GroundCover™ 137 November - December 2018
Chickpea trial beaten by the dry
Farm manager John Stevenson planted kabuli chickpeas for the first time this year in a bid to investigate the pulse’s...
Consistency key to capturing gene-editing opportunities
The rapid development of gene-editing technologies is providing plant breeders and researchers with important tools that complement existing plant breeding...
Turning up the heat on summer weeds
GRDC is committed to invest in research, development and extension to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers, part of...
Extra care needed to minimise spray drift in summer
10 tips to reduce spray drift...
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Summer crop research boost
A multi-agency investment of $1.3 million has been made into new, regionally specific mungbean and sorghum research aimed at improving growers’ productivity.
Canola guide for growers
A new canola publication guides growers in their agronomy decisions for next season
Rhizobial inoculant options
Best-practice options for rhizobial inoculation can help southern growers lift the supply of fixed soil nitrogen that underpins high-value pulse cropping. Pulses are estimated to fix about 100 kilograms of nitrogen per hectare, worth about $220
New crop disease detected
Researchers are closely monitoring cereal crops in Victoria’s Wimmera after the detection of a new virus species in June. The disease, Barley virus G, was first identified in South Korea in 2015. Closely associated with established yellow dwarf
Tramlines trap weed seeds
Darling Downs grower Peter Bach runs a well-stocked weed control toolbox, with strategies for both ends of the season. He has equipped his Claas Lexion 760 header with a Shelbourne stripper front and an EMAR chaff deck for a two-pronged attack on
Widening the species gene base
Professor Surinder Banga of Punjab Agricultural University in India, who is described by colleagues as one of the greatest living canola breeders, spoke at the AusCanola 2018 conference about his work in transferring genes with important agronomic
New crop breeding centre to bolster grains research
Growers will soon have access to improved crop varieties including wheat, lupins, barley and canola following the opening of a state-of-the-art breeding centre at Roseworthy in South Australia.
Chaff lining a grazing match
After six years of narrow windrow burning, WA grower Andrew Kenny went looking for a harvest weed seed control (HWSC) option that better suited his mixed farming enterprise. He has made a seamless transition to chaff lining for more flexibility in
New pulse variety releases
Five new pulse variety releases – three faba beans, a chickpea and a lentil – address previous disease resistance and yield limitations.
Industry gains from grains
Bread has traditionally provided a range of nutrients as part of the Australian diet. But in the past decade, its carbohydrate and grain content has become the target of negative press.