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Canola variety performance in 2017

Take home messages Pioneer® 43Y92 (CLF), Pioneer® 44Y90 (CLF), NuSeed Diamond (Conv) and Pioneer® 44Y24 (RR) were the highest yielding varieties at Longerenong. The most profitable herbicide group was CLF at Longerenong, and TT in the Mallee. In the Wimmera, the top yielding CLF, RR and Conv varieties were all equal to each other, with […]

Livestock and farming systems – 2017 summary

2017 was a generally good year on the ground for livestock. Pastures established well after soaking rains in April and green feed remained in good supply despite variable rainfall over the following months. Coming after the wet spring in 2016, this also meant that growers achieved sound lambing percentages. Prices were also very positive. The […]

Pest and disease management – 2017 summary

If there was one pest that consistently made headlines and caused headaches in 2017, it was mice. High stubble loads and abundant food sources over summer meant that mouse activity started off high and quickly had an impact on many crops. Issues with bait supply and the cost involved with repeated baiting right through the […]
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Stubble nutrient loss from summer rainfall

Take home messages Rainfall over the summer fallow period will cause nutrient leaching from stubbles. Stubble crop type determines initial value of stubble and what may be leached due to rainfall. It is important to consider other loss pathways such as microbial breakdown and volatilisation as well as leaching when calculating stubble nutrient value following […]

Cop nutrition – summary 2017

The main challenge with crop nutrition in 2017 was, as always, getting it right in the face of uncertainty! With initial conditions varying widely between paddocks after 2016’s exceptional season, the importance of understanding your own situation and tailoring crop nutrition to suit was never more apparent. At the start of the season, historically low […]
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Weed management – 2017 summary

2017 inherited a generally high weed burden from 2016 and delivered the right conditions for them to flourish if left unchecked. In the Mallee, the increase in area sown to pulses has brought with it increased numbers of weeds like sow thistle, fleabane, and prickly lettuce. Ryegrass is an ongoing issue, especially in the Wimmera, […]
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Agronomic practices – 2017 summary

2017 presented its fair share of challenges that made agronomic decision making far from straight forward. Stubble management at sowing was an initial struggle for many growers after the bumper crops last year and made for a very smoky April despite a lot more reluctance from growers than in the past. The big stubble load […]
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Varieties and their management – 2017 summary

The early break in 2017 got crops across the Wimmera and Mallee off to a flying start. Seasonal conditions ultimately favoured early and early to mid-maturity types – a turnaround from 2016, where long season varieties were a better match for the rainfall pattern. In terms of barley varieties, Compass was on the nose for […]
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Durum viability in the Wimmera

Take home messages Top grade durum (DR1) was achieved at the site and had a significantly higher return than bread wheat when trying to maximise economic returns of yield and protein. Scepter and Beckom were the highest yielding varieties in the trial. All other varieties did not yield differently from each other when 150kg/ha urea […]
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Can soil organic matter be increased in a continuous cropping system in the low to medium rainfall zone?

Take home messages After three and five years of treatments no increase in soil organic carbon could be demonstrated at any of the eight sites tested. It was demonstrated that soil organic carbon is very unlikely to increase with current farming practices. But we do know that no-till and stubble retention protects the soil from […]

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