The recent investment by Western Australian mixed farmers, Ben and Emily Webb, in a chaff cart to provide non-herbicide weed control also provides them with chaff heaps that are a valuable feed source over summer.
Western Australian grain growers should plan for a drier-than-average 2017 cropping season with 10 out of 11 Australian and international climate forecasts predicting below average rainfall during the growing season.
The need for techniques to improve grain yields and manage costs in the face of a drying climate is common to many areas around the world, but in the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia it is even more critical.
It has been a positive start to autumn for many NSW crop producers with above average rainfall received across some areas of the state’s cropping regions.
A dry spell in the lead up to winter crop sowing in Western Australia has seen a significant number of growers opt to dry sow canola this season, according to the latest crop report from the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA).
With a record 2016/17 harvest completed, front of mind for Australian cropping farmers planning the 2017/18 season will be low wheat and coarse grain prices, historically low but rising fertiliser prices, high global stocks and the likelihood of a drier than normal season ahead.
Canola growers in Western Australia’s southern region and parts of the central region have been warned to take evasive action to protect their crops from the fungal disease blackleg, with an elevated risk of infection and the resistance level of several varieties downgraded.
Strengthening interest from investors and expanding family farming operations have lifted values for prime West Australian cropping country, and tight supply of quality parcels of land is seeing demand expand into lower-rainfall areas.
Crop competition is an important strategy to manage herbicide resistance – but it’s not all about row width and seeding rate – the size of the seed sown makes a difference too.
The University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to harsh growing conditions and diseases than oilseed rape or canola.