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Pathways to Productivity

Save the Date - Thursday 15th February 2018, Keith Institute

 

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Reedy Creek Mid-SE Irrigators & MFMG Pasture Field walk ‘Messina & More’

Held Thursday 16 November 2017 starting at Avenue Range

 

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Good Clover Bad Clover

Oestrogenic clovers can significantly impact lambing percentages. Read the first of the fact sheets produced as part of this project and handouts from the October Sheep Field Day

 

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MFMG Conmurra Field Day

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Disease management in high rainfall cropping programs

Key Note Speaker Nick Poole, FAR Australia has researched Septoria and its developing resistance to fungicides. The Lower SE is more susceptible to disease pressure due to its wet (early) and humid (later) conditions. Septoria is primarily a rain, wet weather disease becoming less sensitive to products put on. It is harder to control than rust as it transfers between plant. SE Farmers can reduce disease pressure from Septoria by sowing mid May. Take home message - "Think of fungicides as the last line of defence not the first line of defence"!

 

Nick also spoke at the wheat trial plots. His first year research results from the GRDC Hyper yielding cereals project titled Improving wheat yields in Tasmania – how much can we do with agronomy versus germplasm? can be found here

 

Pushing the fodder boundaries

Kirk Brehaut, Heritage Seeds recommends getting to know your paddocks and their productivity. He says that it is important to choose a forage cereal that is fast to establish and quick to reach the first grazing stage. Winter forage cereals take pressure from grazing autumn and winter pastures and provide an opportunity for spring silage or hay. More information here

 

Harvest Weed Management Options

Felicity Turner, MFMG. Dave Frazer, Wise Farm Machinery

Controlling weeds at harvest is only one tool as farmers need an integrated weed management approach throughout the year. However there are things that you can do at harvest to aid weed management. For rye grass, chaff lining is one method as chaff dumps are where stock will primarily graze. Narrow wind row burning is limited to canola in the Lower SE as otherwise fire is big and hot. The MFMG study trip to Esperance WA in August heard that harvest efficiency is the key and you need to get your crop off as quickly as possible. 

The iHSD (Integrated Harrington seed destructor) is installed neatly into a combine harvester, rear of the seives, and processes the chaff fraction of harvest waste. It is highly effective against herbicide resistant weed populations killing weed seeds contained in harvest trash.

There were a couple of resources mentioned where further information around Harvest Weed Seed Capture methods can be obtained. One is  www.weedsmart.org.au

The other is  www.ahri.uwa.edu.au where you can subscribe to a fortnightly newsletter containing information around weed control and for further information on the iHSD go to  www.iHSD.com 

 

Understanding soil physical properties and its implications for crop and nutrient management

Dr Melissa Fraser, from PIRSA Rural Solutions SA says it's important to know your soils bulk density as this helps to make decisions when cropping or planting and can also help in making decisions about how to overcome physical constraints during dry years. For more information click here

 

 

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