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Pulse seed coat and zinc fertilisers in lentils

Take home messages In two years, no yield benefit was found from zinc fertiliser or pulse seed coat when used on a pulse crop going into a situation with reasonable starting nitrogen levels. Growers are advised to make sure they test products under their own systems by utilising test strips for side-by-side comparison to avoid […]
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Plant growth regulator use in barley: chasing optimal timing

Take home messages Know your growth stages. Application timing of plant growth regulators (PGRs) in barley could prove key at harvest. Understand the lodging risk of your varieties prior to PGR application, it may not be necessary. Nitrogen application rate had no effect on PGR application response in barley. Background 2016 was an exceptional season […]

Managing early sown wheat

Take home messages March to April sown winter wheats performed comparably to main season spring wheats. Optimal time of sowing for winter wheats was late March to mid April. Early sowing may present opportunities to increase overall farm profitability by spreading the sowing window without excessive risk of frost and heat. Longsword (RAC2341) failed to […]

Lentil herbicide tolerance

Take home messages There are limited herbicide options that are safe to use on lentils, particularly on sandy soils. Off-label herbicide use can lead to significant crop damage and yield loss. Application rate and timing are key factors to reducing herbicide damage in-crop. Background As the inclusion of pulses in cropping rotations increases, and with […]
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Calculating the ROI for the use of a stripper front in the Mallee

Take home messages Capital value improvement of $61,000 by using the stripper front. The cost per rotor hour of the machine increased as the capital cost went up and the number of hours decreased. There was a 24% reduction in fuel usage and a 16% reduction in labour costs. Harvest was completed on average two […]

Stubble management and limitations for frost prone landscapes

Take home messages Reducing stubble loads can reduce the severity and duration of frost events under certain conditions. However, under the situation of multiple and severe frost events the influence of stubble is less defined and stubble reduction does not reduce risk. In the Mallee, most stubble management practices carried out prior to seeding to […]

Gibberellic acid and grazing in oats

Take home messages Current knowledge about the effects of gibberellic acid application to oats is limited. In 2016 gibberellic acid had no impact on biomass or feed quality of oats. Exceptional growing conditions and a mild winter may have reduced effects of gibberellic acid. Background Gibberellic acid (GA) is a naturally occurring plant hormone. Plants […]

Canola shatter reduction with PodGuard®

Take home messages Varieties with the PodGuard® trait were better able to withstand pod shattering in an extreme event than varieties that did not contain the trait. PodGuard® canola can help with harvest logistics as it gives confidence to windrow when almost mature or direct head with no desiccation, without fear of large shattering losses. […]

Plant Growth Regulator use in Barley

Take home messages Plant growth regulator (PGR) use increased barley yields in a year of high rainfall. Combining PGR applications with fungicides has the greatest benefit on yield. Two applications of PGR at GS31 and 37 increased yield by 14.4 per cent above standard practice. Background Barley varieties have different characteristics and growth habits which […]

Effect of canola seed size on crop development and yield

Take home messages There was no yield difference between small and large sized canola seeds in any of the varieties tested. Small-seeded ATR Bonito had significantly lower establishment than the large-seeded ATR Bonito and the small and large seeded hybrid varieties. Background Seed size in canola can be highly variable, even in certified seed which […]

Making every dollar count: seed coating, foliar zinc and gibberellic acid in lentils and vetch

Take home messages Pulse seed coating and zinc foliar applications had no impact on final grain yield. Gibberellic acid (GA) did not benefit the hay or grain yield of vetch, but in lentils there was a significant yield loss, even though harvestability was potentially improved. Growers need to make sure that every dollar spent provides […]
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