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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.
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).
Knockdown update & crop comp course is live!
Thanks for joining us, your co-hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman for this week’s podcast.
We’re very excited to announce on the podcast that our new Crop Competition 101 course is now live! On the podcast, we chat with Dr Michael Widderick and Dr Gurjeet Gill about their contributions to the course. You can register for this free online course here. There’s also a short intro video at the bottom of this page to give you a quick overview too.
In the podcast, we also hear from agronomist Andrew Johnson from Dalby Rural supplies to get an update on knockdowns.
And on the podcast, we mention our webinar ‘What’s next in broadacre weed control – is green on green a reality?’ from last week with Greg Condon. If you missed it, catch up here.
If you would like to listen to our latest Regional Update podcast with Tony Lockrey, check it out here.
You can register for the free Diversity Era Crop Competition 101 course here.
Weed seed impact mill technology – where it’s at
It’s been almost two years to the day that we released our first podcast on weed seed impact mill technology. Back then, we caught up with WA (Cuballing) farmer, Roger Newman (pictured above) about his experience with the HSD and Andrew Todd (Dowerin, WA) about his experience with the Seed Terminator (check out the 2018 podcast here).
Well, as you would know, there’s been lots of developments in the mill space, with Redekop and now TecFarm coming onto the scene with their own mills.
In this podcast, Jessica Strauss is joined by guest co-host, agricultural engineer and Manager of Research and Development for the Kondinin Group, Ben White.
Ben gives a comprehensive overview of where mill technology is at.
We have interviews from farmers who are running different weed seed impact mills, including an update from Roger Newman, mentioned above; Dave Trewick from Elmore, Victoria, who has an HSD and Seed Terminator; Lyndon Bird from Goomalling, WA, who has a Redekop SCU; and Tom Lewis from Tecfarm who talks about the most recently released mill, the WeedHOG.
Thanks to everyone for making this podcast possible!
Research is showing that mixing herbicides is the way to go
Join your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman to find out about why mixing and rotating herbicides is the way to go.
Today we’re chatting with AHRI researcher Roberto Busi about his latest research into resistance in wild radish and annual ryegrass and why it’s so important to mix and rotate herbicides in your farming system.
Peter Newman has this week also written AHRI insight on Roberto’s work which evaluates the mix and rotate message in more detail. You can check it out here.
And if you were wondering what the ‘boxes’ were that were spoken about in this episode, check out the graphic below.
Surprising chaff lining results and the future of mill technology
In this week’s episode, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman catch up in person to talk about the highlights of the GRDC Crop Updates which have been taking place across the country.
Peter talks about what he presented at updates, including research done by Dr Michael Walsh from the University of Sydney on the efficacy of chaff lining. We also talk about research on weed seed mills and new machinery on the horizon. Pete also talks about his presentation on strip and disc systems and how they might fit into farming systems in WA.
We also discuss the Weed Chipper, developed by Dr Andrew Guzzomi and Dr Carlo Peressini from UWA and researchers from the University of Sydney. The Weed Chipper now has a commercial partner in Precision Agronomics Australia.
This project had received funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation and was created in response to the growing concerns about herbicide resistance and the associated difficulties with fallow weed control.
Director of McFadyen Ag Consulting and Northern Panel Chair Andrew McFadyen about the effects of the Summer rain the Northern region has received.
Director of McFadyen Ag Consulting and Northern Panel Chair Andrew McFadyen
*In the podcast we chat about presentations which were stand-outs. We didn’t give the full name for ‘Keith’ – his full name is Keith Norman and he is a UK Farm Management Specialist.
We also talked about the model on HWSC Pete developed so you can calculate the cost of different HWSC options on your farm. You can download the model here.
Green on green technology set to be within reach
Technology in general, including in the ag space, is moving forward at an accelerated rate.
While green on brown technology is now being adopted and good results are being seen in the field, green on green technology is on the cusp of being a commercial reality.
And while there might be fears it’ll be cost-prohibitive, AutoWeed Systems Engineer who is a guest on the podcast this week, says that the technology will be comparable and in some cases cheaper than the green on brown tech available today.
Alex Olsen demonstrating the Autoweed at WeedSmart Week in Emerald 2019
The University of Sydney’s weed researchers Dr Michael Walsh and Guy Coleman recently ran a workshop with delegates from all over the world looking at how to make machine learning more accessible for green on green technology by making open source libraries of broadacre weeds and crops available to anyone who might want to access them, including companies working on making this tech a reality.
WeedSmart’s Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon provides us with an overview of how the workshop ran and what he presented in on in terms of how this tech might fit into different farming systems.
Join your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman and learn more!
John Stevenson from Warakirri Lockhart explaining to delegates how important the Weedit camera spraying is for their business.
Summer cropping tips for the Northern region and highlights from Agritechnica
We’re back for our first podcast of 2020 and the decade! Join your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman, as they talk about Summer Cropping and highlights from the massive agricultural tradeshow, Agritechnica.
With recent rainfall in parts of the Northern region, some farmers will be considering putting in a Summer crop. We catch up with our Northern Extension Agronomist, Paul McIntosh for a broad overview on this, as well as, Agricultural Consulting and Extension Services Agronomist, Peter McKenzie. Peter provides some insights into how to control weed burdens and get the best possible yield outcome for crops in these tough drought conditions.
We also catch up with Rabobank Agricultural Analyst Wes Lefroy (pictured left, above) about his trip to Germany where he went to Agritechnica. Automation was a big focus in 2019 and Wes gives his perspective on how that technology will fit into Australian cropping systems. Wes also appears on the Rabobank podcast. Check it out here.
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New WEEDit Quadro and US research group’s Australian farm tour
This is our last podcast for 2019! It’s been such a great year, covering a broad range of topics related to integrated weed management.
The GROW group saw a range of HWSC tools touring WA, including the Redekop. Photo: Peter Newman
In this episode, hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman give an overview of what were the most popular podcasts and articles WeedSmart produced in 2019.
In following up from our last podcast where we got an overview of the new WeedSeeker, in this podcast we catch up with Dalby Rural Supplies Precision Ag Specialist Jeremy Jones about the new WEEDit Quadro.
We also catch up with Steven Mirsky. He’s a Research Ecologist with the US Department of Agriculture and is a member of the US group, GROW (Getting Rid of Weeds). The group recently did a national farm tour in Australia, learning about our farming systems and how we control weeds.
If you’re wanting to follow up on some of our top podcasts and posts of the year, you can check them out below.
Top Podcasts (based on likes, downloads, listens)
1. Redekop weed seed impact mill and hay market overview
2. New chemistry derived from the Aussie bottlebrush; BASF new actives and Tecfarm mills
3. New herbicide resistance test and getting crop topping right
Top Podcasts(most listened to overall)
1. Chaff dump management and ‘strip and disc’ systems
2. Vertical iHSD test results and the WEEDit
3. Weather forecast accuracy and crop competition trial results
Top Ask An Expert
1. What’s the latest in optical sprayer technology?
2. Is mechanical site-specific weed control a practical fallow management option?
3. How can I avoid getting stuck in an imi herbicide cycle?
4. Is rapid, on-farm herbicide resistance testing possible?
5. Does diversity help with weed control and herbicide resistance?
Top Bulletin Posts
1. Stacking the Big 6 in a strip and disc system
2. Robotics opens up more non-herbicide options
3. And then there were three – impact mills on the market
4. Vertical iHSD maintains the brand’s 98% weed kill rate
5. Is sunlight breaking down pre-em herbicides where farmers are dry sowing?