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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 115: Mar-Apr 2015

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    In this issue...
    Dry springs redefining the growing season
    Bristling at his grain losses, Gary invented.... bristles
    Legumes to pump prime wheat performance
    Centre to tackle high cost of fungal diseases

  • Ground Cover Issue 114: Jan-Feb 2015

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    Image of Jasmin Koric with her partner Jay and his brothers Brad and Travis Collins

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    In this issue...
    Faba bean potential as southern rotation option
    Growers seek reslilence in organic option
    Next generation embraces the future
    Stay-green wheat may weaken drought's grip

  • Ground Cover Issue 113: Nov-Dec 2014

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    In this issue...
    Robot army of weed killers in training
    Tighter fallow management gives wheat best chance
    Profit analysis steers business towards barley
    Mystery of regional yield variability solved

  • Ground Cover Issue 112: Sept-Oct 2014

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    In this issue...
    Ingenuity pushes mainstay crop limits
    Wet start allows time to champion industry's needs
    Canola a tempting scenario for chickpea stalwart
    ‘Zombie’ genes in crop protection discovery

  • Ground Cover Issue 111: July-August 2014

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    In this issue...
    Drainage takes water management to new level
    Weather watch guides sclerotinia spraying
    New varieties and rotations rescue lost potential

  • Ground Cover Issue 110: May-June 2014

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    In this issue...
    New DNA markers tap further into wheat's genetic diversity;
    Infrastructure investment lifts business acumen;
    Nitrogen trials deliver 10-tonne yields in HRZ barley.

  • 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