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.
Locust activity across Western Australia’s cropping regions seems to be diminishing as cooler weather sets in, although they still pose a background threat to young, green, emerging winter crops in some pockets.
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.
The spread of an invasive agricultural and environmental weed has been prevented in Western Australia by an observant bushwalker, who noticed Noogoora burr in the Joondalup Nature Reserve in northern Perth.
It has been a frustrating start to the winter crop sowing season for Western Australian growers with most of the state holding good sub-soil moisture levels, but not receiving enough rain to wet sow or link up with the big percentage of dry-sown crops that have gone in.
Scholarships of up to $30,000 are available to farmers and innovators in the agriculture and aquaculture sector under round two of a Western Australian program to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the agrifood sector.
Crop grazing in late autumn and early winter can be a useful tactic to expand crop area and/or increase livestock numbers to boost whole farm profits.
The CBH Group has announced it is exploring the potential for a new receival site at Roelands, near Bunbury, to enhance services to growers in the region.
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.