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Regional Update – Catherine Borger and Ben Whisson, WA
Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development research officer Catherine Borger and project participant, Ben Whisson from Consult Ag (pictured above) have some interesting preliminary results to share with us.
DPIRD’s Catherine Borger
Learn more about the project described in the podcast here.
Weed Seed Wizard
Check out the Weed Seed Wizard tool here.
Barley Grass RIM
Barley Grass RIM came about through the GRDC-funded ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble’ initiative that included an objective of promoting pro-active weed management strategies.
Barley grass has become a critical ‘driver’ weed in several grain growing districts under no-till systems and in some areas such as Upper Eyre Peninsula, with barley grass also having a big influence on the cropping system.
Using the RIM approach to testing the best IWM strategies has been valuable for ryegrass management over a long period, so it was an obvious step to provide agronomists, farmers and researchers with a RIM tool for these other major grass weeds.
You can access the Barley Grass RIM tool here. You can learn more about both the Barley and Brome modelling tools here as well.
Benefits of continuous spraying when weeds are small and Terrad’or explainer
Back in February and March of 2020 Tim had some summer rain and decided to look at the weeds not the temperature. If the weeds weren’t moisture stressed he kept spraying all day even when it was hot. He had some great results which we’ll get into in this podcast.
We’ll also be hearing from Nufarm’s André Sabeeney and Mitch Allen about their new product Terrad’or.
Terrad’or is a new Group G herbicide from Nufarm. This product is best partnered with glyphosate as a knockdown spike or mixed with paraquat for double knock application.
Spray Application Manual
The GRDC has published an excellent spraying manual you can access.
This Spray Application GrowNotes™ manual provides information on how various spraying systems and components work, along with those factors that the operator should consider to ensure the sprayer is operating to its full potential.
This manual focuses on issues that will assist in maintaining the accuracy of the sprayer output while improving the efficiency and safety of spraying operations. It contains many useful tips for your spray operations.
The manual includes information on sprayer set-up, including self-propelled sprayers, new tools for determining sprayer outputs, suggestions for assessing spray coverage in the field, improving droplet capture by the target, drift-reducing equipment and techniques, the effects of adjuvant and nozzle type on drift potential, and surface temperature inversion research.
Get the details here.
Our next Regional Update will come out next Monday and is with Research Officer Catherine Borger from the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia.
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Our latest Ask an Expert is “How can I maximise grass weed control using hybrid canola?”
EPAG Research agronomist, Andrew Ware answers the question and says the results of six years of trial work across the southern growing region with GRDC investment has demonstrated how important crop nutrition and time of sowing are for maximising canola vigour and yield.
Read it here.
Also, don’t miss our latest Case Study on Single family, Coonamble NSW. Tony and Sharon Single farm with Tony’s parents John and Mary, south east of Coonamble in northern NSW with views of the Warrumbungle Range.
Across the 4500 ha cropping area at ‘Narratigah’, the weed numbers are low as a result of the Single’s ‘farming moisture’ philosophy, which involves planting whenever there is sufficient subsoil moisture to establish a competitive crop on their heavy clay soils.
Read it here.
Regional Update – Craig Davis, Agronomist, South Australia
With many parts of South Australia experiencing a dry start, independent Agronomist, Craig Davis talks to us about the challenges with controlling weeds and volunteer crops in his patch.
Lupins & other pulses to benefit from new addition of Reflex in weed control tool kit
With so many new products hitting the market and plenty more in the pipeline, it’s beneficial to find out the details about these new products and how they might fit into farming systems.
Syngenta’s Technical Services Lead James Considine (pictured above in a faba bean trial last year, during the Victorian covid restrictions. Left of James is untreated and right is Reflex treated) joins us to give an overview Reflex.
Planfarm Agronomist, Nick McKenna is also our guest. Nick has been speaking with growers who have just received their first allocation of Reflex. He provides some insights on how it’s being received and what it could mean for the future of lupins and other pulses.
Planfarm Agronomist, Nick McKenna, Geraldton, WA.
Our next Regional Update will come out next Monday and is with Craig Davis who is an independent Agronomist based in South Australia. You can ensure you don’t miss it by subscribing to the WeedSmart podcast on your podcast app of choice.
We’ve got great content on the WeedSmart website for you to check out. The question ‘How can I ensure my complex tank mix is compatible and sprays out? Is answered in our latest Ask an Expert with Stephen Pettenon, technical services specialist, FMC. Check it out here.
