Listen time: 35.28 minutes

S08E10 Growers explain how they spray strategically and effectively

On this podcast episode, we catch up with two growers to see how seeding is going and we get an insight into their farming systems.


We hear from Collie, NSW, grower, Andrew Freeth, who outlines his spray application strategy. This is also the topic he’ll be presenting at our upcoming WeedSmart Week Dubbo event on August 1.

Tim Cooke from WA also shares insights on his mixed farming operation and how seeding has played out for him and his wife Anthea.

WeedSmart Week Dubbo

We’re heading to Dubbo, NSW, for our 10th WeedSmart Week on August 1-3.  Early bird tickets are on sale now. Secure your ticket here.


Our senior content writer Cindy Benjamin has written some excellent articles this month.

1.     Power of crop rotation to combat herbicide resistance features Glenn Milne who presented at our WeedSmart Week Dalby event back in February. Glenn is a grower and agronomist who has effectively used crop rotation to curb resistance. Glenn’s farming system takes advantage of the variety of crops suited to the Darling Downs region to mix and rotate herbicides, reducing the selection pressure on each mode of action. Read more here.

2.     Expanded options for spot sprayers looks at the increase in the adoption of this technology. Industry sources estimate that around 70 per cent of grain production businesses in Queensland and northern NSW either own or use a contractor with an optical spot sprayer. Until recently, only 2,4-D, paraquat, glufosinate and glyphosate were registered for use through optical spot sprayers. Increasingly widespread use of Optical spot sprayer technology has prompted a flush of new registrations and permits for a wide range of herbicides and use patterns. The new registrations and permit allow the use of many different knock-down and residual modes of action, making it possible to mix and rotate fallow weed control chemicals. Read more here.

Upcoming Webinar: Success stories and challenges – using weed seed impact mills in the High Rainfall Zone

Join us for an interactive discussion on getting the most out of a weed seed impact mill in high rainfall regions.

Each of the mill companies (Seed Terminator, iHSD, Redekop) will give an update on how mills can be best adapted to heavy residue loads and tough harvesting conditions.

Three high rainfall growers will then share their harvest weed seed control journey and provide insights into how they are persevering with a weed seed mill, and seeing results.

This webinar will be facilitated by WeedSmart HRZ extension agronomist, Jana Dixon, and Kondinin Group’s research manager, Ben White.

Register here. 

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