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Listen to the WeedSmart podcasts with your expert co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman.

Listen to the WeedSmart podcasts with your expert co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman.


162: Regional Update – Bernie Quade, Agronomist, Wyalkatchem, WA

Bernie talks to us about how frost has affected his region and provides some tips on Summer weed control.
This is our last Western Region Update for the year! Thanks to Bernie for coming on and having a chat with us!  Give Bernie a follow on Twitter here.


161: Getting residual herbicides right after harvest

We hear from ICAN’s Mark Congreve on this (pictured above).
Northern Grower Alliance CEO Richard Daniel also joins us to talk about summer weed control how using an optical spray can maximise your use of residual herbicides.
We also hear from Frankland based Agronomist, Tim Trezise, who had a query on the challenges around crop topping weeds at the dough stage and whether you still get good control by using higher rates of paraquat or glyphosate. Pete answers this question in the podcast!

Podcast: Why crop topping is a great tool to prevent weed seed set
Podcast: Richard Daniel explains results from Northern Grower Alliance survey on optical spraying
GRDC: Consider Consider plant back implications after herbicide use
Webinar: Register for our webinar “Metolachlor usage in the northern region” 


160: Regional Update – Jana Dixon, WeedSmart HRZ Extension Agronomist, Clare, SA

This is our last Southern Regional Update for the year! Our WeedSmart High Rainfall Zone Agronomist, Jana Dixon, joins us to provide a regional update on Clare, South Australia and surrounds.

We also chat about what growers need to think about when it comes to planning around potential chemical shortages.


159: Controlling late season weeds and driving down the weed seedbank

After a good couple of years in much of the Southern Region for rainfall, there is late season weeds coming through the crop.
In this episode, we hear from our Southern Region Agronomist, Greg Condon, who provides a great overview of the tools available to growers.
Elders Agronomist, Jason McClure talks to us about his experience with his clients in Naracoorte and surrounds in South Australia with windrowing to control ryegrass.
Elders Agronomist Jason McClure
Farm Manager of Viridis Ag in Junee, Andrew Wilson, NSW, also joins us to share his experience with adopting tools like soil amelioration, diverse crop rotations and chaff decks to get on top of ryegrass.

We’ve updated Harvest Weed Seed Control 101! Our Communications Officer Jessica Scholle worked hard on this, with yourself and Dr Michael Walsh from University of Sydney. Register to do the freshly updated and free course here.
Our webinar recording on intercropping is now available for you to watch online. Our Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon hosts, with guest presenter Dr Andrew Fletcher, who is a farming systems scientist at CSIRO. In this webinar, the principles of mixing different crops together and how this can potentially provide weed management options for growers is outlined. Watch it here.
We also have a new WeedSmart Shorts video out with our Southern Extension Agronomist Chris Davey and Uni of Adelaide’s Dr Chris Preston on what the herbicide resistant hot spots are in the most recent ryegrass survey. Watch it here.


158: Regional Update – Peter McKenzie, Agronomist, Quirindi, NSW

Peter talks to us in this episode about how with there likely to be some difficulties in acquiring agricultural chemicals, it’s important to check in with what you need for your program down the track so you don’t get caught out.
He’s also got some great advice on summer weed control solutions for his region and gives a general overview of where people are at in and around his region in Quirindi, NSW.
Related content
Peter recently featured in one of our webinars on “What’s next for the north in weed control?” If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.


157: How giving the soil a light tickle can help with uniform weed control

Kelly Tillage has just come on board as a Silver Partner of WeedSmart, so we’re really excited to introduce them to you in this podcast.
We’re also going to have a chat with Tom Woods from Woods Group based in Goondiwindi about seed cleaning and what growers need to look out for across the entire chain to ensure the best quality seed is planted at seeding time.
News & Links

Dr Mechelle Owens research on seed cleaning: what works best? 
Webinar:  Can intercropping help with weed management?
Our Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon is hosting with guest presenter Dr Andrew Fletcher, who is a farming systems scientist at CSIRO. Andrew is passionate about the emerging role of diverse cropping systems. In this webinar, we’ll outline the principles of mixing different crops together and how this can potentially provide weed management options for growers.  Register here.
Ask an Expert: What can I do at harvest to reduce my future weed burden?
Western Extension  Agronomist Peter Newman fills us in on what people can do at harvest to reduce their future weed burden.


156: Regional Update – Alex Davies, Farmer, York, WA

We head to the Western Region in this episode and catch up with WA farmer, Alex Davies. Alex is based in York and has a continuous cropping farming system and also runs sheep.
Alex also shares with us his experience about how the last three seasons have gone with having a Harrington Seed Destructor and the positive impact it has had on helping in reducing weed burdens on his farm.
You can follow Alex on Twitter here.


155: Why crop topping is a great tool to prevent weed seed set

It’s hard to believe that harvest is just around the corner! In light of this fast approaching reality, we wanted to talk about crop topping and spray topping.
Each of our WeedSmart Extension Agronomists provide a rundown on what to look out for in their cropping regions in regards to crop topping, swathing and desiccation.
WeedSmart Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon guest co-hosts for this podcast.

Paul McIntosh, Northern Region: crop topping or swathing/windrowing winter pulses, e.g. faba beans – jump to listen at 18:00
Jana Dixon, High Rainfall Zone:  crop topping barley and spray topping pastures – jump to listen at 30:00
Chris Davey – desiccation and crop topping pulses – jump to listen at 41:30
Greg Condon – crop topping canola – jump to listen at 55:00

Dr Chris Preston, University of Adelaide, also joins us to explain the mode of action classification system changes from a letters system to numbers system and what it’ll mean for growers.
Dr Chris Preston explains the changes to MoA classification for herbicides in Australia from letters to numbers.
Helpful links

GRDC Pre-Harvest Herbicide Use Fact Sheet
Global Herbicide Classification Look-Up
Recent WeedSmart Content

News Article: Chaff carts were made for feeding livestock
Ask an Expert Article: How can I set up my summer crops to help manage weeds?  Our expert is Belinda Chase, who is an Agronomist with Dalby Rural Supplies
Webinar recording: Mixed farming – does it really help control resistant weeds? Greg Condon hosts and Agronomist Craig Drum is our guest presenter.

I promised a holiday picture of sea lions, and I’m going to deliver. Here’s a playful sea lion who hung out with me when I was snorkelling in Jurien Bay.
Sweet sea lion in Jurien Bay (Jessica Strauss).


154: Regional Update – Angus Dalgliesh, Agronomist, Dalby, Qld

Angus Dalgliesh, grower and agronomist with Nutrien Ag Solutions, joins us on the Regional Update today.
Angus recently presented on our webinar What’s next in the North for weed control?
Today he provides an update on what to be looking out for with weeds at the moment and into the near future.

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