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Ground Cover is a free bi-monthly newspaper published by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. It provides technical information for grain growers, including updates on research, trials, new varieties, farmer activities and case studies.

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  • Ground Cover Issue 109: Mar-Apr 2014

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    In this issue...
    Growers and researchers team with brewers for fresher beer
    Experiments start to make sense of early sowing strategies
    New methods to harness genetic diversity rais hopes for frost tolerance.

  • Ground Cover Issue 108: Jan-Feb 2014

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    In this edition...
    Pulses: Food science key to higher-value markets;
    Farm management: Two growers choose different strategies from their local R&D;
    On-Farm: How a 'love of learning' shapes modern cropping.

  • Ground Cover Issue 107: Nov-Dec 2013

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    In this edition:
    Crop sequencing: Trials measure chickpea/wheat profitability
    Electronic farming: How smartphones and tablets are improving crop management
    Frost management: Research and experience is helping more growers cope with frost

  • Ground Cover Issue 106: Sept-Oct 2013

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    Every business in the grains value chain depends on growers being profitable. This is the ‘bottom line’ on which the GRDC’s management of grains research is focused.
    All the technology that is developed with GRDC support has, at its core, the goal of helping growers make more money, and keep making more money, in spite of the relentless pressure from challenges such as climate variability, market volatility and rising input costs.
    In this edition:
    Barley: Voyage into barley’s genetic ‘inner-space’ - Mapping of the barley genome opens the way to crop improvement
    Rust Research: Net tightens around wheat's ancient nemesis - Isolation of the first rust resistance genes brings new global food hope
    E-Farming: Smart farming - data banks at your fingertips - New mobile tools put vast databanks at your fingertips

  • Ground Cover Issue 105: July-August 2013

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    In this issue:
    Pulses: Plant breeders to gain faster access to new variety traits
    Nitrogen Management: Nitrogen management under the microscope
    Seed Quality: New DNA test to verify seed purity

  • Ground Cover Issue 104: May - June 2013

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    Over the past decade we have seen a fundamental shift in the organisational structures that underpin the research that keeps our crop varieties a step ahead of evolving biological and climatic challenges. Much of today’s plant breeding in the grains sector involves local companies with global partnerships and this has given Australian plant breeders direct access to advanced technologies, knowledge, skills and a much more expansive genetic resource. This investment by international interests in the future of the Australian grains industry also represents a critical injection of capital into the plant breeding on which our industry stands. Central to all of this change is ensuring that the delivery of new crop varieties, and allied research, directly benefits growers.

  • Ground Cover Issue 103: Mar-April 2013

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    If there is one thing our grains industry has in spades, it is momentum: a shared determination to keep pushing ahead. It is reflected in the grower case studies and research outcomes you read in Ground Cover, and in the dynamic extension activities of research organisations and grower groups around the country. It is also reflected in the underlying knowledge sharing that helps to accelerate the research needed to keep ahead of shifting production constraints – a major example being herbicide resistance.

  • Ground Cover Issue 102: Jan-Feb 2013

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    In this issue:
    Precision Agriculture: Variable rate technology data put to work
    Agronomy: New medics revive rotations
    Capacity Building: Growers lift their marketing skills

  • Ground Cover Issue 101: Nov-Dec 2012

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    In this issue:
    Pre-Breeding: Pressure on breeders to crack yields ceiling
    Climate Research: Answers sought for increase in frost events
    Machinery: Header fire prevention

  • Ground Cover Issue 100: Sept-Oct 2012

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    Ground Cover: 100 Issues Strong
    In this issue:
    Precision Agriculture: Variable rate technology plugs production holes
    Pre-Breeding: Rats and rice offer new salinity hope
    On-farm: Wide rows challenge plant breeders