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Author: Dr Sue Knights

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  • Multi-skilled team gets the edge on climate
    Multi-skilled team gets the edge on climate
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 03 Aug 2021

    A mix of tertiary qualifications and off-farm experience together with the latest crop genetics and precision planting techniques are being used by the Watson and Swift families to inform their cropping management practices in the volatile rainfall area near Parkes, NSW.

  • Ground-truthing long coleoptile wheats
    Ground-truthing long coleoptile wheats
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 28 Jul 2021

    Long coleoptile wheats are being regionally tested to provide agronomic and farming systems guidelines for growers to use to improve wheat production under a changing climate and increased enterprise size.

  • Are long coleoptile wheats an early sowing game-changer?
    Are long coleoptile wheats an early sowing game-changer?
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 26 Jul 2021

    Changing climate and increasing enterprise size are driving the need for new plant traits that maximise yield potential under these changing conditions. The long coleoptile trait is one example.

  • Forecasts fortified for decision-making confidence
    Forecasts fortified for decision-making confidence
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 18 Jun 2021

    Comparative report cards for international climate models will provide agriculturally relevant comparisons of their effectiveness to forecast for agricultural metrics. And new Bureau of Meteorology products are being test-driven by growers to help make more-informed climate-related decisions.

  • Potassium intrigue after sandy soils amelioration
    Potassium intrigue after sandy soils amelioration
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 27 May 2021

    Amelioration of Western Australia’s sandy soils is showing that the practice can improve potassium availability and points to the need for further changes in potassium management practices to improve crop yields.

  • School still in for residue management
    School still in for residue management
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 20 May 2021

    Crop residue management is vital in water-limited and erosion-prone cropping environments where no-till has become an important part of cropping practices. The Western Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association long-term trial has amassed 12 years of data, which is now providing valuable insights to improve residue management.

  • Ripper Gauge evaluates soil amelioration treatments
    Ripper Gauge evaluates soil amelioration treatments
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 19 May 2021

    A coordinated statewide project evaluating a suite of amelioration techniques on less-commonly ameliorated soil types in Western Australia is showing site-specific success and recommending growers should trial techniques before widescale application.

  • New residue management practice delivers
    New residue management practice delivers
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 15 May 2021

    Cropping in the higher rainfall regions of Western Australia brings its challenges in respect to residue management, but the Heggatons near Kojonup are fine-tuning their practice with many benefits including improved water use efficiency.

  • New tool aligns climate models with on-farm decision making
    New tool aligns climate models with on-farm decision making
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 27 Mar 2021

    The AgScore project puts different seasonal climate systems under the microscope to better understand which models might offer skilful forecasts up to six months into the future. The project asks ‘How good is the forecast?’ not just in terms of rainfall, but the potential to use the model data to forecast yield and other productivity metrics related to on-farm decision making.

  • Long-term no-till trial delivers data legacy
    Long-term no-till trial delivers data legacy
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 24 Mar 2021

    A long-term trial undertaken by the Western Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association has not only provided significant insights for growers into the principles of conservation agriculture practices, but also added to the international science base and trained future systems-thinking scientists.

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