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issue 170, may june 2024

This page shows the articles in issue 170, may june 2024 of GroundCover. As articles are developed and published online, the list below will grow until all articles are available.

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  • Deep ripping and topsoil inclusion: a case study at paddock scale
    Deep ripping and topsoil inclusion: a case study at paddock scale
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-19T09:00:00+10:00

    Case studies enable a detailed consideration of complex issues, and this is what Bindi Isbister and a team from the DPIRD have taken to a deep-ripped paddock near Geraldton. The aim was to examine plant performance down the ameliorated profile to give direction to future ripping operations.

  • Insights to inform water repellent soil management
    Insights to inform water repellent soil management
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-18T09:00:00+10:00

    Professor David Henry and his team from Murdoch University are combining new capabilities in computational chemistry with conventional analytical chemistry to identify the compounds causing water repellency in Western Australian soils. This information will enable the development of targeted, novel soil amendments.

  • Proactive approach to weeds takes time
    Proactive approach to weeds takes time
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-17T09:00:00+10:00

    Having the time to be proactive is one of the challenges when managing weeds for Peter Bach, who farms 1000 hectares near Pittsworth in south-eastern Queensland, with his wife, Kylie. Peter employs multiple tactics to keep on top of ryegrass, barnyard grass, feathertop Rhodes grass and Johnson grass but says other on-farm jobs often pull him away from weeds and the need to be on top of them constantly.

  • Barley proves to be a cereal contender
    Barley proves to be a cereal contender
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-14T09:00:00+10:00

    Better frost tolerance combined with new malt market options is reaffirming Peter and Kylie Bach’s decision to choose barley as their winter cereal.

  • Inaugural focus session provides a taste of careers in grains
    Inaugural focus session provides a taste of careers in grains
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-13T09:00:00+10:00

    As the job market becomes increasingly more competitive, and especially in Western Australia where grains and mining recruitment compete, industry bodies are exploring means to attract graduates to their sectors. This was the thinking behind an inaugural ‘careers in grains’ focus session chaired by GRDC director Bob Nixon at the February GRDC Updates in Perth. Tertiary and postgraduate students were supported by the Mt Burdett Foundation to attend both the session and the first day of the Updates.

  • Strategies to maximise groundcover following deep tillage
    Strategies to maximise groundcover following deep tillage
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-12T09:00:00+10:00

    Agronomic practices post strategic deep tillage are being refined by a team of Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development researchers across four port zones in Western Australia. The research points to the importance of the timing of the operation, choice of variety and seeding rates to maximise ground cover and minimise soil erosion loss.

  • Project targets chickpea expansion into acid soils
    Project targets chickpea expansion into acid soils
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-11T09:00:00+10:00

    Since acid sensitivity prevents chickpea cultivation on large swathes of grain growing regions, a project that screened for acid-tolerant germplasm and rhizobia will deliver substantial benefits to growers when chickpea varieties with acid soil tolerance are released

  • $42m diagnostics initiative to bolster grains biosecurity
    $42m diagnostics initiative to bolster grains biosecurity
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-10T09:00:00+10:00

    A new five-year National Grains Diagnostic and Surveillance Initiative will use state-of-the-art technology and processes to improve Australia’s ability to rapidly detect and accurately diagnose exotic pests and plant diseases. The $42 million national biosecurity initiative is set to transform the effectiveness and responsiveness of Australia’s grains biosecurity system.

  • Unearthing insights – how amelioration affects weed management
    Unearthing insights – how amelioration affects weed management
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-07T09:00:00+10:00

    Insights into the diverse effects of tillage on weed ecology, seed burial patterns and herbicide performance after strategic deep tillage are better informing weed management. GRDC supported research with DPIRD is pointing to more informed weed management practices to help ensure the longevity of strategic deep tillage amelioration.

  • New researchers given experience to present at the Perth GRDC Updates in a ‘snapshot’ session
    New researchers given experience to present at the Perth GRDC Updates in a ‘snapshot’ session
    Issue 170, May-June 2024 - 2024-06-06T09:00:00+10:00

    A novel ‘snapshot’ session at the Perth GRDC Updates gave seventeen early-career scientists the opportunity to hone their communication and presentation skills in an industry context.

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