Factsheets

  • Crown Rot in Cereals Fact Sheet - Southern & Western Regions

    27 Aug 2016

    Understanding the disease underpins effective management Assess crown rot risk in paddocks by checking crops for browning of the stem base or by taking soil and stubble samples for analysis. Don’t rely on whiteheads as an indicator.

  • Grain Storage Fact Sheet: Stored Grain Pests Identification

    27 Aug 2016

    In a deregulated grain market, on-farm storage is now more popular then ever before. But finding insects crawling up the sides of your grain hopper while loading a truck is frustrating and costly to manage. Regular monitoring and correct pest identification are the first steps to ensure delivery of insect-free grain to market.

  • Farm business management – Taking care of your personal health

    27 Aug 2016

    Farming can be physically demanding, however with the increased use of machinery and technology it is no longer the active occupation it once was. Looking after your health is important for you, your family and your business. Can you afford to risk time off because of a serious illness or injury?

  • Farm business management: farmer health – building emotional resilience

    27 Aug 2016

    Emotional resilience is the willingness and capacity to accept that there will be good and bad times ahead, and to understand your reactions to these experiences and have strategies to manage them.

  • Grain Storage Fact Sheet: Hygiene and structural treatments for grain storages

    27 Aug 2016

    When it comes to controlling pests in stored grain — prevention is better than cure. Grain residues in storages or older grain stocks held over from last season provide ideal breeding sites. Meticulous grain hygiene combined with structural treatments, such as diatomaceous earth (DE), can play a key role in reducing the number of stored grain pests.

  • Nitrogen fixation and N benefits of chickpeas and faba beans in northern farming systems

    27 Aug 2016

    Northern grain growers sowed about 450,000 hectares of chickpeas and 30,000 hectares of faba beans in 2012, resulting in the fixation of about 35,000 tonnes of nitrogen (N) worth $55 million in fertiliser N equivalence.

  • Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    29 Sep 2016

    Improved Grain Yields From Best Practice Cropping Can Benefit Soil Carbon and Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

  • Cereal fungicides (All regions)

    21 Aug 2016

    Understanding foliar fungal diseases of cereals and how to manage them is in the interests of both the individual and the grains industry as a whole.

  • Business structures explained

    14 Nov 2016

    Factors such as taxes, creditors, expansion, retirement and a desire to leave a generational legacy means most farming families adopt a relatively complex business structure over time. There are several considerations to decide what business structure is most appropriate to your farming business.

  • Cost effective investment in machinery

    14 Nov 2016

    Substantial gains in farm productivity and efficiency in recent years can be linked to improvements in machinery capacity and technology

  • Business structure: things you should know and ask your adviser

    14 Nov 2016

    Farming families rarely change or adopt new business structures without receiving advice from their accountant, farm adviser or lawyer. While the provision of advice on matters within their areas of expertise is the role of advisers, there is an obligation on those receiving the advice to carefully consider the advice received and use the information received to make decisions.

  • Employing seasonal labour for Western Australia's grain industry

    14 Nov 2016

    As primary production in Western Australia has evolved and technology has progressed, the need for full-time equivalent (FTE) staff has continued to decline, and that smaller pool of workers is needed to do increasingly sophisticated tasks.

  • Farm business models – why consider a change

    11 Mar 2017

    Alternative farm business models can enhance profitability, provide more effective risk management and assist with business succession.

  • Diamondback moth

    21 Aug 2016

    Crop monitoring from July onwards is key to making effective decisions for controlling diamondback moth.

  • Sunflower Disease

    21 Aug 2016

    Phomopsis Stem Canker in sunflower This emerging disease issue is being caused by several previously unrecorded species of Phomopsis that are highly virulent on sunflower.

  • Biochar Factsheet

    21 Aug 2016

    In some soil types biochar has the potential to enhance soil fertility, increase soil carbon storage and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. However, before biochar can be widely adopted in agriculture, better understanding is needed of its properties and how it interacts – both positively and negatively – with the soil.

  • Stubble Management

    21 Aug 2016

    Conservation farming combines minimum or no tillage, full stubble retention and diverse crop rotations. This has resulted in some challenges at seeding and for crop performance, especially when the stubble load is greater than four tonnes per hectare of dry matter. There are a number of techniques, other than burning, which can be employed to deal with heavy stubble loads. There are many examples of successful full stubble retention systems that achieve excellent crop establishment and weed control. Decisions about...

  • Mouse Management

    21 Aug 2016

    Mouse numbers can build rapidly in the right conditions, leading to crop damage throughout the growing season. Monitoring and early detection of an increasing mouse population is essential if effective control is to be implemented.

  • Soybean Leaf Rust

    21 Aug 2016

    Managing soybean leaf rust Leaf rust can spread rapidly in cool wet conditions devastating soybean crops. Regular monitoring and early identification are important.

  • Canopy Management

    21 Aug 2016

    Cereal canopy management more than delayed nitrogen Understanding and applying the principles of canopy management, allows decisions on the most profitable use of inputs and the most appropriate target yield to be made.