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  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Legumes lift dry management

    Legumes are changing the face of the cropping landscape in low-rainfall farming systems across north-west Victoria. In the state’s Mallee region many bare, long-fallow paddocks have given way to a leafy mix of legume crops, such as vetch or field

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Legume inoculation snapshot

    A new snapshot of legume inoculation use has emerged from a 2017 national survey of 154 growers who collectively farm more than 400,000 hectares across the country.

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Thirty-six years on, RD&E redefines drought

    Thirty-six years on, RD&E redefines drought

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Bending with seasons

    Facing seasonal and climatic variability with resilience and adaptability, one Mallee farming couple ‘bend’ their approach to crop management based on increasingly sophisticated seasonal forecasting and soil moisture data in north-west Victoria.

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Summer planting scenarios

    Across the northern region, summer-cropping paddocks may be left to fallow if subsoil moisture calculations do not add up

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    SA to review GM ban

    The South Australian Government announced in September that it would undertake an independent review of the state’s GM moratorium in coming months.

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Focus on chickpea root rot

    Chickpea breeders are calling on new tools to build resistance to costly chickpea root-rot disease

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Multiple tactics to use every drop

    Careful attention to moisture management softened the impact of 2018’s dry seasonal conditions on the crops Evan Lord manages near Mirrool, Ariah Park and Merriwagga in southern NSW.

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Research explores waterlogging tolerance links

    The links between waterlogging tolerance and phytophthora root rot (PRR) are being investigated via GRDC-invested research as a means of improving PRR resistance in chickpeas.

  • From GroundCover issue #138

    Be on the alert for greenbug

    With a large sorghum crop expected to be planted in the northern region it is timely to consider exotic pests that could threaten our crops if they arrived on our shores.