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

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

We head to the Western Region in this episode and catch up with Today 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.


153: Grazing resistant ryegrass key to weed control success for Scholz family

On this edition of the podcast, we’re focusing on controlling herbicide resistant ryegrass.
We’ll hear from grower Murray Scholz (pictured above), who is based in Culcairn, NSW. Murray and wife Emma are having a real win with grazing to keep ryegrass at bay.
We’ll also be hearing from University of Adelaide’s Dr Peter Boutsalis. Peter will provide an update on clethodim resistance and share some practical tips on how to keep on top of ryegrass.
Dr Peter Boutsalis
GRDC Adjuvant Guide (Peter Boutsalis recommended on the podcast)
New WeedSmart Content
Article: Chaff carts were made for feeding livestock
Ask an Expert: How can I set up my summer crops to help manage weeds?
Video: Rod Birch on how the Big 6 is keeping weeds at bay at Catalina Farms
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152: Regional Update – Daniel Birch, Catalina Farms, Coorow

We’ve had a bit of a break from the Regional Update as we were in Esperance for WeedSmart Week – but we’re back! This week we’re heading to the western region.
We hear from farmer Daniel Birch who is based near Coorow in Western Australia’s mid-west. Daniel recently took part in a resistance survey conducted by Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative Researcher, Dr Roberto Busi. I caught up with Dan at the resistance workshop Roberto held in Dalwallinu a few weeks ago.
Dan explains what prompted him to get involved and how the results influenced his decision making on his farm.


151: Spray camera technology proves popular for Esperance farmers & Epivio C explainer

WeedSmart Week Esperance was a great success, so in this episode we provide a recap on how it went.
We hear from growers on the day and also our machinery day host, Ben White from Kondinin Group.
Ben White, Kondinin (Photo: Melissa Powell, courtesy GRDC)
The growers in the podcast are pictured above and include Brett South, Phil McDonald, Tom Longmire, and Kynan Brooks.
We also hear from Sean Roberts from Syngenta on their new sorghum seed safener Epivio C.
Syngenta’s Sean Roberts
New content

WeedSmart Week Forum Video Recordings
Throwing a wide net over mobile weeds
Chaff carts were made for feeding livestock


150: Regional Update – Paul McIntosh, WeedSmart Northern Extension Agronomist

Our Northern Extension Agronomist, Paul McIntosh joins us for this Regional Update for the north. He gives a good wrap on what to be thinking about in the region. He also gives an overview of the important weed control topics covered in our latest webinar.
This episode is also a bit special, as it’s our 150th episode!
Check out our latest webinar, “What’s next in the North for weed control?” here.
WeedSmart Week
Have you got your tickets for WeedSmart Week in Esperance yet? It’s next week! Get them here.


149: Boundary mapping and soil amelioration changed the game for Esperance farming family

On this edition of the podcast, we’re providing a preview on our WeedSmart Week in Esperance event, which is now only two weeks away!
We hear from Beaumont farmers, Phil Longmire, and son Tom. Tom will be presenting at WeedSmart Week, providing a farmer experience on the forum day.
Phil, Bindy and Tom Longmire run a family farming business based in Beaumont, 110 km ENE of Esperance in a 425-450mm rainfall zone.
Soil amelioration and boundary mapping are just some of the approaches which have really helped them win the war against weeds.
We also  catch up with Andrew Messina. Late last year we caught up with Andrew about the trials for Bilberry’s spot spraying technology which took place on his farm. He is going to give us an update and a preview of what he’s going to share on the Innovation Panel at WeedSmart Week Esperance.
We’ve got a new article on advances made in weed recognition technologies. In this article we look at how blanket spraying of herbicides in low weed density situations could become a thing of the past in Australia as new weed recognition technologies enable site-specific weed control in-crop. Dr Michael Walsh from University of Sydney provides comment. Read it here.
You can also check out our latest webinar recording ‘What’s next in the North for weed control?’
Peter McKenzie, agronomist with Agricultural Consulting & Extension Services, and Angus Dalgliesh, grower and agronomist with Nutrien Ag Solutions, join WeedSmart Northern Extension agronomist Paul McIntosh to discuss some of the weed challenges their clients have been experiencing in the North, and some of the weed management tactics they’ve been using to deal with these challenges.
WeedSmart Week 
We’ve got a great program lined up for Esperance WeedSmart Week. This event really is about farmers talking to farmers, as we’ve heard from our guests today and at the event, we really get to explore that in more detail.
The 3-day program consists of a Forum Day at the Esperance Civic Centre with day 2 and 3 consisting of farm visits in the Esperance region to see how forward-thinking growers are implementing the WeedSmart Big 6 tactics to minimise the impact of herbicide resistance on their businesses.
You can get your tickets here.


148: Regional Update – Greg Warren, Agronomist, Esperance, WA

In this edition of the Regional Update, we’re catching up with Farm and General Agronomist, Greg Warren.
Greg will be presenting at WeedSmart Week next month, so gives us a bit of a snapshot of what he’ll be focusing on. You can find out more and get your tickets here.
We also get an overview of what growers should be thinking about at the moment in terms of weed control in the region.

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