Comparing the iHSD + Seed Terminator
Ben White joins us for the second webinar of our series “Chaff carts, sheep and seed destroying mills”! Ben is an agricultural engineer and the Manager of Research and Development for the Kondinin Group. During harvest 2017 Ben visited a number of grain growers in WA who were using either the Seed Terminator or the integrated Harrington Seed Destructor. Ben looked at all of the issues with these machines from fuel use, to power requirement, to reliability and more for a Farming Ahead Research Report. Ben shares what he learnt about the two machines and will discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of each. You can watch the webinar in full below and you can read the Research Report in full here.
Chaff as Sheep Feed
What we missed for a long time though, was that the chaff dumps can be a great source of sheep feed. Ed Riggall is a WA-based consultant who specialises in livestock management and grazing systems. Ed’s passion is the integration of cropping with livestock which led him to investigate grazing chaff dumps as a source of sheep feed. Ed has recently completed his second year of measuring the benefits to sheep of grazing chaff dumps from a range of crops and shares his knowledge on this research and how he has observed farmers adopting this practice in the south west of WA in the below webinar recording.
Use pre-ems to maximise winter crops in the South
Webinar Series: Pre-ems provide punch to prevent weeds In our second webinar for our webinar series on pre-ems, we look at how hitting weeds before the crop phase provides many more shots at the weeds. Presenter Chris Preston, from the University of Adelaide, explains how to give your crop the best start and diminish the weed seedbank with pre-emergent herbicides. Chris delves into the behaviour of pre-emergent herbicides and what pre-emergents to use when sowing your crop dry in the south. We get answers on… What are the characteristics of the products and how should these influence use patterns? How do you manage pre-emergent herbicides in different soil types? Why don’t pre-emergent herbicides work as well on bromegrass as they do on annual ryegrass? What is the current status of resistance to preemergent herbicides and how should this influence the way they are used? Music: bensound.com
Use pre-ems to maximise winter crops in the North
In our first webinar of this series, we ask Mark Congreve from ICAN Rural the question: why do things go wrong with pre-ems? Herbicide choice and farming system are factors to consider, with crop safety being top of mind. Mark takes us through the strategies to maximise pre-em performance particularly in relation to controlling ryegrass, wild oats, fleabane and sowthistle in the north and discusses how pre-ems breakdown and the implications on plantbacks and rotational crops. Scenarios in the northern region that lead to herbicide failure are discussed, as well as strategies to mitigate risk. Music: bensound.com
Spray wisely and well to maximise efficacy | Bill Gordon
In Webinar 2 from our Summer Spraying Series ‘Summer spray season challenges’, we hear from Spray Application Specialist, Bill Gordon. Correct spray set-up and operation can guarantee efficacy, decontamination and reduce drift. The impact of managing a summer spray event effectively will have benefits to the crop, the neighbours and your ‘peace of mind’, knowing that drift or volatisation is minimised. Hit play to hear Bill Gordon explain the risks involved and how to manage the spray event to ensure maximum efficacy. Watch Webinar 1 ‘Effect of formulation and environment on dicamba volatility’ with Dr Tom Mueller here. Music: bensound.com
Effect of formulation and environment on dicamba volatility
In Webinar 1 from our two-part webinar series ‘Summer spray season challenges’, we hear from Dr Tom Mueller, from the University of Tennessee. Post application of dicamba on triple stack GM crops has been a success for weed control of glyphosate-resistant weeds in the US, including Palmer amaranth. However, many adjacent areas were affected in 2016 (all illegal use) and 2017 (some illegal, mostly legal applications). In the below webinar recording, Dr Tom Mueller presents the most recent findings on dicamba behaviour under field conditions and offers some parallels for Australian growers to consider with regard to 2,4-D behaviour and volatility. Check it out below! You can listen to Webinar 2 from the Summer Spraying Series, “Spray wisely and well to maximise efficacy”, with Spray Application Specialist, Bill Gordon, here.
Rick Llewellyn describes the new Brome RIM
Brome grass has become one of the most costly grass weeds in many major grain growing regions. In conjunction with AHRI, CSIRO will shortly launch Brome RIM which can help growers develop the most profitable strategies for managing Brome grass populations. RIM is a computer-based decision support system to aid farmers and agronomists in their weed management decisions. Rick and Pete put some potential practices to the test as they work through some realistic scenarios based on recent work with many farmers who are battling brome. The results will show how the tool can inform practice change decisions and shed new light on some potential brome management combinations. You can also find out more about Brome RIM here.
Pulse crops provide extra punch against weeds
Pulses can be an important weed control tool, particularly when it comes to herbicide resistant annual ryegrass. In the past, pulses have had the reputation as the ‘weak link’ in crop rotations; however, evidence suggests pulses can provide a powerful punch in a weed control program. Our webinar with AHRI’s Peter Newman puts University of Adelaide researcher, Peter Boutsalis in the ‘ring’ with Corrigin grain farmer Lance Turner to answer the question – how can you manipulate pulse crops to provide more hits on weeds? Hitting weeds before, during and at the end of a pulse crop phase provides many more shots at the weeds. Pete Boutsalis and Lance Turner investigate the opportunity to diminish the weed seed bank using pulses and discuss the proven herbicidal and non-herbicidal tactics that target a broad spectrum of weeds in broadleaf crops. Lance will talk about his ‘6 hits on weeds in lupins’. How many hits can we really get at the weeds from one crop? Get your gloves on!
Frost risk mitigation and growing a crop worth frosting
Webinar 2: Frost mitigation Frost is devastating and unfortunately, more frequent events are predicted to occur right up until 2030. So, what can you do about it? Webinar 2 of our series, Growing a crop worth frosting, addresses how climate change means more weather events like experienced in 2016, will continue to impact crops. Therefore, mitigating the risks is becoming more important, especially in frost-prone areas like those in the southern part of Western Australia. Correct early crop sowing strategies can be unravelled by a frost event later in the season. Early sowing is a proven strategy which can be used to minimise the weed burden and maximise crop yield. The question remains on how to manage the risk? You can watch the below webinar for insights into how you can grow a crop worth frosting. Ben Biddulph and Garren Knell explain the risks and how to minimise the downside of a frost event without delaying planting. Webinar 1: Choosing optimum crop seed traits The first part of this series was Webinar 1: Choosing optimum crop seed traits. NSW DPI’s Rohan Brill investigates the performance of open-pollinated and hybrid canola cultivars across varied cropping environments. He discusses how choosing the right seed traits and early planting can increase yield and maintain pressure on weeds. Along with choosing clean, large crop seed to promote early vigour, planting depth and time of planting are factors affecting crop competitiveness. If you’d like to catch up on this webinar, you can find it here. Podcasts If you’d like to hear more on this topic, you can listen to our podcast with Garren Knell and farmer Gary Lang. Gary farms in a frost-prone area in Wickepin, Western Australia. To take a listen, click here. You can also listen to our podcast on spraying weeds and choosing seeds, which ties in with our Webinar on crop competition. We chat with Nufarm Australia Spray Application Specialist Bill Gordon. He gives some great tips and insights on correct set-up. Rohan Brill also joins us for insight on choosing canola seeds and the benefits of crop competition! Click here to listen.