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  • For the love of corn: driving innovation and precision cropping
    Southern, 29 May 2024
    For the love of corn: driving innovation and precision cropping

    Victorian grower Ray Thornton is addicted to growing corn, and although the crop is more widely known as maize, he is quick to point out that he grows corn, the grain, not maize for silage.

  • Testing time for maize fertilisers to optimise yields
    Southern, 28 May 2024
    Testing time for maize fertilisers to optimise yields

    When the results of recent GRDC trials suggested re-evaluating fertiliser rates, it prompted Victorian maize grower Ray Thornton to set up an unofficial trial to test rates on his property at Waaia. The recent trials were conducted as part of the GRDC ‘Optimising Irrigated Grains’  project, which included three maize trials at Kerang, Victoria, and three at Finley in southern New South Wales from 2020 to 2023.

  • Strong yields open new chapters in cereal story
    Southern, 01 Apr 2024
    Strong yields open new chapters in cereal story

    In his first year in the GRDC Hyper Yielding Crops program, sixth-generation Tasmanian beef producer and grower achieved the highest-yielding crop of wheat in Australia. The yield came with plenty of rainfall over his 330ha enterprise, but it was also aided by agronomic practices he employed as part of the program.

  • Engagement in trials creates a cereal contender
    Southern, 29 Mar 2024
    Engagement in trials creates a cereal contender

    Encouraged by a record-breaking wheat yield achieved as part of the 2022 GRDC Hyper Yielding Crops program, Tasmanian grower Hamish Yaxley has increased his overall cereal planting by 40 per cent and is now experimenting with new cultivars. He has been impressed by the results with a new, slow-maturing winter wheat variety.

  • Trial site lifts growers’ eyes beyond current yield benchmarks
    Southern, 30 Oct 2023
    Trial site lifts growers’ eyes beyond current yield benchmarks

    Closing the yield gap hinges on multiple management factors. South Australian grower Bruce McLean explains how he did it

  • Motivated grower surprised to take out SA award
    Northern, 26 Oct 2023
    Motivated grower surprised to take out SA award

    What did Sam Ballantyne and his family do to grow a hyper-yielding crop?

  • New technique provides insights on liming requirements
    Southern, 04 Sep 2023
    New technique provides insights on liming requirements

    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.

  • Precision liming takes variability out of the equation
    Southern, 01 Sep 2023
    Precision liming takes variability out of the equation

    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.

  • Incremental approach to drainage brings cropping dividends
    Southern, 06 Jun 2023
    Incremental approach to drainage brings cropping dividends

    Rob and Jo Bradley share how an incremental approach to drainage and sustainable farming led to improved cereal crops in Longford, Tasmania.

  • Planting lentils to boost profitability and benefit cereal crops
    Southern, 14 Mar 2023
    Planting lentils to boost profitability and benefit cereal crops

    With its typically warm winters and absence of frost, Barry Mudge’s farm at Port Germein, South Australia, is well-suited to lentils. Even in less-than-ideal years they can withstand poor conditions and remain profitable.

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