Also, don’t miss our latest Case Study on Kurt Mayne from Rolleston in Qld. Kurt discusses the decisions around swapping patch cultivation for optical spraying technology in fallow. Check it out here.
We also have another Case Study out this week on the Single family based in Coonamble, NSW. Farming moisture their risk management strategy and it has paid off time and time again for them. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter so you don’t miss it!
New green-on-green autonomous spraying technology overview
We’ve been following the innovative developments in the green-on-green space at WeedSmart quite closely, so we were excited to see Bilberry, SwarmFarm and Goldacres had teamed up to deliver some new autonomous spraying technology.
So, in light of this, we caught up with Goldacres technical guru, David Tuppen who recently commissioned a fully autonomous sprayer with green-on-green weed detection (pictured above) using a SwarmBot robot and Goldacres Prairie Special trailing sprayer.
We also hear from grower Broden Holland, who is based in Thuddungra, near Young in NSW. Broden is a keen precision ag farmer who has just updated to a G6 Crop Cruiser SP. We’re going to find out about his decision-making process behind this upgrade and his approach to spraying and spray drift prevention.
NSW Farmer, Broden Holland.
Ask an Expert with FMC’s Stephen Pettenon on “How can I ensure my complex tank mix is compatible and will spray out”. Read it here.
Regional Update – Brent Pritchard, Agronomist, Albany, WA. Listen here.
GETTING SPRAYING RIGHT
In the podcast we chatted about how using water sensitive paper is a great way to assess your coverage. This is well worth doing!
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Regional Update – Brent Pritchard, Agronomist, Albany, WA
Brent recently featured in our WeedSmart article on managing fence line weeds off the back of research into glyphosate resistant capeweed which Brent had found at a farm near Borden in Western Australian. So, in light of this, we get a regional update from Brent and also discuss some of the strategies for fence line weed management.
WeedSmart fence line management article
AHRI insight on glyphosate resistant capeweed
Innovative northern grower shares wins and Roundup Ready Xtend stewardship
Bruce is primarily a winter crop grower but also has a block of sorghum on 50cm rows (pictured above) sown into a cover crop of barley & lentils.
Farmer Bruce Watson and daughter
We also learn about Bayer’s Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. This is Bayer’s new cotton weed control system. Bayer Marketing Lead for seeds, traits & round-up Donny Benn & Bayer Market Advancement Manager Matt Hayes joins us to tell us more about the stewardship around this approach.
Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System Field Day (Feb 10, 2021) at Locharba, Bayer’s research farm.
Locharba Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System trial (Bayer supplied).
New WeedSmart Content
Mix up your approach to fence line weeds – read more here.
Producer: Jessica Strauss
Presenters: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman
Regional Update – Craig Drum, Tatyoon, Victoria
Welcome to the Regional Update. If this is your first time listening to the podcast, each fortnight we check in with an expert from a different cropping region across the country to get a regional update from them.
Today we headed to the Southern Region and heard from Tatyoon, Victoria grower and agronomist Craig Drum (pictured above in a photo by Clarisa Collis).
Craig is in the high rainfall zone and provides some tips on dealing with the pressures or ryegrass in the region and covers the findings of widespread glyphosate resistance in the region.
Innovative southern growers share their wins in controlling weeds
Our first guest is farmer Damien Schneider (pictured above). Damien farms at Culcairn in southern NSW with his wife Carissa and their four children. Ryegrass pressure is solid in this region given the reliable rainfall and huge seedbanks, but Damien is achieving solid gains with Big 6.
We’re also joined by farmer Paul Jarrett from Maitland, South Australia. Paul has a controlled traffic farming system and uses chaff decks. He shares his journey so far with this system.
Maitland farmer, Paul Jarrett.
On our next podcast we’ll be hearing from innovative growers from both the Northern and Western regions who will share will us their stories and some of the thought processes behind the decisions they’ve made for their farming systems.
Our content producer Cindy Benjamin has updated the Messina family farm Case Study. As you would’ve heard from Andrew Messina on the podcast last year, the Messina’s are forging forward with new technology, including green on green from Bilberry. Check it out here.
Just a reminder that quite a few of our articles now are being read as well. You’ll see a play button on those articles at the top. This is great for if you’re driving, especially with spraying and seeding happening. Here’s a great example of that on a soil degradation article.
Podcast Co-Hosts: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman
Podcast Producer: Jessica Strauss