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Author: Clarisa Collis

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  • Common and curious pests unmasked
    Common and curious pests unmasked
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 20 Sep 2020

    University of Melbourne postgraduate student Josh Douglas has helped demystify the factors contributing to pest outbreaks and crop damage that could help guide management options for growers. Dr Douglas examined four insect species as part of his PhD thesis, co-invested by GRDC and CSIRO, from 2014 –19. These pest species included the Portuguese millipede, a species of slater called the common pill-bug, redlegged earth mite and blue oat mite.

  • Timely safety lessons emerge from header fire
    Timely safety lessons emerge from header fire
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 16 Sep 2020

    Mallee grower Ian Hastings has devised a new system to enable fire-fighting from the safety of the tractor cabin, instead of standing in the paddock, after he was seriously injured fighting a blaze in a barley crop on his family's property during harvest last year. The Hastings family – Ian, Cathie, Michael and Megan – crop about 4600 hectares at Ouyen in north-western Victoria.

  • Hyper-yield push moves to mainland HRZ
    Hyper-yield push moves to mainland HRZ
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 14 Sep 2020

    Growers have the opportunity to host on-farm trials, join networks and participate in awards as part of a new hyper-yielding crops research project. The research effort aims to push the yield boundaries of wheat, barley and canola in high-rainfall cropping areas across five states.

  • On-farm trials highlight hyper-yield potential
    On-farm trials highlight hyper-yield potential
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 24 Aug 2020

    Findings from the hyper-yielding cereals project, including on-farm trials, have seen the Clutterbuck family adopt new high-performance wheat and barley cultivars on their property at Hagley in north-central Tasmania. The Clutterbucks - James, Sarah, Peter and Helen - hosted trials at 'Summerhill Farms' from 2016 to 2019 to test the research findings from experimental plot trials as part of the project.

  • New benchmarks lift yield aspirations
    New benchmarks lift yield aspirations
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 21 Aug 2020

    The hyper yielding cereals project led by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) Australia, in collaboration with Southern Farming Systems, has identified new high performance cereal cultivars and agronomic strategies to lift the productivity and profitability of irrigated feed wheat and barley crops in Tasmania.

  • Gene discovery raises waterlogging hope
    Gene discovery raises waterlogging hope
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 20 Aug 2020

    Long-term research at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture could see Australian growers access barley cultivars containing a new gene for waterlogging tolerance in the next three years.

  • Simple but intensive model lifts farm production
    Simple but intensive model lifts farm production
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 18 Aug 2020

    A new ethos emphasising simplification and intensification has led to major change in the Seears family’s mixed-farming operation at Lucindale, South Australia.

  • Bespoke approach to break crop selection in southern LRZ
    Bespoke approach to break crop selection in southern LRZ
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 13 Jul 2020

    New findings recast break crop performance in rain-limited southern farming systems.

  • High-tech sentinels advance national crop pest management effort
    High-tech sentinels advance national crop pest management effort
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 10 Jul 2020

    iMapPESTS project releases sophisticated prototype machines for multi-sector pest surveillance

  • Companion cropping one of five soil health-sensitive measures at Pontifex Farming
    Companion cropping one of five soil health-sensitive measures at Pontifex Farming
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 09 May 2020

    The Pontifex family grow a mix of companion crops on SA mainland and island properties.

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