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  • Fire fright leads to emergency lift
    Southern, 19 Oct 2021
    Fire fright leads to emergency lift

    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.

  • Chilled-out award winner reaches for new yield heights
    Southern, 29 Sep 2021
    Chilled-out award winner reaches for new yield heights

    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
    Southern, 28 Sep 2021
    Agronomic finesse underpins winning crop

    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.

  • Inoculant development a key to growing pulses on acidic soils
    Southern, 27 Sep 2021
    Inoculant development a key to growing pulses on acidic soils

    Bungeet, Victoria, growers John and Peter Alexander have grown a variety of pulses since starting with lupins in the late 1970s. They participate in GRDC’s Southern Pulse Extension Dookie Pulse Check discussion group, which connects like-minded growers who are happy to share their experiences.

  • Irrigation and drainage investment help maximise HRZ yields
    Southern, 07 Sep 2021
    Irrigation and drainage investment help maximise HRZ yields

    Managing waterlogging has become one of the keys to combining grain growing with more-traditional vegetable production on the Cole family’s farm at Cressy, Tasmania. Draining wet paddocks allows for a more-flexible farming regime in northern Tasmania, where cereals can more than pay their way alongside crops such as potatoes and peas.

  • Hay enterprise underpins crop expansion
    Southern, 22 Jun 2021
    Hay enterprise underpins crop expansion

    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.

  • Hay enterprise provides risk buffer for crops
    Southern, 15 Jun 2021
    Hay enterprise provides risk buffer for crops

    Flohr and Co – a farming partnership between Lou Flohr and Andy Hunt, and Lou’s parents Gary and Janet Flohr – has built a hay enterprise that provides important refuge from seasonal risk at Lameroo in South Australia's Mallee region. The hay enterprise has also lifted the overall productivity and profitability of the 4500-hectare mixed farm business which, in turn, has facilitated cropping expansion.

  • Dodging frost a numbers game
    Southern, 07 Jun 2021
    Dodging frost a numbers game

    The statistics behind sowing and flowering times guide South Australian grower James Venning’s approach to frost avoidance. A small portion of his land on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is subject to frost, and it is this area that has been the focus of his recent experiments with new wheat varieties.

  • New equipment improves crop establishment for Crystal Brook grower
    Southern, 20 May 2021
    New equipment improves crop establishment for Crystal Brook grower

    Farming on the sandy clay loams of Crystal Brook, the Sargent family have been early adopters of no-till farming since 1999 and believe that crop establishment is key for success.

  • Crop establishment learnings from the Wimmera
    Southern, 20 May 2021
    Crop establishment learnings from the Wimmera

    For the Rethus family, who farm around Horsham, good crop establishment is critical for success.

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