Webinars

Our webinars bring you the latest on-farm strategies farmers and agronomists are using to manage weed numbers in broadacre crops. Anywhere you have an internet connection, on a smartphone or computer, you can register and join us for one of our regular webinar series.

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The future of chemical use in farming with Mark Congreve

Join WeedSmart’s Paul McIntosh and Shannen Barrett as they host ICAN’s Mark Congreve who discusses the future of chemical use in farming including market drivers, herbicide discovery, automation, future for glyphosate & paraquat and much more!
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Crop Competition Q&A

Dr Gurjeet Gill & Dr Michael Widderick answer questions that may have cropped up for participants of Crop Competition 101. They also provide a broader overview of the crop competition work being delivered by their respective teams. If you haven’t registered to do our free Diversity Era course, Crop Competition 101 yet, you can do so here.
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What’s the cost of HWSC for you? With WeedSmart’s Peter Newman

It depends… on crop type, yield, area, number of harvesters and so on. The costs of harvest weed seed control (HWSC) tools have been calculated using best estimates to calculate the effect on yield and crop area and are limited to cereal crops. Pete Newman, WeedSmart Western Extension Agronomist has developed this interactive model and will step you through the benefits of different strategies and how to use the HWSC cost estimate tool to measure the impact to your cropping program. DOWNLOAD MODEL HERE
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What’s next in broadacre weed control – is green on green a reality? With Greg Condon

In this webinar, WeedSmart Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon (pictured above) discusses weed control techniques especially using site-specific technology and how these are evolving. Site-specific weed control covers a wide range of tactics from chaff lining to shielded spraying, optical spot spraying and the emerging tech around green on green. WeedSmart Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon will discuss weed control techniques especially using site-specific technology and how these are evolving. Site-specific weed control covers a wide range of tactics from chaff lining to shielded spraying, optical spot spraying and the emerging tech around green on green. We also had Dave Tuppen, Product Specialist with Goldacres join us to give us an overview of the green on green product development at Goldacres.   As mentioned in the webinar, there are quite a few great resources you might like to check out for further information. Please find them below: Guillaume Jourdain GRDC Update Paper Green on green camera spraying – a game changer on our doorstep? Technological changes enabling rapid advancement for spot-spraying weeds Related Podcasts
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Management of Feathertop Rhodes grass & Barnyard grass

We can only hope we’re close to the end of a long dry spell and we’ll soon see a break! And when we do, significant rain will see a massive flush of weeds. What will particularly be problematic is grass weeds – Feathertop Rhodes grass, Barnyard grass, Sweet summer grass and Urochloa (liverseed grass). Our last webinar for 2019 features Bhagirath Chauhan (pictured above), QAAFI weeds researcher, and Paul McIntosh, AHRI’s northern extension agronomist. They investigate the best strategies to ensure summer crops and the 2020 winter crop are given the resources to achieve higher yields.  Controlling summer grass weeds requires a strategy with interventions at various stages of the growing season. Bhagirath explains the biology of the most problematic grass weeds and how to employ strategies that provide your summer crop and subsequent winter crop with ideal conditions for growth.
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What’s the state of play of glyphosate?

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus regarding glyphosate’s safety, the discussion is now infiltrating Australian communities and farmers are questioning what they would do if we lost glyphosate here. Professor Stephen Powles and Bayer Crop Science Head of Public Affairs Carissa Buckland (Matthew Cossey unfortunately couldn’t be with us this time) joined WeedSmart and AHRI Western Extension Agronomist Pete Newman to give an overview of the current situation surrounding the world’s most used herbicide and what this means for the Australian grains industry. If you missed the webinar, you can catch up above.
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Weed control with automation

Someone who knows a lot about this topic is agriculture engineer and Kondinin Group’s R&D Manager Ben White. Ben joins WeedSmart’s Western Extension Agronomist Pete Newman to give a snapshot of the role automation will play in Australian agriculture, with a specific look at weed control. Ben provides examples of available technologies and outlines the horizon for automation in agriculture.
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Pre-em Herbicides 101 Q&A Forum

This webinar is a Q&A for our new Diversity Era course, “Pre-emergent Herbicides 101”. You can sign-up and do the course for free here.  
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Controlling weeds in pulse crops in Western Canada

The success of pulse production, primarily lentil and field pea, in western Canada has led to some agronomic challenges. The most immediate being a proliferation of root rot diseases and the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds. In this webinar, Eric Johnson, Research Officer, Weed Control Program at the University of Saskatchewan discusses Canada’s solutions to combat herbicide-resistant weeds with Paul McIntosh, AHRI’s northern extension agronomist. Four million hectares of pulse crops (lentil, dry pea, soybean, chickpea, fababean) is seeded annually in western Canada every year and contributes over $4 billion dollars to the province of Saskatchewan alone. Pulse crops in western Canada are highly reliant on Group B herbicides for weed control and resistance to these herbicides has evolved in a number of weed species. The most problematic of these Group B resistant weeds in pulse crops include kochia (Bassia scoparia), wild mustard (Sinapis arvensis) and false cleavers (Galium spurium). Identification of alternative mechanisms of action, primarily Groups G and K herbicides, and the use of PRE- plus POST- systems have provided solutions for weed control. This webinar will outline the research and will introduce the University of Saskatchewan’s recent work on integrated management of resistant weeds in pulses, led by Drs. Chris Willenborg and Steve Shirtilffe.  

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