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Author: Clarisa Collis

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  • Hay enterprise provides risk buffer for crops
    Hay enterprise provides risk buffer for crops
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 15 Jun 2021

    Flohr and Co – a farming partnership between Lou Flohr and Andy Hunt, and Lou’s parents Gary and Janet Flohr – has built a hay enterprise that provides important refuge from seasonal risk at Lameroo in South Australia's Mallee region. The hay enterprise has also lifted the overall productivity and profitability of the 4500-hectare mixed farm business which, in turn, has facilitated cropping expansion.

  • Southern push into summer legumes
    Southern push into summer legumes
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 29 May 2021

    Alternative legume options are opening the door to summer cropping in southern farming systems.

  • Glyphosate-resistant ryegrass challenge
    Glyphosate-resistant ryegrass challenge
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 21 May 2021

    Random weed surveys identified glyphosate resistance in ryegrass plants collected from 27 per cent of paddocks in south-eastern South Australia and 40 per cent of paddocks in south-western Victoria in the 2020 season. Herbicide resistance specialist Dr Peter Boutsalis explored the “significant increase” in glyphosate-resistant annual ryegrass at the 2021 GRDC Grains Research Update in Adelaide.

  • Deep thinking drives machinery development
    Deep thinking drives machinery development
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 18 May 2021

    The Vennings - Todd, Brad and David - purpose-built a subsoil manuring machine from 2019 to 2021 to improve the structure of duplex brown soils, particularly the heavy clay subsoil, on their family farm at Hamilton, Victoria. The novel machine aims to remediate the soil structure with two particular functions – deep ripping and deep placement of organic matter.

  • On-farm test spurs novel machine
    On-farm test spurs novel machine
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 17 May 2021

    Todd and Brad Venning have built a novel subsoil manuring machine to ameliorate waterlogging-prone soils on their property near Hamilton, Victoria.

  • Protein gap drives Asian grain demand
    Protein gap drives Asian grain demand
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 16 May 2021

    Singapore-based Jean-Yves Chow from Mizuho Bank explored the “Asia protein gap”, in which the region’s demand for protein (mainly meat, grain and oilseeds) outstrips supply at the 2021 Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) Asia.

  • New herbicide classification system
    New herbicide classification system
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 23 Apr 2021

    Australia’s approach to herbicide mode of action (MOA) classification is being updated to align with the new international system. Australian growers can expect to start seeing herbicide labels showing a new mode of action classification system from early 2022.

  • ‘Lucky’ Phil urges powerline safety
    ‘Lucky’ Phil urges powerline safety
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 13 Apr 2021

    Queensland grower Phillip Crocker has implemented measures to improve electric powerline safety following a spate of incidents on his family’s farm at Muckadilla.

  • Fire adversity turned to opportunity
    Fire adversity turned to opportunity
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 06 Apr 2021

    South Australian grower Steve Jaeschke has turned the adversity of a fire into an opportunity for intensive soil amelioration works on his family's farm near Bordertown. The Jaeschkes' amelioration program includes clay spreading, delving, spading and deep ripping. It has not only remediated charred non-wetting sands, but also lifted the overall productivity and profitability of the family's farm business since the fire in 2018.

  • The road trip that delivered feats of clay
    The road trip that delivered feats of clay
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 30 Mar 2021

    From testing the waters to full immersion, South Australian grower from Karkoo, Scott Crettenden, recounts his clay spreading journey from novice to becoming his region’s principal contractor. Scott ameliorated non-wetting sands with a Claymate machine developed specifically for clay spreading as part of a contracting business on SA's Central Eyre Peninsula. Scott estimates the business spread clay on about 12,000 hectares of the region's water-repellent sands between 1997 and 2003.

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