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Manage stubbles without compromising the 'big things' – weeds, disease, pests and timeliness! - 14 August 2018

Following a GRDC review that identified gaps regarding the impact of stubble retention in southern cropping systems, a five-year program was initiated by GRDC in 2013. Ten projects comprising 16 farming systems groups and research organisations which include BCG, CSIRO, CWFS, EPARF, Farmlink Research, Hart Field Site group, ICC, LEADA, MFMG, MSF, Riverine Plains, SARDI, UNFS, VNTFA, Yeruga Crop Research were involved in exploring the issues that impact on the profitability of retaining stubbles across a range of environments in southern Australia. …More…

Managing frost risk - 19 July 2018

Frost occurs on clear nights in early spring when the air temperature drops to 2°C or less. Crop damage from frost may occur at any stage of development but is most damaging at or around flowering. …More…

Researchers say harvest weed seed control has potential in Virginia - 02 July 2018

Virginia Tech weed scientists are examining cover crops, planting timing and a management practice called "harvest weed seed control" that comes out of Australia and removes or kills weed seeds that are retained on weed plants at the time of harvest. …More…

Windrow burn could curb sclerotini - January-February 2018

In addition to being an effective harvest weed-seed-control (HWSC) strategy, preliminary research suggests narrow windrow burning of canola stubble may also help manage sclerotinia stem rot. The preliminary findings come from trials conducted in Western Australia by the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM), jointly supported by Curtin University and the GRDC, and in collaboration with the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI). …More…

Opportunities and challenges for harvest weed seed control in global cropping systems - 28 November 2017

The opportunity to target weed seeds during grain harvest was established many decades ago following the introduction of mechanical harvesting and the recognition of high weed‐seed retention levels at crop maturity; however …More…

Arkansas Weeds: Get Off the 'Resistance Treadmill,' Say Weed Scientists - 28 February 2017

Looking for a cheap, easy, mechanical solution for those problem weeds in your soybean fields? Weed scientists say you might try narrow windrow burning. About 300 from the agriculture industry, including farmers, extension agents and consultants, heard weed scientists from four states describe research and strategies for managing weeds that have developed resistance to the most-used herbicides. …More…

Is narrow windrow burning the next big weed control system? - 29 September 2016

Looking for a cheap, easy, mechanical solution for those problem weeds in your soybean fields? Weed scientists say you might try narrow windrow burning. …More…

Resistance strangling global crops - 15 March 2016

KILLING chemical resistant weeds to help feed the world’s rapidly expanding population is a humanitarian pursuit motivating the new Herbicide Innovation Partnership, says global herbicide resistance expert Professor Stephen Powles. …More…

Harvest Weed Seed Control – An Alternative Method for Measuring the Soil Seedbank - March 2016

Weed resistance to common herbicides has become an epidemic in Arkansas agriculture. …More…

Windrow burning - tips from the experts - February 2016

Doug Smith and his wife Kerry from Pingrup have been narrow windrow burning for weed seed control for over 10 years. They have taken windrow burning to a scientific level and developed a unique set of guidelines for windrow burning to ensure good weed control without major fire escapes. Here are their tips. …More…

Harvest weed seed control: ryegrass seed retention levels in south-eastern Australia wheat crops - September 2015

Herbicide resistant weeds are a major impediment to Australian grain production and solutions to this problem are required. One of the newer methods used …More…

Think global - August 20, 2014

“Herbicides are as important to global food production as antibiotics are to human health” - Professor Stephen Powles. More…

Windrow burning - a good place to start - October 14, 2013

The best option to maximise the weed seed bank is to harvest high and spread all of the weed seeds evenly over the paddock. This will give you something to spray next year. More…

Harvest weed seed control tactics needed - 25 September 2013

WEED control is more important than ever this season, particularly as some areas are experiencing higher than usual weed burdens, such as Western Australia, in the lead up to harvest. More…