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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.


Clever Crop Stalker provides unique option for shielded spraying

Join your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman to learn the latest in precision ag and find out more about Emerald, the location of our first WeedSmart Week event for 2019.

In this podcast, we chat with Southern Precision Director Grant Yates about shielded spraying and other innovative technology which helps with farming system efficiencies.
Grant started the company as he found that the latest equipment and tools that could reduce input costs and improve efficiencies were not readily available to farmers.
We also catch up with Graham Spackman about the Northern Region and some of the issues faced there. Graham is a Northern GRDC panel member and is a Director of Spackman Iker Ag Consulting.
He’ll be speaking on the Forum Day at Emerald WeedSmart Week, which is now only 2 weeks away! You can get your tickets to the event here.
If you’re closer to Horsham, WeedSmart Week will be happening there on August 27. Get your tickets here.
We also have an excellent webinar coming up on the state of play of glyphosate. You can learn more and register here.


Drone to tractor fallow weed solution saving up to 95% on herbicide costs

Emerald WeedSmart Week is less than a month away, so Northern Extension Agronomist, Paul McIntosh, guest co-hosts with Jessica Strauss to highlight some of the excellent speakers who will be presenting over the 3-day event.

In this podcast, we hear from InFarm Managing Director Jerome Leray who will be presenting at WeedSmart Week.
InFarm is an Agricultural Intelligence company based in Goondiwindi. The company has been recognised by Microsoft for becoming the first commercial company to receive the AI for Earth grant in Australia.
The company has developed a drone to tractor fallow weed solution. It can save farmers up to 95% on herbicide and integrates with standard variable rate sprayers. It provides a solution to fallow weed spot spraying using the equipment farmers already have.
We also speak with local CQ farmers, Kurt Mayne and Scott Becker about their farming systems and how WeedSmart’s Big 6 principles have shaped some of the practical changes they’ve made, including some big purchases, like the WEEDit.
You can get your tickets for Emerald WeedSmart Week here.
Kurt Mayne will be presenting at WeedSmart Week in Emerald


Farming with the premise of reducing reliance on chemicals and why you might not need a knockdown

This week on the WeedSmart podcast, Jessica Strauss interviews co-host Peter Newman on why he’s telling farmers they might not need to worry about not having a knockdown.

We also chat with farmer Ian Taylor (farm pictured above), who will be presenting at WeedSmart Week in Horsham about his innovative farming system and how his family is farming with the premise of reducing their reliance on chemicals.
“Farmers are all in a war against weeds. We are winning, but you’re never going to win because the war will always continue. However, with an open mind, we’ll win the battle, but not the war,” Ian Taylor.
Ian Taylor and his family have used several tools for weed control, initially using narrow windrow burning and now considering a harvest seed destructor.
Ian aims to keep his farming system going well beyond 100 years and he shares how they plan to do that.
Finally, we chat with Central Queensland Grower Solutions Group Extension Officer, Hayley Eames about why it’s so important WeedSmart Week comes to Emerald.
You can buy tickets to WeedSmart week in Horsham here and Emerald here. We also have a webinar tomorrow (July 4) on automation in ag, so make sure you’re signed up here.
Ian Taylor’s family farm.


The cost of a bad herbicide mix and innovative farmer Tim Rethus talks about his farming system

Herbicide mixes are not all one of the same. The efficacy of a mix can be affected significantly by the adjuvant it’s mixed with. On this podcast, we chat with Research Agronomist with Jubilee Consulting, Andrew Somervaille. He explains herbicide mixes in more detail, with a particular emphasis on glyphosate. South Australian Independent Consultant, Craig Davis also talks about herbicide mixes and shares what advice he gives his clients in this regard.

We also talk to Tim Rethus. He’s an innovative farmer who will be presenting at the upcoming WeedSmart Week in Horsham. He farms with his brother Luke, father Geoff and long-time worker Glenn.
His farm, near Horsham in the Wimmera, is a 100% dryland winter cropping enterprise, receiving 425mm annual rainfall with around 3/4 of that rain falling during the growing season. In this interview, we get a snapshot of the farming system Tim and his family have adopted on their farm, as well as some guidance on how to make innovate decisions for your farming enterprise.
You can learn more from Tim at WeedSmart Week in Horsham. Get your tickets here.


