Mallee Farming Systems (MSF) trials on non-wetting sands consistently show that the increased surface soil moisture, crop establishment, crop biomass and crop/brome competition effects achieved through edge-row sowing can reduce brome grass seed set.
In the light of increasing herbicide resistance in many weeds, strong crop competition is required to do more of the ‘heavy lifting’ within an integrated weed management program.
Farmers in 2018 looking to manage weeds and the threat of herbicide resistance are spoilt for choice when it comes to harvest weed seed control with seven tools to choose from.
Anecdotal evidence of the value of chaff heaps as a stock feed has proven that there is money to be made from using chaff heaps, and probably chaff lines, as a summer feed source for sheep.
A group of growers on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is using a range of tactics from the WeedSmart Big 6 in their integrated weed control programs to reduce the impact of herbicide resistance.
Australian crop and weed agronomy will be taken into the future with the opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory at The University of Western Australia (UWA) on Tuesday as well as the appointment of a new director to lead the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).
Integrated Weed Management, including the correct use of herbicides and other effective agronomic and non-chemical tactics, is crucial for managing wild oats,
The critical period for weed control (CPWC) idea suggests that any weeds that germinate within the CPWC window should be controlled soon after germination to stop them reducing crop yield.
Agricultural engineers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) are developing ways to boost the resolution and detail of crop imagery taken by over-flying drones to match the higher levels achieved by ground-based imagery methods.
Some Western Australian growers may need to be particularly vigilant about post-emergent weed control this season given numbers of germinating weeds could be high in certain regions following recent rainfall.