Grazing and baling chaff dumps and Mateno Complete overview
Today on the podcast we chat with WA farmer Clayton South about his experience with grazing chaff dumps. We also hear from Bayer’s Australian Field Leader of Integrated Weed Management, Craig White about their new herbicide product “Mateno Complete” and how to use it effectively and sustainably in your farming system. As mentioned on the podcast, our latest Ask an Expert on soil degradation can be found here. ___________________________________________________________ Podcast presenters: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman Podcast producer: Jessica Strauss
Regional Update – Ben Webb, Kojonup, WA
WA farmer Ben Webb joins us on the Regional Update to give us an update on how his year is panning out. He gives some insights into how he’s gone using chaff carts and talks about a few other novel approaches he uses on his farm. If you’d like to find out more about Ben’s farming system, you can check out the case study on him we did here.
How to make the right decision on using Group Gs in the Northern cropping system
Group Gs have a place in northern cropping systems both in summer and winter crop scenarios. We ask Andrew Somervaille to explain Group G use in both systems and the most optimum use of different Group G products given the range of seasonal conditions in the northern cropping region.
Voraxor crash course and why you might consider a double paraquat knockdown
On this week’s podcast we take a look at a different approach to double knocks. WA-based Farmanco agronomist, Mark Lawrence (pictured) shares with us the benefits of double paraquat and other strategies his clients in the medium to high rainfall zone in WA’s south west region are using. We also find out more about BASF’s new Group G herbicide, Voraxor. BASF Technical Development Manager Ian Francis joins us to tell us more about their new Group G pre-emergent broadleaf weed herbicide and how it can fit into farming systems. BASF Technical Development Manager Ian Francis ____________________________________________________________ Podcast presenters: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman Podcast producer: Jessica Strauss
Regional Update – Matt Bissett, Swan Hill, Vic
On this episode of the Regional Update, we catch up with Agrivision Agronomy Consultant Matt Bissett. He’s based in Swan Hill in the Victorian Mallee. He gives us a regional update on the Central and Southern Mallee and Northern Wimmera.
How do I make the right decision on using Group Gs?
Choosing and applying the right pre-emergent herbicide can be difficult, particularly if herbicide resistance is becoming a challenge in a no-till system. Join Dr Chris Preston, University of Adelaide (UA) professor weed management and WeedSmart’s Chris Davey as they explain the new Group G chemistry and de-mystifies which Group G works best for winter cropping systems.
Regional Update – Belinda Chase, Dalby
Fleabane and Feathertop Rhodes grass has been particularly problematic for her region, so she provides some tips on how to get on top of these species.
US weed control group GROW joins forces with WeedSmart and our pre-harvest guide
Our South Australian-based Southern Extension Agronomist, Chris Davey joins us to give us the rundown on what growers need to be thinking about before harvest kicks off. We also catch up with GROW advocate, Virginia Tech Associate Professor and Extension Weed Science Specialist, Michael Flessner about the new partnership between WeedSmart and GROW. GROW stands for Getting Rid of Weeds and is a publicly led network coordinating research and outreach, providing science-based information and decision support tools to make agriculture more sustainable and precise.
Regional Update – Andrew Storrie, WA, on controlling caltrop
Growers in the Esperance port zone recently raised the issue of caltrop weed in their region at a recent grower network member meeting. So, today on the Regional Update, agronomist Andrew Storrie, who is also known as “Agronomo” will talk to us about how to best control this weed.
What matters more? Crop sequence or seeder?
Why were the batsmen tampering with the ball, shouldn’t that be the bowler’s job? These are all questions that were being asked by a local project committee of growers and advisers, and there was only one way to answer them. Enter Tony Swan from CSIRO. He and his team embarked on a massive, long-term research effort in Temora NSW, working with FarmLink Research to make it happen. The trial ran from 2014 to 2017 and the preliminary results are in. And the winner is… DIVERSITY. (Insert a fist pump from Professor Steve Powles here!) Diverse crop rotations, including a double break, premium herbicides, with some extra crop competition courtesy of barley thrown in, and we have a winner. This diverse crop rotation smashed ryegrass numbers down from 1864 plants/m2 to 145 plants/m2 in just three years, and it was also the most profitable rotation. Article courtesy AHRI. Link the full article can be found here
Double breaks – a double shot at annual ryegrass
Perhaps you’re a ‘short black’ wheat-canola type, strong on inputs? Or a ‘long black’ type who likes to dilute their rotations a bit more? Or are you a ‘double shot’, throwing in a few break crops in a row for maximum effect? When it comes to managing annual ryegrass populations, Tony Swan and the research team from CSIRO Plant Industry and FarmLink, have shown that ‘double shots’ are the key. Growing two break crops in sequence (broadleaf crop, hay crop or long fallow) was more effective in reducing resistant ryegrass numbers to manageable levels than a single break crop or continuous wheat over a three-year rotation. And it can still be profitable.
RIM: Ryegrass Integrated Management
RIM is a hands on, user-friendly decision support software that allows farmers and advisors to evaluate the long-term cropping profitability of strategic and tactical ryegrass control methods, on the long-term and at the paddock scale. RIM lets you test your ideas: How can you run your ryegrass down and profit up? New rotation? New technique? View the full video here