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Author: Clarisa Collis

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  • Fire fright leads to emergency lift
    Fire fright leads to emergency lift
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 19 Oct 2021

    Fire safety is top of mind for South Australian grower Michael Treloar this season after lightning sparked a small – but frightening – paddock fire on his Cummins property about two weeks into harvest in November 2020. Michael, who is also a GRDC southern panelist, urges growers across the country to prioritise workplace, health and safety during this year's harvest.

  • Lentil performance push in southern Australia
    Lentil performance push in southern Australia
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 14 Oct 2021

    Experimental lentil research exploring waterlogging tolerance, yield plasticity and growth-yield coupling helps to lift the pulse crop's performance across southern Australia.

  • Chilled-out award winner reaches for new yield heights
    Chilled-out award winner reaches for new yield heights
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 29 Sep 2021

    Victorian grower Ben Findlay produced the top-yielding wheat crop in southern Victoria in the 2020 Hyper Yielding Crops Awards. The sixth-generation grower received the award for growing a 31-hectare paddock of the RGT Accroc wheat variety that yielded 10.4 tonnes per hectare on his family’s ‘Heathfield’ farm at Weatherboard, 30 kilometres west of Ballarat, during the 2020 season.

  • Agronomic finesse underpins winning crop
    Agronomic finesse underpins winning crop
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 28 Sep 2021

    Weatherboard grower Ben Findlay received the ‘southern Victoria highest yield’ award for growing a 31ha paddock of the RGT Accroc wheat variety that yielded 10.4 tonnes/ha during the 2020 season. Ben explores the mix of variety selection and agronomic practices implemented on his family's farm in south-western Victoria that contributed to the award-winning wheat crop.

  • Safety-first storage helps avert farm accidents
    Safety-first storage helps avert farm accidents
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 26 Sep 2021

    Queensland grower and grain storage contractor Peter Anderson avoids workplace health and safety accidents with a safety-first rationale underpinned by commitment to safety protocols, infrastructure and equipment on his family’s grain storage facility at Kingsthorpe, near Toowoomba.

  • Two-step approach to high-performance pulses
    Two-step approach to high-performance pulses
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 22 Sep 2021

    Researchers are developing new agro-genetic packages for lentils and field peas that have potential to provide a step change in pulse productivity across southern growing areas.

  • Paddock maps track Jack Frost
    Paddock maps track Jack Frost
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 23 Jul 2021

    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.

  • New benchmark for spring-sown barley
    New benchmark for spring-sown barley
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 07 Jul 2021

    Experimental trials have shown the potential for spring-sown barley to yield more than 10 tonnes per hectare in Tasmania. This is the finding of a national trial program spanning five states as part of the GRDC-invested hyper-yielding crops (HYC) project, led by Field Applied Research (FAR) Australia.

  • Multi-pronged trials road test intercropping
    Multi-pronged trials road test intercropping
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 30 Jun 2021

    New research is examining the potential for intercropping – the age-old backyard practice of growing two or more crops together – in broadacre cropping systems across the southern grains region. The statewide Victorian study is road testing the productivity and profitability of several approaches to intercropping compared with monoculture cropping as part of the Victorian Grains Innovation Partnership (VGIP).

  • Hay enterprise underpins crop expansion
    Hay enterprise underpins crop expansion
    Author: Clarisa Collis, 22 Jun 2021

    A sophisticated export hay enterprise has provided a profitable, low-risk foundation for a South Australian family’s cropping expansion at Lameroo in the southern Mallee region. Grower, agronomist and GRDC southern region panelist Lou Flohr says the total farm area, including owned and leased land, has more than doubled from 2000 to 4500 hectares in the past five years.

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