issue 166, september october 2023
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Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-09-06T09:00:00+10:00
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry estimates that the top 40 exotic pests and diseases could cost the broadacre and horticulture crop industries up to $29.3 billion in losses and put jobs at risk. Learning how to recognise the signs of damaging pests and diseases is probably the most important tool in on-farm biosecurity practices and is crucial to protecting crops and Australia’s grains industry.
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-09-05T09:00:00+10:00
AgResearch, one of seven Crown Research Institutes in New Zealand, has announced it is expanding its genetically modified and gene-edited grasses research and development program. Field trials of the GM ryegrass have been undertaken in the United States, due to the ban on GM crop commercialisation in New Zealand.
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-09-04T09:00:00+10:00
Southern region growers who are battling acidic soils have been given the latest insights into remediation techniques and technology at a workshop in South Australia. The workshop presented trial results and research findings from the ‘Acid Soils SA’ project that is funded by GRDC and led by the South Australian Research and Development Institute.
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-09-01T09:00:00+10:00
South Australian Wimmera grower David Kuchel, whose properties on either side of the SA–Victorian border experience reliable rainfall of about 450 millimetres per year, has long struggled with extremely variable pH.In recent years, paddock mapping of soil acidity levels has proved a game changer. David is now able to grow crops in paddocks where he previously could not, and enjoys increased yields due to much-reduced soil pH variability.
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-08-31T09:00:00+10:00
A major risk factor for non-communicable diseases and early mortality is a diet low in wholegrains. Despite the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommending the inclusion of four to six serves of grain foods daily, mainly from wholegrains, most Australians do not eat the recommended amount.
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-08-30T09:00:00+10:00
The first detection of stripe rust on 7 July this year was about nine weeks later than in 2022; then, it was first detected on 20 May and one of the worst stripe rust epidemics experienced in eastern Australia ensued. Reports of stripe rust after the first detection this year have come from Bethungra, NSW (14 July); Tubbul, NSW (20 July); Smeaton, Victoria (20 July); Naracoorte, South Australia (24 July); and Cressy/Longford, Tasmania (26 July).
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-08-29T09:00:00+10:00
The Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre Sydney has long supported the Australian grains industry with highly regarded analytical services that help underpin consumer confidence in grain food products. Playing a hidden but vital role is the National Association of Testing Authorities – the authority that gives AEGIC Sydney its official laboratory accreditation.
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-08-28T09:00:00+10:00
Dispersive soils present a multitude of issues – poor permeability, high soil strength, surface crusting, waterlogging, alkaline pH, salinity and boron toxicity. When managing these soils, the aim is to get enough water into the soil profile to leach transient salinity deeper into the soil profile and, in doing so, increase the plant-available water. For decades, gypsum has been the ‘go-to’ treatment to improve soil structure and soil water-holding capacity on dispersive soils.
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-08-25T09:00:00+10:00
The Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre has appointed Courtney Draper as executive general manager to lead the organisation. Before joining AEGIC in 2022 as market insights manager, Ms Draper held senior roles with the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in agribusiness and trade development.
Issue 166, September-October 2023 - 2023-08-24T09:00:00+10:00
GRDC’s Hyper Yielding Crops research has confirmed the varieties, nutrition and fungicide treatments required for growing high-yielding wheat