Addressing roadside weeds and previews to WeedSmart Week in Emerald and Horsham

We’re excited to officially launch the ticket sales for not one, but two WeedSmart Week events in 2019 in this podcast. Our extension agronomists Paul McIntosh and Greg Condon join us this week to provide overviews of our events in both Emerald and Horsham (co-organised by Birchip Cropping Group) in August.
An event which is just around the corner though is the Australian Local Government Association Conference where one of the topics will be roadside weeds. This is taking place from June 16-19. Andrew Storrie ‘Agronomo’ joins us on the podcast to explain how roadside weeds can directly impact farmers and provides some options for effectively controlling them.
Two glyphosate tolerant species – doveweed (Croton setigerus) and fleabane (Conyza spp.) taking over the road shoulder in the WA cropping belt.
Ticket sales are open for both of our WeedSmart Week events. Click the below links to find out more and purchase your tickets:

Emerald WeedSmart Week – August 13-15th
Horsham Weedsmart Week – August 27th-29th


How to address soil compaction

Soil compaction is an issue farmers face in regions across the country, however, there are some unique differences between management approaches in the Western/Southern regions, compared to the Northern region.
DAFWA researcher Bindi Isbister is part of a GRDC-funded project delving into the use of deep ripping and other soil compaction amelioration tactics with CTF to address deep subsoil compaction. PHOTO: DAFWA
In this podcast, we chat with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA Agricultural Development Officer, Bindi Isbister (pictured above), who is based in Geraldton, WA, to get a Western/Southern perspective.
Agronomy professional & crop nutrition specialist, Bede O’Mara, gives us the Northern perspective. He works at Incitec Pivot Fertilisers in Toowoomba.
Bede O’Mara is based in Toowoomba and chats to us about dealing with soil compaction in the Northern region
Soil compaction leads to aeration issues and reduced water infiltration rates. This impacts negatively on a crop as its roots have less access to water and nitrogen.
Compacted areas reduce water movement and decrease plant growth, leading to a less competitive crop and potentially more weeds.
Take a listen to the podcast to learn how to prevent soil compaction and how to deal with it if you do have compacted soils.


Weather forecast accuracy and crop competition trial results

This week on the podcast, we look into how to utilise weather forecasts and get the latest information on crop competition trials conducted by YP AG.

Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey provides an excellent overview of what weather forecasts to take seriously and those which you should probably take with a grain of salt. Dale has a real knack for simplifying this complicated topic, so if you want to get a good overview of the weather, he’s your man!
Dale refers to no breaking rains yet in the interview but since the interview, there have been some breaking rains across parts of southeast Australia. You can check out the latest map for May rain thus far here. Also on related climate topics, the ‘Climatedogs’  🐶 🦴 animations (key climate drivers) were updated for a national audience recently and you can check them out here. And if you’d like to keep up-to-date with all of Dale’s weather forecasting, you can simply hit a button to subscribe to The Break here.
We’re also excited to have Agriservices Agronomist Chris Davey (pictured up top) on this podcast talking about crop competition at seeding time. Chris is based in Kadina, South Australia and he recently wrote a great article in YP AG’s agronomy newsletter, where he said ‘weed seed reduction starts at seeding’. There are multiple benefits of crop competition, including increasing crop yield in weedy situations, reducing weed seed set, and improving the efficacy of Harvest Weed Seed Control. Chris has kindly given us access to his article if you’d like to refer back to it after the interview on the results from YP AG’s recent trials and some tips on crop competition. You can download it here. You can find out more about YP AG here.
Join your hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman and…


Chaff dump management and ‘strip and disc’ systems

Did you know you can bale your chaff dumps? South Australian farmer Andrew Ridgway, who is based in Pine Hill, has baled his chaff dumps this year to provide additional stock feed in his area.

Andrew tweeted about this novel way of managing chaff dumps, so we followed up with him to find out more about the process. We also caught up with WA farmer Rod Messina about how he’s managing his chaff this year. Rod also talks to us about his recent trip over east where he was introduced to strip and disc farming systems. He talks about how some elements of the system could potentially be applied in WA farming systems.
The chaff dumps before baling. Photo by: Andrew Ridgway
Chaff dump bales ready to go! Photo by: Andrew Ridgway.


Vertical iHSD test results and the WEEDit

Technology in agriculture is rapidly evolving and being adopted by farmers in Australia. In this podcast, we catch up with the University of Sydney Associate Professor and Director of Weed Research Dr Michael Walsh to find out what his recent test results were on the vertical iHSD.

He looked at the efficacy of the machine killing weed seeds and also looked at the effectiveness of the kill rate as the harvester increased its speed.
We also caught up with Dalby Rural Supplies Precision Ag Specialist Jeremy Jones to find out more about the WEEDit and how it’s performing in the marketplace. He also shares with us what ag tech has got him excited!
Join your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman to learn more!

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