Take home messages from after drought think tank

  • Don't regard the drought year of 2002 as a break year for crop diseases.
  • Be wary of sowing a paddock in 2003 with the same crop as in 2002.
  • Seek specific expert advice on any risks to your 2003 crops from residual herbicides carrying over from last year and the extent of any carryover of fertiliser in paddocks where crops failed in 2002.
  • Consider soil analyses to measure pre-sowing disease and nutrient levels.
  • Be even more determined than usual to establish vigorous crops in weed-free paddocks. These are the key pointers that emerged during a 'Recovery after the Drought' workshop convened by the GRDC earlier this year to provide fanners and their advisers with information on how best to maximise cropping productivity and profits following the devastating 2002 drought.

This information has been collated and is available in a package with considerably more detail through State Departments of Agriculture and Primary Industries and agribusiness outlets across southern Australia.

The information is also available on GrainZone — www.grdc.com.au — at www.grdc.com.au/ bookshop/free.htm

State Departments of Agriculture — drought information

NSW Agriculture — http://www.agric.nsw.gov.au/ reader/883

Agriculture WA, Dry Season 2002: Information for Landholders, including Dry Season Hotline http:// www.agric.wa.gov.au/adverse_season/advice.htm

Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA — Drought 2002 http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/dhtml/ss/ section.php?sectID=1450&tempID= 11

Department of Primary Industries QLD — Drought Web http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/drought/

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestries — Australia http://www.affa.gov.au/content/output.cfm?ObjectID=DOC19333-3B03-4933-91B AE3D3975BE27C&contType=outputs