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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.

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Regional Update with Rob Long, Moree, NSW

  Rob provides an overview of the regional conditions and what to look out for this time of year, with a focus on weeds. He says collecting weeds for resistance testing is really critical.
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Herbicide tolerant pulses provide promise for future

Today on the podcast we talk about potential new herbicide tolerant pulse varieties and we also get a summary of how WeedSmart Week in Clare went. Agriculture Victoria’s Dr Garry Rosewarne is our first guest. He joins us to talk about the research he’s been leading in looking at herbicide tolerances in pulses. As many growers are aware, pulses have limited in-crop herbicide options. However, with the development of breeding techniques involving mutagenesis, pulse germplasm has been developed with herbicide tolerances. Our newly appointed WeedSmart Extension Agronomist for South Australia & Victoria, YP AG’s Chris Davey also joins us today as our second guest. He tells us about how WeedSmart Week in Clare faired. As discussed on the podcast, if you’d like to register for our latest webinar on strip and disc systems, you can do so here. _____________________________________________________________ Hosts: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman Podcast producer: Jessica Strauss
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Regional with Dylan Hirsch, Latham, WA

Today we’re catching up with WA farmer, Dylan Hirsch, for the regional update. Dylan is a self-professed farming and science geek and he was a 2018 Nuffield Scholar recipient. Dylan farms in Latham, which is in the mid-west of WA. You can follow him on Twitter here.  
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What the lifting of SA’s GM moratorium means for growers

After a short break, we’re back! Today we’re catching up with Business Development Manager West at Bayer, Hugh Trenorden (pictured above) about the lifting of the GM moratorium in South Australia and what that means for growers. WeedSmart Week in Clare is also next week! You can still get tickets up until midnight tonight. You can find out more about the event and get your tickets here. In light of this, we’re catching up with Herbicide Resistance Weed Specialist at University of Adelaide and Director of Plant Science Consulting, Dr Peter Boutsalis to get a preview on what he’ll be presenting on the forum day. We also talked about our upcoming webinars on the podcast. Our next webinar is this Friday with Dr Roberto Busi. He’ll be presenting with Peter Newman on testing all herbicides used on-farm for herbicide resistance. You can find out more and register here. ___________________________________________ Hosts: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman Producer: Jessica Strauss
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Regional Update – Ben Wundersitz, Central Yorke Peninsula, SA

After a short break, the Regional Update is back! On this episode, we’re catching up with Ben Wundersitz who farms on the Yorke peninsula at Anna Binna. Ben gives us an overview of the seasonal conditions he’s been experiencing in his region as well as a teaser as to what he’ll be sharing in his presentation at WeedSmart Week in Clare next week. Anna Binna is spread across 6,000 hectares, from Port Victoria to Price and employs five full-time staff. Anna Binna is run as a lean operation and Ben has been an early adopter of precision guidance systems which means plant and equipment can be operated 24 hours a day when necessary. Twitter: @AnnaBinnaFarm Tickets to WeedSmart Week are on sale until Wednesday, August 26. Get your tickets here.  
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WeedSmart Week Preview for Clare, SA!

Today on the podcast we have a special preview of WeedSmart Week in Clare. As you might have already seen, WeedSmart Week is going ahead and tickets are now on sale! In this podcast, we’re going to be hearing from YP AG Agronomist, Chris Davey who has helped put the event together and will also be presenting on our Forum Day. We’ll also be hearing from grower Jarred Tilley. Jarred will be hosting a farm visit at his property for WeedSmart Week Clare. Finally, we hear from one of last year’s attendees and farm visit hosts, Sam Eagle.   If you’d like to get your tickets for WeedSmart Week Clare, click here. To check out the WeedSmart Big 6, click here. To follow us on Facebook, click here. To follow us on Twitter, click here. Finally, make sure you’re subscribed to our monthly newsletter, the WeedSmart Whip Around. We post all our latest stories and updates each month here, so you’ll never miss a thing! ___________________________________________________________ Host: Jessica Strauss Producer: Jessica Strauss
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Digging into the details of problem weeds.

We’ll also be focusing on Feathertop Rhodes Grass and how this is proving to be an issue for growers in Northern New South Wales, with sporadic patches popping up. University of Adelaide Professor, Dr Chris Preston and Northern Grower Alliance CEO, Richard Daniel, join us to shed some light on this issue and how to get on top of this weed. Our Southern Extension Agronomist, Greg Condon, joins us as the podcast co-host today. We mentioned quite a few links on this week’s podcast – here they are! We were excited to announce that WeedSmart Week is going ahead in Clare, South Australia. Find out more and get your tickets here. GRDC weeds ute guide With so much talk of problem weeds, we thought it was a good opportunity to encourage you to get your hands on the updated GRDC weeds ute guide. Find out more here. Roadside Feathertop Rhodes grass (Chris Preston) Finally, make sure you’re subscribed to the WeedSmart Whip Around newsletter, especially as we now have a new publication coming out every second month called the WeedSmart Review. This new publication features an easy to follow explainer on the weeds research happening from weed research institutes around the country. You can check out the first one here.                     Hosts: Jessica Strauss & Greg Condon Producer: Jessica Strauss
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Epic focus paddock results & using S-Metolachlor effectively

Today on the podcast we’re going to be learning about how to use S-Metolachlor effectively and within the guidelines. Area Sales Manager from Syngenta Crop Protection for the Northern Commercial Unit, Tim Fraser joins us to tell us about this. Syngenta’s Tim Fraser We also will be hearing from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development grain researcher, Martin Harries (pictured at the top), about a six-year focus paddock survey he has led. The survey work Martin did collected data from 184 paddocks spanning 14 million hectares of cropping land in Western Australia. It was all made possible with DPIRD and GRDC investment and the collaboration of 13 farming groups; including the Facey, Liebe, Mingenew-Irwin groups and WANTFA. Links promised in the podcast Listen to the Regional Update here. Subscribe to the WeedSmart Whip Around here. The WeedSmart Big 6 AHRI insight on Martin Harries’ work. ______________________________________ Podcast Producer: Jessica Strauss Podcast Hosts: Jessica Strauss, Peter Newman
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Spray application advice & precautions for 2,4-D use

Today on the podcast we get into the details on getting spray application right with expert, Bill Campbell (pictured above). We also get an insight into the MCPA LVE shortage and what considerations you need to make for alternative weed control solutions with Nufarm National Technical Lead, André Sabeeney. A handy guide on how to utilise water sensitive paper for spray coverage. Bill is based in Geraldton and is a spray application specialist. He provides some tips and how to get spray application right. As you’re probably aware, access to MCPA is in short supply, so there is a current warning to grain growers to be mindful that there could be damage caused to young cereal crops if 2,4-D is used as a direct replacement for MCPA LVEs. Nufarm National Technical Lead, André Sabeeney gets into the details of this. Nufarm National Technical Lead, André Sabeeney We also hosted a really great webinar last Friday – New chemistry – What’s new, what’s coming & how to keep them for longer with Greg Condon. If you missed watching it live – the recording is now available on our website. Podcast Hosts: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman Podcast Producer: Jessica Strauss

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