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AgLife| Burning a part of farming: David Jochinke

Victorian farmers leader David Jochinke is confident the benefits of widespread strategic paddock burn-offs across the region’s grain belt heavily outweigh costs.

Confidence boost after rain break

Heavy autumn rain has set the platform for another potentially productive Wimmera-Mallee grain-growing season and generated community confidence across the region.

Bait snails now before they multiply

Researchers are encouraging grain growers across southern Australia to bait for snails with the onset of moist autumn conditions before the pests start reproducing. Research suggests snails might be a significant problem in some areas this year as a result of above-average rain, high-yielding crops and subsequent large stubble load, in many parts of the […]

Investment in aphid research

Less than a year since the detection of Russian wheat aphid in Australian cereal crops, new knowledge is emerging from Grains Research and Development Corporation research. Now present in parts of Victoria, including the Wimmera, South Australia, Tasmania and southern New South Wales, the aphid, RWA, is the focus of an unprecedented level of GRDC-supported […]

Seed size matters

National herbicide-sustainability organisation WeedSmart has alerted growers that the size of sown seed can be important in managing herbicide resistance. It has listed crop competition as an important strategy in its 10-point plan, adding it was not all about row width and seeding rate. Wagga Wagga-based NSW DPI research and development agronomist Rohan Brill, along […]

Birchip Cropping Group trials to provide insight

Birchip Cropping Group’s sowing program started in mid-March and wheat and canola trial crops are now well established at the Longerenong research site as a result of irrigation.

Sturdy Miram black box judged best paddock tree

Wal Meyer’s black box, Eucalyptus largiflorens, is the March winner of Wimmera Landcare’s monthly Trees of the Wimmera competition. Last month’s competition called for ‘best paddock tree’. Wal is from Miram South, 10 kilometres east of Kaniva. He said the tree was ‘a beaut example of an old black box’ that always had a mushroom […]

Nervous wait for Longerenong College in international student bid

Education officials are likely to know within the next week if Longerenong College will be able to open its doors to international students.

Mouse risk at sowing

A leading Australian grains research organisation is advising graingrowers in Victoria and South Australia to be on alert for increased mouse activity. Grains Research Development Corporation has advised it expects significant economic damage at sowing time in some areas. Recent monitoring efforts funded by the corporation indicate mouse abundance is on the rise across both […]

Major award for Horsham grains scientist Surya Kant

Surya Kant at Grains Innovation Park. He has won a wheat research foundation award.

Horsham grains researcher Surya Kant’s can-do attitude has earned him this year’s Wheat Research Foundation Award. The award recognises an Agriculture Victoria Horsham staff member demonstrating outstanding achievement above and beyond expected work outcomes. Dr Kant, who has previously worked in Canada, Israel and India, arrived in Horsham six years ago and has played a […]

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