How did you do on #bugronomy?

For a fortnight from the 14th September, BCG ran an insect identification quiz on twitter as part of the GRDC funded ‘Supporting the sustainable use of insecticides and local on-farm implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies in the GRDC southern region’ project. BCG posted two pictures each day with an attached poll to anonymously provide a response to the […]

Integrated Pest Management – A Case Study Geoff and Bronwyn Hunt- Normanville

SnapshotProperty: Merriwa Pastoral Company Owners: Bronwyn and Geoff Hunt; Karen, Bill and John Fenton Area: 1484 hectares, 1436ha cropping Location: Normanville, Victoria Average annual rainfall: 320 millimetres Soil types: duplex, clay loam over clay Soil pH: 8 to 8.5 Crops grown: Scepter wheat, Spartacus barley, Stingray canola, Hurricane and Jumbo 2 lentils, Winteroo oats for hay, Morgan and Twilight field peas for hay  It’s spring 2019 and Normanville grain grower Bronwyn Hunt is marching up and down the rows of Hurricane lentils and Scepter wheat, vigorously swinging a sweep net in search […]

Blackleg upper canopy trial

Photo taken at the main site yesterday. Hyola 350TT punching out its first flower, the rest of the plot is well and truly bolting. This plant is part of a trial looking at upper canopy blackleg infection from different times of sowing, sown April 9… it’s just too early.  Good example of the need to […]

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