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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 – 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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What role Group G herbicides are playing in farming systems

Today on the podcast we’re focusing on the use of pre-emergent herbicides and knockdowns, with a special focus on group Gs. Associate Professor Dr Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide joins us to talk about how Group G herbicides fit into farming systems and what role they are playing as an increasingly popular tool to control weeds. Dr Chris Preston, University of Adelaide. We’ll also be catching up with Delta Ag Director and Farm Consultant, Tim Condon. Tim provides an overview of where the season is at, with a focus on the Southern region, including knockdowns and pre-emergent herbicides. We’ll also touch on controlling weeds along fencelines. Delta Ag Director, Tim Condon. If you’d like to check out our latest webinar “Know thy enemy – biology of our most problematic crop weeds with Dr Catherine Borger”, click here. In this podcast, we advertise our webinar “New chemistry – What’s new, what’s coming & how to keep them for longer with Greg Condon”. You can now watch the recording of this webinar here. And finally – our new resource on in-crop weeds is available here. _______________________________________________ Podcast hosts: Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman  
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Getting mixing right to avoid glugs & efficacy issues

Today’s podcast focuses on getting tank mixes right to avoid glugs and ensure they’re as effective as they can be. Bayer Market Development Agronomy and Field Leader of Integrated Weed Management Australia, Craig White (who also has his own podcast here), talks to us about how to get mixing orders right to avoid glugs in tanks and to get the best tank-mix possible. We also hear about a new formulation of Sakura called Sakura Flow. Bayer Market Development Agronomy and Field Leader of Integrated Weed Management Australia, Craig White Nufarm Territory Manager for the Downs, Maranoa and South West Queensland, Malcolm Salisbury joins us on the podcast to provide an overview of some of the considerations that need to be made when mixing herbicides for the Northern Region. He also has some general tips on mixing too! Nufarm Territory Manager for the Downs, Maranoa and South West Queensland, Malcolm Salisbury We also talked about the new GRDC Common Weeds of Grain Cropping: The Ute Guide, which is available as a hard copy or digital manual, for the most key weeds impacting Australian farming systems. This national version replaces the former regional and seasonal weed ute guides. The new ute guide was a larger format and included descriptions and images of weed species through a range of growth stages. You can order your manual copy by ringing 1800 11 00 44 or emailing GroundCover You can also check out our latest webinar recording – WeedSmart in HRZ – practical options for dealing with ryegrass here. Handy links for getting mixing right Bayer Tank Mixing Guide  GRDC National Variety Trials – Another point we couldn’t fit into the podcast Mal wanted to share was on crop herbicide tolerance. From the NVT guide it states: “Within many broadacre crop species, cultivars have been found to vary in sensitivity to commonly used herbicides and tank mixes, thereby resulting in potential grain yield loss, and hence reduced farm profit. With funding from GRDC and State Government Agencies across Australia, a series of cultivar by herbicide tolerance trials are conducted annually. The trials aim to provide grain growers and advisers with information on cultivar sensitivity to commonly used in-crop herbicides and tank mixes for a range of crop species.” Nufarm “Broadacre tank-mix guide”      
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Taking a closer look at Overwatch + post-em spraying tips

This week, we’re catching up with University of Adelaide weeds researcher, Dr Peter Boutsalis, to talk about the latest resistance testing results he’s collated, tips on post-em weed control and FMC’s new product, Overwatch. We’re also going to hear from FMC Australasia R&D Manager, Geoff Robertson (pictured), to get the rundown their new product, Overwatch. Overwatch has now received full registration in Australia and will be available for the 2021 winter crop season. This pre-emergent herbicide has shown to be effective at killing annual ryegrass, as well as other weeds such as silvergrass, sowthistle and more. If you’d like to check out the webinars we spoke about on the podcast, you can do so here.
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Companion and intercropping piquing interest of Aussie farmers

Today on the podcast we’re doing a special on intercropping and companion cropping. Canola + faba beans. (Photo: Greg Condon). Before we get into it, here’s what both intercrops and companion crops are: Intercrop: where two or more species are sown and harvested together with the objective to harvest the grain of both species. Companion crop: Where two or more species are sown together with the objective to harvest the grain of a single species. The other species are either grazed out or terminated using herbicides. We hear from CSIRO Farming Systems Scientist, Dr Andrew Fletcher. He tells us about the potential role of companion and intercropping in Australian grain farming systems. Andrew also recently presented this topic at the Perth GRDC Updates, which has sparked interest in this space in Australia. We also hear from farmer Murray Scholz, who has a mixed farming operation in the Southern Region in Culcairn NSW, which is halfway between Wagga Wagga and Albury. Murray has been on the podcast before, talking about his use of disc seeding. So, thanks to him for coming back! And finally, we hear from WeedSmart Southern Extension Agronomist, Greg Condon. He gives a detailed overview of companion and intercropping in his region and explains some of the quirks to how it all works. If you’re wanting to learn more about this topic, you can check out Dr Andrew Fletcher’s Perth GRDC Crop Updates paper here. If you’d like to check out what webinars we have coming up, including our Q&A Session on our Diversity Era Crop 101 Course this Friday, and our upcoming webinar in our series, The future of chemical use in farming with Mark Congreve click here. And as promised in the podcast, here are some awesome visuals of companion cropping… Some of the buffet on offer for the sheep at Murray Scholz’s farm. (Photo: Murray Scholz).   Grazing mix of wheat, vetch, tillage radish and purple top turnip. (Photo: Greg Condon).     Tillage radish penetrating through dense clay subsoil. (Photo: Greg Condon). And if you were wondering what Buttock Boulder looks like… Buttock Boulder in Bells Rapids Park, WA (Photo: Jessica Strauss).  

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