Southern, 20 Nov 2021
Jock Binnie likes to grow faba beans because of their relative tolerance to waterlogging compared with other grain legumes, and their capacity to lift the grain yields of following wheat crops.
Southern, 15 Nov 2021
Cereals play an important break crop role for a Tasmanian vegetable grower, but they are not without their challenges. For years, growers from the state’s north-west have faced production constraints growing wheat and barley in a high-rainfall environment which has thwarted the consistent supply of cereal grains to domestic feed grain markets.
Southern, 19 Oct 2021
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.
Southern, 29 Sep 2021
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.
Southern, 28 Sep 2021
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.
Southern, 27 Sep 2021
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.
Southern, 07 Sep 2021
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.
Southern, 22 Jun 2021
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.
Southern, 15 Jun 2021
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.
Southern, 07 Jun 2021
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.