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Spraying out a failed crop
It’s been a tough season in many parts of the country for farmers. In particular, the northern wheatbelt in Western Australia hasn’t received decent rain, leading to some farmers considering whether it’s worth keeping the crop or if they should spray it out. In this podcast, hosted by Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman, you’ll hear from Planfarm agronomist Richard Quinlan. He gives an overview of the season so far and provides timely information on spraying out failed crops. You’ll also hear from northern wheatbelt farmer Glen Thomas. He’s had to spray out failed crops in the past. He talks about how he had to spray out a failed crop in 2006, including the decision making process and whether it was, in fact, the right decision. The above picture is from Glen’s 2016 wheat crop, and as you can see, it’s very clean. He talks about the benefits of his decision in regards to reduced weed numbers today too. Take a listen. Music: bensound.com
SwarmFarm Robotics and resistance testing
What will the future of agriculture look like? One of the founders of SwarmFarm Robotics joins us on the podcast to discuss the robots they’re releasing into the agricultural community and what applications they currently have and may have in the future. We also chat about the Quick Test for testing herbicide resistant weeds and check in with Peter Boutsalis from Plant Science Consulting about what he’s finding out about resistance out on farms. WA farmer Ben Webb also gives a seasonal overview and gives some insights into how doing the Quick Test helped him make the decision to incorporate a chaff cart into his farming system. Music: bensound.com
Wagga WeedSmart Week; chaff lining + carts + cotton update
In this choc-a-block podcast, hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman investigate chaff lining and chaff carts, get an overview of WeedSmart Week and a seasonal overview of cotton. Mick McClellend farms in the Mallee in Victoria and has been using chaff lining in his farming system for the last three years. He gives an overview of the successes he has had using it. Tom Lewis from Tecfarm manufactures chaff carts. He chats about the benefits of using one for weed control. Chaff carts can be used in mixed and broadacre farming systems. WeedSmart Week is not far away, with the forum kicking off on August 21, and the farm visits following on August 22 and 23. Greg Condon talks about who will be presenting and what farmers and advisors can expect from the day. For more information about WeedSmart Week in Wagga and to register, click here. The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) has recently jumped on board as a sponsor of WeedSmart. We welcome them aboard and get a seasonal update and find out what they’re doing weed management-wise from CottonInfo’s Regional Extension Officer Annabel Twine and Tech Specialist Eric Koetz. Music: bensound.com
Dry season special
Hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman provide a national seasonal update in this podcast. With dry conditions affecting many parts of Australia, we check in with agronomists Richard May from the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, Andrew Somervaille from the Northern Region and Pete gives some insights into how to manage weeds which are moisture stressed and gives an overview of the season in WA. Photo credit: North Tammin June 2017, by @ZimStead Chaff lining could be a cost effective tool to manage weeds in these dry conditions. We’ve put together a video and information on chaff lining here.
Mic Fels talks weed management and Richard Daniel gives a seasonal update
In this week’s podcast, we hear from Esperance farmer Mic Fels who discusses the cost-effective weed management practices he is using on both his Esperance farm and Three Springs property. We also hear from Northern Grower Alliance CEO Richard Daniel. He talks about the issues with glyphosate resistance in the northern region and how to manage them, as well as gives a seasonal update of his patch. Music: bensound.com
Post-emergent spraying and Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge Conference udpate!
Post-emergent spraying and the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge conference feature in this week’s podcast! Most of the AHRI and WeedSmart team were over in Denver, Colorado for the GHRC conference, including Ray Harrington and Mike Ashworth, pictured above in the snow. Nearly everyone is back in Australia now, including Peter Newman, who is back hosting with Jessica Strauss in this edition. Pete gives an overview of the conference. Pete also caught up with Aaron Hager from the University of Illinois. We’ve previously written about Aaron’s work with Pat Tranel in the AHRI insight blog. Jess also chats with Adama Market Development Manager Bevan Addison about applying post-emergent herbicides and some of the implications when there are patchy rain conditions. Music: bensound.com
Disc seeder and stripper front systems
One system which some might consider a bit more obscure is that of a disc seeder and stripper front combination. While it’s not a new concept, it’s not used as much in Australia, as it is in other parts of the world. That could potentially change though, with those who are using it finding they’re having a win with weed management, soil moisture and reduced soil erosion. While Pete Newman is trying to keep his RV on the road in America on holiday, AHRI extension officer and Grassroots Agronomy owner Greg Condon fills in. He talks to co-host Jessica Strauss about the down and upsides of the system, as well as giving a seasonal update. Tom Robinson from Hoyleton in South Australia uses this system and had a chat with Jessica about why he and his father Ashley adopted it on their farm. He also gives an insight into the pros and cons. Why not take a listen?
Why consider spray contracting?
Sometimes outsourcing some of the big jobs on the farm, like using spray contracting for weed control, can be of real benefit. Whether it’s because you don’t have your own spray rig, or you simply want to rake back some hours to do other things, using a spray contractor to deal with weeds is worth considering. In this podcast, Jessica Strauss chats with spray contractor Andrew Irving out on his property in Tammin in Western Australia. Co-host Peter Newman discusses the benefits of using a spray contractor and also gives some timely tips on how to do effective double knocks for weed control. He also talks about setting up your boomspray for spraying. Remember, you can subscribe to the WeedSmart Podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud. Pick your poison!
Herbicides and stubble – some wash off, some don’t
If Yaseen Khalil’s recent research is anything to go by, trifluralin would make a wonderful dye and it’s just about as hard to wash off stubble as it is clothes. Yaseen is completing his PhD at UWA under Ken Flower and has done some fantastic research to help understand which herbicides wash off wheat stubble with rainfall and which are more tightly bound. Our hosts Peter Newman and Jessica Strauss chat with both Yaseen and Ken to find out more about this research. Yaseen compared Sakura, Trifluralin andherbicides by spraying them onto wheat residue, then trying a whole range of techniques to wash the herbicides off the residue with simulated rainfall. He found: Sakura washes off easily, Arcade less so and trifluralin less so again 5mm of rainfall was enough to wash all Sakura off residue and into the soil Herbicides sprayed onto wet stubble are more tightly bound than dry stubble Rainfall intensity had little effect While this is good news for Sakura, this research also showed that rainfall, in general, does wash a range of the herbicides from stubble, just some more than others. Take a listen for the full story! Don’t forget, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, so you never miss an episode. Click here to subscribe! Music: bensound.com