Regional Update – Paul MacIntosh, Northern Region
Paul provides a great overview of what’s happening in the region and what to look out for over the next few weeks when it comes to controlling weeds.
Narrower sorghum rows can halve weed seed production
WEBINAR We’ve got a timely webinar coming up on Group Gs on Friday, Feb 26. Uni of Adelaide’s Dr Chris Preston & our Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon will be hosting this webinar aimed at growers. If you’ve got any specific questions about this, let us know on Twitter, and make sure to join us on the day where you can ask them live. You can register here. ARTICLES Our latest news piece looks at making seedbank management your priority this year. Another recent article looks at taking resistance into account when planning tank mixes. PODCAST LINKS Soil amelioration article. Sorghum article. _____________________________________________________________ Podcast Producer: Jessica Strauss Podcast Hosts: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman
Regional Update – Nick McKenna, Geraldton, WA
This is our first Regional Update for the Western Region in 2021. Planfarm Agronomist, Nick McKenna joins us to give an overview of how harvest went for his region in and around the Geraldton area. He also provides some tips on how to control weeds given the likelihood of some rain falling due to a tropical low tracking down the WA coast.
Changes to herbicide Mode of Action (MoA) names
The global MoA classification system is based on numerical codes which provides infinite capacity to accommodate new herbicide MoA coming to market, unlike the alphabetical codes currently used in Australia. Farming is becoming increasingly global. Farmers, agronomists and academics around the world are now, more than ever, sharing and accessing information to assist them to grow crops, while managing sustainability issues such as herbicide resistant weeds. It’s important then that the herbicide MoA classification system utilised in Australia be aligned with the global classification system. This will ensure more efficient farming systems into the future and allow Australian farmers and advisors to access the most up-to-date information relating to managing herbicide resistance. CropLife Australia is working with key herbicide resistance management experts, advisors and the APVMA to ensure farmers and agronomists are aware of the planned changes. The numerical classification system should be fully implemented by the end of 2024. You can find further information by reading the factsheet and visiting the CropLife website here.
Upwards of 90% weed seed burial with some soil amelioration approaches
In this episode, we’re focusing on soil amelioration. Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Research Scientist, Dr Stephen Davies joins us to explain what’s involved with soil amelioration and the benefits of this approach. Dr Stephen Davies conducting soil sampling in Mingenew. We also hear from Daridyn Haywards from Lameroo in the South Australian Mallee. He was involved in a project called: “Spading header rows for grassy weed control, improved crop yields and better soil protection”, led by Chris Donohue and has been continuing to adopt the practice of using soil amelioration for both soil improvement and weed control benefits. Three years after Daridyn’s first treatment of header spading. Daridyn’s initial main focus was to build up the organic carbon levels in the soil for improved soil health, water holding capacity & hopefully overcoming the Rhizoctonia issue he faced. The weed seed burial was part of that process as we’ll hear. SA Mallee farmer, Daridyn Haywards in a spaded row of hay crop. Peter Newman has been an advocate for soil amelioration for a number of years and has contributed to this article on the subject here. We also have a great Case Study on Andrew Kenny who uses this approach too. You can read it here. New content Over the Christmas period our content producer Cindy Benjamin was very busy. There’s a range of new articles and videos available to check out. You can learn all about how to weaponise sorghum crops to take out Feather Top Rhodes and Awnless Barnyard Grass here. And we’ve also got a new article on running down the summer grass seedbank in mungbeans. Check it out here.
Regional Update – Chris Toohey, Albury, NSW
Welcome back to the Regional Update! This is our first podcast for the year. We’re kicking things off in the Southern Region, with Elders Agronomist Chris Toohey joining us to give an update on his region. Chris is based in Albury, New South Wales.
Green on green technology ready to hit the market
Welcome to the last WeedSmart podcast of 2020! What a year it’s been. In this episode we take a deep dive into spot spraying. We’re joined by Bilberry CEO, Guillaume Jourdain who provides us with an update on their green on green spot spraying technology. WA Farmer Andrew Messina also was part of trial work Bilberry did on this technology and he joins us to share his experience. As this is the final 2020 podcast, we’d like to thank you – our listeners – for listening over the year. We love bringing you the latest information in the weeds space and look forward to sharing more stories with you in 2021. On the podcast we mentioned that even though things are winding up, we do have some new content filtering through. Our latest Ask an Expert is with our Northern Extension Agronomist, Paul McIntosh. Paul answers the question: What alternatives are there for desiccation and crop topping? Check it out here. Have a lovely break over the festive season! We’ll see you in the new year! ___________________________________________________________________________ Podcast presenters: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman Podcast producer: Jessica Strauss Photos: Fiona Mann
Sustainable glyphosate use in winter grain cropping systems in southern Australia
The number of glyphosate resistant weed species present in winter grain crops, along fencelines and in irrigation channels in Australia. You can reduce the risk of glyphosate resistance in weeds if you follow the recommended practices in this factsheet.
Sustainable glyphosate use in Australian vegetable production
The number of glyphosate resistant weed species present in Australian vegetable production systems is increasing. You can reduce the risk of glyphosate resistance in weeds if you follow the recommended practices in this factsheet.
Sustainable glyphosate use on roadsides, railways, public utilities and parks
The number of glyphosate resistant weed species present on Australian roadsides and railway lines is increasing. You can reduce the risk of glyphosate resistance in weeds if you follow the recommended practices in this factsheet.
Sustainable glyphosate use in Australian orchards and vineyards
The number of glyphosate resistant weed species present in Australian orchards and vineyards is increasing. You can reduce the risk of glyphosate resistance in weeds if you follow the recommended practices in this factsheet.
Sustainable glyphosate use in northern Australian grain and cotton systems
The number of glyphosate resistant weed species present in northern Australian grain and cotton systems is increasing. You can reduce the risk of glyphosate resistance in weeds if you follow the recommended practices in this factsheet.