Nufarm Limited has reported underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of $128.7 million, underlying earnings before interest and tax of $85.0 million and net profit after tax of $20.0 million for the six months to January 31, 2017.
The European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has concluded that available scientific evidence has shown that glyphosate – the widely-used herbicide in Australian agriculture – should not be classified as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.
An increasing number of no-till farmers are reverting to an occasional, strategic tillage as the most cost-effective way of controlling hard-to-kill weeds in an era when herbicide resistance is on the rise.
Nozzle type is an important consideration when growers are weighing up spray drift risks, but there are other critical factors, according to an internationally renowned expert in the field.
Western Australian growers need to target herbicide and other control tactics to the correct weed species in both cropped and remnant areas this summer to benefit 2017 crops.
Spray drift incidents have flared in the summer cropping zone of eastern Australia as a late storm season triggers weed growth, prompting farmers to ramp up herbicide applications.
Ultra-narrow row configurations are showing promise as a technique for outcompeting with weeds.
A survey conducted across the northern grains region in 2014–2016 discovered that glyphosate resistant sowthistle is more widespread than previously thought.
After being apparently consigned to history by the clear advantages of reduced-tillage systems, tillage has reappeared in growers’ thinking as it becomes apparent that certain weeds are prospering under herbicide-only management.
Growers are becoming increasingly aware of the potential impact of herbicide resistance on their farming operations and are seeing the benefits that come from early and decisive action.