Grains Research and Development

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Rotary spading water-repellent soils tested at Binnu

Farme in field walks toward mechanical plough equipment.

Frustrated by poor yields on water-repellent sands, Binnu grain grower Damian Harris turned to spading as a means of improving crop establishment and productivity

Deep fertiliser placement tackles subsoil constraints

The Black brothers, Jim (left) and Laurie, have witnessed major changes in the soil underlying their northern farming system

Subsoil phosphorus deficiencies identified in long-term research across the northern grain-growing region have spurred a new approach to fertiliser application for the Black family at Brookstead in south-east Queensland.

Narrow Windrow Burning

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WA grower Doug Smith, offers some advice to people considering narrow windrow burning as a way of controlling the spread of weed seeds during harvest.

Pre-harvest Herbicide Use fact sheet

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Stewardship for pre-harvest application of herbicides in winter crops:
The responsibility to avoid herbicide residues in delivered cereal, pulse and oilseed grains sits squarely with grain growers and their advisers.
The application of herbicides late in the season to prevent weeds setting seed or to desiccate crops must be carried out with caution and in line with herbicide label recommendations. It is essential to check if these practices are acceptable to buyers, as in some situations markets have extremely low or even zero tolerance to some pesticide and herbicide residues.