Production technologies

To spray or not to spray: new app for mungbean disease management

A new app has been developed to help mungbean growers across Queensland and NSW better manage the problematic disease powdery mildew…Read More

Grain Central, December 3, 2019

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

Wind-shattered grain left in paddocks could trigger mouse threat

Strong winds that knocked grain on to the ground prior to harvest in SA and Victoria have provided a food source for mice which could increase in numbers ahead of 2020 crop sowing programs…Read More

Grain Central, January 22, 2020

New detection technologies and site-specific control advance fight against weeds

Ask a WeedSmart Expert THE power of the WeedSmart Big 6 really ramps up when the tactics are applied in a site-specific way. The broad-brush approach of herbicide application has..Read More

Greg Condon, AHRI and WeedSmart southern agronomist, January 22, 2020

Cotton and cars spin a rich history for Toyota

By walking into a Toyota museum in Nagoya, you can get a startling insight into the development of the cotton-processing industry, for that is where the automotive giant began…Read More

Liz Wells, January 17, 2020

Search for drought-tolerant chickpeas gathers pace

Researchers are employing novel technology to speed their search for genetic material to develop drought-tolerant chickpeas…Read More

Grain Central, January 17, 2020

Bollworm won’t wait until spring to hit grain crops

Scientists have busted the myth that bollworm won’t infest grain crops until spring, finding the pest can strike anytime from early August…Read More

Grain Central, January 16, 2020

Pigeonpea needs integrated weed management

As an emerging crop of importance to the grains and livestock industries, researchers have begun the task of investigating the agronomic requirements of pigeonpea in the Australian environment…Read More

Cindy Benjamin, WeedSmart, January 14, 2020

Drought alters agronomists’ roles while wait for rain continues

While drought in NSW and southern Qld continues to limit cropping activity, agronomists are being kept busy working with their clients to make the most of the next significant rainfall…Read More

Liz Wells, December 20, 2019

Bankless, siphonless irrigation makes every drop count

Bankless irrigation systems that water fields from both ends with tailwater backup are creating greater water use efficiencies and achieving higher, more uniform crop yields than conventional siphon-fed systems…Read More

Neil Lyon, December 20, 2019

Does soil delving have a place in the east?

Delving or mixing a clay-based subsoil into a sandy topsoil is a practice that has benefited many grain growers in WA, but does the same approach yield results for lighter soils in southern NSW?..Read More

Grain Central, December 13, 2019

Drought drags cotton production to decade low

The Australian cotton sector is facing its toughest outlook in more than a decade, as ongoing drought slashes local production prospects to just 735,000 bales in the 2019/20 season…Read More

Grain Central, December 12, 2019

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