Production technologies

Tweaking genes in wild plants can create new food crops

CRISPR gene editing has opened up new opportunities for developing higher performing crops, but as a society we need to work out how such technology and plants will be regulated to ensure safety and acceptability…Read More

James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis, University of Queensland, November 4, 2019

Smart irrigation model predicts rainfall to conserve water

A predictive model developed by Cornell University is designed to help irrigators make more informed decisions about when and how much to irrigate…Read More

Grain Central, August 9, 2019

Nasty spring cuts Australian canola forecast 21pc to 1.9Mt: AOF

A dry spring in all but mainland Australia’s southernmost growing areas has prompted a 21-per-cent cut in the Australian Oilseeds Federation tonnage estimate for the canola crop now being harvested…Read More

Grain Central, November 18, 2019

Genetic breakthrough to improve blotch resistance in wheat

New wheat varieties with improved tolerance to the fungal disease Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) are a step closer, with the discovery in WA of suitable wheat germplasm and several resistant genes…Read More

Grain Central, November 15, 2019

World’s first metabolism-based glyphosate resistance

Scientists have found the world’s first case of metabolism-based resistance to glyphosate in samples of barnyard grass taken from the Ord River region of Western Australia…Read More

Peter Newman, AHRI, November 14, 2019

How can I implement the ‘mix and rotate’ strategy to combat herbicide resistance?

Mixing and rotating herbicide modes of action is a key strategy in controlling troublesome weeds, but it must be implemented within a diverse weed management program…Read More

Tony Lockrey, AMPS Agribusiness consulting agronomist, November 14, 2019

Cereal killer’s deadly touch could lead to new wheat threat

Scientists have uncovered the origins of the world’s deadliest strain of cereal rust disease which threatens global food security…Read More

Grain Central, November 13, 2019

Improving soil health with manure and cover crops: Nuffield

Dryland farmers looking to ensure ongoing profitability amid challenging terms of trade can improve their soil’s health, water holding capacity and water use efficiency through the strategic use of manure and greater crop diversity…Read More

Grain Central, November 12, 2019

Sydney to host 2020 World Congress on Oils & Fats

Those with an interest in broadacre oilseeds can find out how their extracts compare with those from horticultural, plantation and even marine sources at the 2020 World Congress on Oils and Fats to be held in Australia next year…Read More

Liz Wells, November 11, 2019

Safeguard canola with a fertiliser rate check

A simple check on fertiliser rates may be the difference between delayed or reduced crop emergence and achieving target plant populations this season…Read More

Grain Central, May 14, 2019

Canola blackleg breakthrough set to deliver new varieties

Researchers have identified genetic regions which could be used to develop new canola varieties with durable resistance to blackleg disease…Read More

Grain Central, May 7, 2019

RR canola out-returns OP TT in WA trial

A large-scale trial in Western Australia, which compared open pollinated triazine tolerant (OP TT) canola to Roundup Ready (RR) canola, has demonstrated a $105 per hectare benefit for RR over OP TT…Read More

Grain Central, March 18, 2019

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