in recent years.

  • Irrigated Wheat: Achievable yields for irrigated wheat

    27 Aug 2016

    Irrigated wheat can yield up to eight tonnes per hectare in the northern region, given good management and adequate water around flowering time.

  • Direct heading canola fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Early planning key to direct heading: Many grain growers fear that direct heading canola is risky and that high shattering losses are inevitable. But with improved management and timing of harvest operations, it is increasingly being considered as a cost-effective option.

  • Pre-harvest Herbicide Use fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Stewardship for pre-harvest application of herbicides in winter crops:The responsibility to avoid herbicide residues in delivered cereal, pulse and oilseed grains sits squarely with grain growers and their advisers.The application of herbicides late in the season to prevent weeds setting seed or to desiccate crops must be carried out with caution and in line with herbicide label recommendations. It is essential to check if these practices are acceptable to buyers, as in some situations markets have extremely low or even zero tolerance to some pesticide and herbicide residues.

  • Septoria tritici blotch fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Changes in Septoria tritici blotch resistance to fungicides have been detected in the southern grain growing region, especially where wheat is sown into wheat stubble. Variety selection and crop rotations are essential for effective disease control.

  • Durum quality and agronomy fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Tips for achieving higher durum quality and yields: To produce the highest quality durum, growers need to develop a management plan which considers agronomic and variety selection as well as understanding the requirements of pasta manufacturers andend users.

  • Yellow Spot Fact Sheet Northern Region

    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.

  • Grain marketing and pesticide residues

    27 Aug 2016

    Violations of maximum residue limits (MRLs) affect the marketability of Australian export grain. By observingseveral precautions growers can ensure that grain coming off their farm is compliant.

  • Soil testing for crop nutrition (Southern Region)

    27 Aug 2016

    Updated critical values for soil tests will help improve test interpretation to inform better fertiliser decisions.

  • Are you a good labour manager? fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Employing and managing staff can be a daunting prospect. Many farmers end up as labour managers by default.However, there are some key practices that can be followed to ensure positive outcomes for all involved.

  • Barley powdery mildew control strategies

    27 Aug 2016

    A combination of resistant varieties, good plant health and effective fungicides is required to prevent economic losses from powdery mildew outbreaks in barley.

  • Mixing requirements for spraying operations

    27 Aug 2016

    Correct mixing order reduces the risk of products interacting in a way that may reduce their efficacy or affect the stability of the tank mix.

  • Grain Storage: Dealing with high-moisture grain

    27 Aug 2016

    Grain at typical harvest temperatures of 25–30°C and moisture content greater than 13–14 per cent provides ideal conditions for mould and insect growth. There are a number of ways to deal with high-moisture grain — the key is to act quickly and effectively.

  • Crop Nutrition Phosphorus Management Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Phosphorus (P) fertiliser represents a substantial input cost in cropping systems. Soil testing provides an understanding of your fertility profile and is a vital step in making informed fertiliser decisions. Addressing low subsoil phosphorus (P) levels by soil testing and deep placement of P can bring yield increases across multiple cropping seasons.

  • Wheat Rust - Northern, Southern and Western Regions

    27 Aug 2016

    Stripe rust, Stem rust and Leaf rust. Tips and Tactics for addressing these fungal diseases.

  • Grain Storage Fact Sheet: Performance testing aeration systems

    27 Aug 2016

    Aerating grain in storage creates cool, uniform moisture conditions throughout the grain bulk. Cool grain temperatures slow or stop insect pest development and maintain grain quality.A simple device called an ‘A-Flow’ has been developed to measure the air-flow rate of an aeration system to check its performance.

  • Farm Labour: Recruiting and inducting new employees

    27 Aug 2016

    Employing people is a great privilege and starting a new job is almost always a significant time for the employee. Selecting, engaging and inducting well will set the scene for a productive, positive and ongoing arrangement between both parties.

  • Is machinery syndication a good fit for your business?

    27 Aug 2016

    Access to machinery for use in your farm business can be secured by either owning, hiring, contracting or syndication. Each approach has its own pros and cons that make it best suited to a particular financial and production situation. What do you need to consider to determine if machinery syndication is right for your farm business?

  • Grain Storage Fact Sheet: Grain Storage Pest Control Guide

    27 Aug 2016

    The tolerance for live pests in grain sold off farm is nil. With growers increasing the amount of grain stored on farm, an integrated approach to pest control is crucial.

  • Managing frost risk - Northern Southern and Western Regions

    27 Aug 2016

    Managing frost risk - Northern, Southern and Western Regions