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  • Breakthrough to fast-track yellow spot research

    Media Releases

    Image of Caroline Moffat investigating yellow spot in her lab at Curtin University's Centre for Crop Disease Management (CCDM)

    Article Date
    22.07.2014
    Region
    West

    A breakthrough achieved by Western Australian scientists will facilitate fast-tracked research into the country’s most costly wheat disease – yellow spot.

    The outcome of this research, supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), is expected to speed up the release to growers of new wheat varieties with improved yellow spot resistance.

  • Disease prevention better than cure

    Media Releases

    Image of Chris Wilkins inspecting crops for disease in Western Australia

    Article Date
    22.07.2014
    Region
    West

    Conditions are ripe for high levels of crop diseases in Western Australian paddocks this year.
    In the central to west Midlands region where I work as an agricultural consultant, I didn’t see much evidence of disease until about mid-June. But as temperatures have dropped, crops have slowed in growth and many have turned a bit yellow.

  • Soil water knowledge can help grow more dollars

    Media Releases

    Image of Western Australian agronomist, Craig Topham

    Article Date
    21.07.2014
    Region
    West

    Increased knowledge about soil water is allowing growers to better manage risk and match inputs to the productive capacity of their soils, according to agronomist Craig Topham.

  • Modelling predicts varied nitrogen responses

    Media Releases

    Image of Frank D’Emden from Precision Agronomics Australia briefing an audience on nitrogen ‘top-up’ decisions

    Article Date
    18.07.2014
    Region
    West

    Results from technology that measures soil moisture across the Western Australian grainbelt indicates that nitrogen fertiliser ‘top-ups’ applied in coming weeks could have variable yield benefits, depending on location.

  • Know your maximum residue limits

    Media Releases

    Grains

    Article Date
    18.07.2014
    Region
    National, North, South, West

    Measures growers need to take to avoid MRL violations are detailed in a new Grain Marketing and Pesticide Residues Fact Sheet, produced by GRDC.

  • Prompt action on sclerotinia will reduce yield losses

    Media Releases

    Image of canola stems infected by sclerotinia. Photo by Steve Marcroft

    Article Date
    17.07.2014
    Region
    West

    Western Australian canola growers are advised to take note of risk factors for sclerotinia stem rot and to apply fungicide - within the recommended spray window - if conditions are favourable for infection.

  • Canola virus: winter spraying may not be warranted

    Media Releases

    Green peach aphids

    Article Date
    16.07.2014
    Region
    South

    Spraying canola crops to control aphids responsible for the spread of beet western yellows virus, which has decimated crops in parts of South Australia and Victoria, may not be warranted over the next few weeks – at least in districts currently experiencing cold and wet conditions.

  • Robots and drones: back to the future for GRDC Updates

    Media Releases

    Image of Dr Tristan Perez, professor in robotics at the Queensland University of Technology

    Article Date
    15.07.2014
    Region
    North

    Robots in the paddock and drones in the air – a different future in grain production is just one of the fascinating topics being discussed at the upcoming Northern Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Updates.

  • Grower experiences shared in non-wetting booklet

    Media Releases

    non-wetting bus tour in Western Australia

    Article Date
    15.07.2014
    Region
    West

    A new booklet is available outlining options that Western Australian farmers have adopted to deal with non-wetting soils, and advice on developing strategies to manage these soils.

  • Conditions are key to accurate seed placement

    Media Releases

    Dave Newbigging at his farm in Central West NSW

    Article Date
    15.07.2014
    Region
    North

    Trialling precision seeding equipment has given Central West NSW grain growers Dave and Nigel Newbigging greater insight into their farm’s cropping capabilities, as well as alternatives to traditional tyne sowing.