With the 2017 cropping season shaping as a high risk year for barley leaf rust and wheat leaf rust in Western Australia, it is not too late for growers to control regrowth from last season’s crops that can harbour rust pathogens.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is helping grain growers build their technical knowledge and professional skills by offering funding support for group study tours.
A second year of oat trials were planted in Western Australia recently to confirm preliminary research findings of variability in the tolerance among varieties to the fungal disease Fusarium crown rot.
A third-generation Darling Downs farmer and Nuffield Scholar has taken steps to curb the cost of colour downgrades in cotton, which each year strips the industry of millions of dollars in profits.
Understanding the key factors driving crop yield has reaffirmed time of sowing (TOS) as the main driver, endorsing the long-held practice of planting cereal crops within their optimum sowing window to maximise potential.
The development of new and improved barley varieties is set to be accelerated, after the complete barley genome was recently mapped by an international consortium, which included Western Australian scientists.
In a major step forward for Australian farmers, new research from the US will result in a significantly quicker sorghum breeding process.
Western Australian growers are regaining control over herbicide resistant weeds, including wild radish, through the widespread adoption of integrated weed management systems.
Australian farmers are at risk of missing out on a global boom in “crop probiotics”, because lax regulations make it less likely the supplements they buy to boost their crops will actually work.
Scientists have for the first time discovered insecticide resistance in redlegged earth mite (RLEM) in the southern cropping region.