Factsheets

  • Rhizoctonia

    27 Aug 2016

    Tips and Tactics for managing Rhizoctonia Root rot. Root rot is caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG8, a fungus that grows on crop residues and soil organic matter. Management of Rhizoctonia requires an integrated approach to reduce inoculum and control infection and impact on yield.

  • Spray equipment

    27 Aug 2016

    Weather monitoring equipment for agricultural spraying operations

  • Time Of Sowing

    27 Aug 2016

    The optimal sowing time for wheat is a compromise. Sowing too early increases the risk of frost damage and haying-off, while sowing too late increases the chance of grain filling during increasingly hot and dry conditions. Adequate reserves of soil moisture must also be available. By understanding the factors that influence time of flowering, better decisions on what to sow and when can be made.

  • Farm Financial Tool: Balance Sheet Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    How secure is your farm business? Many farmers ask why they need a business balance sheet, as they are not selling any land. The reality is that the balance sheet is the only record that indicates the growth in wealth of the business over time, and hence indicates a farming business’s performance and ability to manage risk.

  • Flaxleaf fleabane

    27 Aug 2016

    Flaxleaf fleabane is a major weed of the northern cropping region and an emerging problem in the south and west. It is difficult to kill, particularly when mature. However, if a range of control tactics and vigilant monitoring is used, successful control is possible.

  • Snail Management

    27 Aug 2016

    All-year-round attack on snails required.A run of wet winters and moist summers have resulted in snail numbers increasing in many regions. While snails cause problems at crop emergence and harvest, integrated management needs to occur across the seasons.

  • Put a Policy Around Machinery Purchases

    27 Aug 2016

    Machinery in cropping enterprises can be up to 30 per cent of a business’s total asset value, land being the other main asset. Better machinery replacement decisions can be made through careful planning and can increase profitability and ensure capital is available for other investments such as land purchases or off-farm investment. Having a written replacement policy reduces the emotions involved and helps determine appropriate machinery purchases.

  • Strategic tillage

    27 Aug 2016

    No-till has brought benefits in moisture retention and soil structure, but has also contributed to increased incidence of soil and stubble-borne diseases, herbicide resistant hard-to-kill weeds and stratification of immobile nutrients near the soil surface. Growers are asking the question: How much damage is done to soil by occasional tillage, strategically applied, in an otherwise no-till system?

  • Cost of Production

    27 Aug 2016

    What is your business cost of grain, wool and meat production?As most Australian farmers are ‘price takers’ rather than ‘price makers’, it is important to know the business cost of production for your various commodities. Knowing this cost will inform your marketing decisions and ensure that you are selling at a profit.

  • Stem Rust of Wheat

    27 Aug 2016

    Resistant wheat varieties have reduced the incidence of stem rust outbreaks but ongoing vigilance is needed to prevent the pathogen mutating to overcome this resistance.

  • Rhizobial Inoculants

    27 Aug 2016

    Harvesting the benefits of inoculating legumes

  • Farm Business Costs

    27 Aug 2016

    Do you know where your money is going? Can you justify it?

  • Production Economics

    27 Aug 2016

    Are you maximising your profits?Getting the most profitable results from your farm business requires a careful balance of input costs to produce the optimum yield.

  • Marketing versus selling

    27 Aug 2016

    How can you improve your grain marketing skills?One of the most important drivers of farm business profit is the price for commodities achieved each season. Farmers need a number of skills to achieve good prices, but are these skills in grain marketing or grain selling?

  • 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.