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  • Managing farm risk with good decisions

    Media Releases

    Image of Will Martel, GRDC northern region panelist, Wellington.

    Article Date
    20.04.2015
    Region
    North

    Risk management is an essential skill in Australian agribusiness if growers are to effectively combat the challenges of input costs, market volatility, seasonal conditions and production constraints.

  • Improved skill levels vital for farm profitability

    Media Releases

    Image of Basil Doonan who is a consultant at Macquarie Franklin

    Article Date
    17.04.2015
    Region
    West

    Improving a farm manager’s skills, so they can make better business management and operational decisions, is a key factor towards achieving higher farm profits.

  • Canola growers can play the season on nitrogen

    Media Releases

    Image of Gemma Walker

    Article Date
    14.04.2015
    Region
    West

    Research is helping to identify and develop canola varieties and management tactics to maximise yields across the Western Australian grainbelt.

  • Guide can help maximise spray program returns

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Article Date
    13.04.2015
    Region
    West

    Grain growers are keenly interested in adjuvants that can be added to spray solutions on-farm to help them get the most out of dollars spent on spraying programs.

  • Mouse census underway across Australia

    Media Releases

    Grain grower Richard Konzag, of Mallala in South Australia, says recording information about mouse numbers and activity on his property via the MouseAlert app was a simple but important exercise

    Article Date
    13.04.2015
    Region
    National

    Grain growers across Australia are getting behind the nation’s first-ever mouse census which is being conducted this week.

    Growers have begun recording mouse activity on their properties as part of Mouse Census Week which aims to provide farmers, the grains industry and researchers with an unprecedented bank of data about mouse activity in agricultural areas.

  • SA sowthistle populations confirmed resistant to 2,4-D

    Media Releases

    Sowthistle in canola stubble, southern Western Australia. Photo: AM Storrie

    Article Date
    09.04.2015
    Region
    South

    Resistance to the Group I herbicide 2,4-D in sowthistle has been confirmed in South Australia.

    The development is of great concern to the nation’s cropping industry as sowthistle, also known as milkweed or milk thistle (Sonchus oleraceus), has become an increasingly difficult weed to manage in no-till crops and fallow.

  • Pests on the hop in CQ sorghum

    Media Releases

    Image of Kelly Becker, GRDC Northern Region panellist

    Article Date
    08.04.2015
    Region
    North

    Grasshoppers, Rutherglen bug and midge numbers are building up in Central Queensland in late planted sorghum crops, forcing growers to consider control measures in the lead up to harvest.

  • Getting the good oil on the right canola for your region

    Media Releases

    Image of Peter Roberts, GRDC Western Panel Chair, and Dr Heping Zhang, CSIRO researcher.

    Article Date
    07.04.2015
    Region
    West

    Latest comparative yield, oil and blackleg resistance data is available for WA canola varieties to help plan 2015 break crop plantings.

    The GRDC-Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) ‘Canola Variety Guide for WA 2015’ summarises the most up-to-date agronomic and commercial information for new and existing varieties.

  • Putting the dollars into sodic soil management

    Media Releases

    Image of Dr Neal Menzies from the University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

    Article Date
    07.04.2015
    Region
    North

    Future research into sodic soils in Australia’s northern cropping belt should aim to equip growers with the decision-making tools to implement feasible and cost effective management strategies.

  • Nations first Mouse Census Week announced

    Media Releases

    Steve Henry weighs a mouse. Photo by Alice Kenney

    Article Date
    02.04.2015
    Region
    National

    Farmers and advisers throughout Australia’s grain-growing regions are being asked to get involved in the nation’s first-ever mouse census by assessing mouse activity on their farms.

    Mouse Census Week will be conducted from April 13 to 19, 2015, to provide farmers, the grains industry and researchers with an unprecedented bank of data about mouse activity in agricultural areas.