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Author: Dr Sue Knights

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  • Seed cleaning helps keep the lid on weed banks
    Seed cleaning helps keep the lid on weed banks
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 18 Dec 2020

    With herbicide-resistant weeds a continuing challenge, changes in weed spectrums, off-farm grain cleaning is an important tool in the IWM toolkit. This has been demonstrated by increased uptake of off-farm cleaning by Western Australian growers in surveys taken over a seven-year interval.

  • Addressing the crop sequence dilemma
    Addressing the crop sequence dilemma
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 14 Nov 2020

    Growing understanding of biological constraints is driving a rethink on matching crop sequences, that include pulses, to production systems and environments for the medium-rainfall zone of the Western Australia.

  • Sleeves-up search for the elusive pulse option
    Sleeves-up search for the elusive pulse option
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 02 Nov 2020

    Corrigin, Western Australia, grower Gavin Hooper is searching for a high-value legume that suits his low-rainfall cropping environment. Hooper and his family have been involved in several GRDC projects and other industry trials aiming to identify pulses adapted for their environment.

  • Native plants a novel ally
    Native plants a novel ally
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 19 Oct 2020

    A grain protectant, inspired by an insecticidal molecule found in Australian native flora, is soon to become part of the integrated pest management toolbox. Its low toxicity and new mode of action may provide growers with increased flexibility and profitability from being better able to optimise grain sales.

  • Dismantling barriers to change
    Dismantling barriers to change
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 17 Oct 2020

    An industry stocktake has determined that lack of knowledge and growers’ attitudes to risk might be impeding their involvement in pest management decisions and their adoption of new and novel integrated pest management approaches. Provision of pest knowledge and grower and adviser support, together with sustained RD&E, is critical to drive this change.

  • Program finds high levels of trust in growers
    Program finds high levels of trust in growers
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 13 Oct 2020

    The first year’s results from a landmark collaborative project across the Australian rural industries have shown high levels of community trust in grain growers. Areas of community uncertainty were also identified that provide opportunities for rural industries to further strengthen community trust to ensure the industry’s sustainability.

  • Pulse value chain set to be improved through adoption of digital image technologies
    Pulse value chain set to be improved through adoption of digital image technologies
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 12 Jul 2020

    Digital image technology set to bring improved accuracy and efficiency to pulse quality evaluation

  • 'Raising the pulse' road map provides clear signposts to 2030
    'Raising the pulse' road map provides clear signposts to 2030
    Author: Dr Sue Knights, 04 Jul 2020

    Future opportunities for Australian pulse growers in Pulse Australia Ltd. road map.

  • Risk analysis useful in determining investment in subsoil manuring
    Risk analysis useful in determining investment in subsoil manuring
    Author: Sue Knights, 20 Dec 2019

    Crop yield benefits and longevity are key factors in the economics of subsoil manuring.

  • Fungi and bacteria could play a role in ameliorating poor soil structure
    Fungi and bacteria could play a role in ameliorating poor soil structure
    Author: Sue Knights, 10 Dec 2019

    Microbiology is applied to unravel the role of fungi and bacteria in soil aggregates.

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