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  • Prize to test novel frost intervention feasibility
    Frost Management, 13 May 2022
    Prize to test novel frost intervention feasibility

    Mitigating frost in cropping systems is complex, but there may be a new tool available in the future through some creative thinking on behalf of two young scientists. Jaco Zandberg and Samantha Harvie from the University of Western Australia are investigating a novel way to disrupt the action of ice nucleating bacteria. The proof-of-concept study is being supported by a Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 2022 Science and Innovation Award won by Mr Zandberg and provided by GRDC.

  • Frost physiology knowledge base grows
    Frost Management, 11 May 2022
    Frost physiology knowledge base grows

    GRDC takes a multi-pronged approach to supporting Australian growers in the crop production decisions they make. Training scientists for the future is key to its capacity building agenda and an example is Mr Brenton Leske, who since completing his PhD at the University of Western Australia, embedded in the GRDC’s former National Frost Initiative investment and supported through DPIRD’s postgraduate scholarship program, has now returned to DPIRD to co-lead the frost research, developing frost management knowledge and tools for growers.

  • Trials assess soil nitrogen carryover after frost or heat
    Frost Management, 09 May 2022
    Trials assess soil nitrogen carryover after frost or heat

    A new research project is underway to give Western Australian growers a better understanding of the conditions and soil types under which nitrogen is carried over from one season to the next.

  • Peer-to-peer frost learning focuses on risk zones
    Frost Management, 26 Aug 2021
    Peer-to-peer frost learning focuses on risk zones

    Frost is a complex cropping constraint to manage but growers have benefited from sharing their experiences through pre-seeding workshops in Western Australia. The major focus was on zoning paddocks according to their frost risk and managing them accordingly.

  • Paddock maps track Jack Frost
    Frost Management, 23 Jul 2021
    Paddock maps track Jack Frost

    A new model-based system developed by CSIRO researchers enables growers to map frost movement over paddocks. Minimum temperature maps of paddocks offer the chance to bring damaging frost episodes into clearer focus on a farm scale.

  • Oats to be supercharged as GRDC ups the ante
    Frost Management, 17 Mar 2021
    Oats to be supercharged as GRDC ups the ante

    As Gary Lang’s highest profit earner and with reasonable frost resistance, oats have become a regular part of his cropping rotation at Wickepin in Western Australia. This drives Gary’s keen interest in GRDC’s announcement of a comprehensive boost to oat improvement.

  • Strategic approaches to managing frost risk and impact
    Frost Management, 14 Mar 2021
    Strategic approaches to managing frost risk and impact

    GRDC frost workshops to be held in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania will cover all frost-related considerations for growers.

  • Structure seeding programs to minimise frost risk
    Frost Management, 11 Mar 2021
    Structure seeding programs to minimise frost risk

    ConsultAg consultant Garren Knell cautioned growers not to enter the 2021 cropping season with a false sense of security about frost after experiencing minimal frost damage in 2020.

  • Develop a personalised frost plan at workshops
    Frost Management, 19 Feb 2021
    Develop a personalised frost plan at workshops

    Grain growers will be able to tailor their frost management plans after attending a series of pre-seeding frost workshops in March.

  • Lipid composition clue to frost tolerance
    Frost Management, 07 Sep 2020
    Lipid composition clue to frost tolerance

    Researchers are starting to unlock the secrets of how frost-tolerant wheat varieties cope with the cold, with the identification of a biochemical pathway unique to frost-tolerant varieties. The finding by a GRDC-invested CSIRO project opens the door to new possibilities for phenotyping.

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