Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 23 Jan 2022
More than 600 growers attended GRDC-invested harvester set-up forums during 2021. The forums provided information and discussion around preventable harvester losses, improvements in efficiency and output, calibrating harvester technology, reducing the risk of harvester fires and methods of harvest weed seed control.
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 04 Nov 2021
A great season is helping to kickstart variable-rate nitrogen practices, although water use efficiency remains the number one goal
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 13 Oct 2021
Innovative analysis is enabling more accurate interpretation of large-scale trials to inform management decisions. Combining yield maps, drone information, gross margins and potential more data will lead to vastly improved decision making for growers.
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 10 Aug 2021
Paddock and grower surveys have been used to understand growers’ use of precision sowing techniques with a focus on field-based trials in the southern and western regions. Potential benefits have been identified to improve crop stand uniformity with reduced plant density and for cost savings for expensive seed.
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 05 Aug 2021
Soil inversion using a modified one-way plough may not be as effective as using a mouldboard plough. However, modified one-way ploughs can still do a good inversion job if the correct discs are used, the plough is set up correctly and paddock conditions are suitable.
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 22 Jul 2021
Knowing where to start is often the hardest part for those considering precision agriculture, which GRDC-supported workshops are aimed at addressing
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 18 Apr 2021
A three-year research project has been exploring the potential benefits of using precision planters in winter cropping programs. Precision planters are seeders designed to isolate individual seeds and place them at a precise spacing and depth within the seed row.
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 15 Dec 2020
Severe wind events in the Western Australian grainbelt in 2020, especially in May, demonstrated that wind erosion after summer/autumn soil amelioration is a serious problem. Both ameliorated and non-ameliorated paddocks blew, but community attention focused on recently ameliorated and exposed soil.
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 09 Dec 2020
Long-term fixes to non-wetting soils, such as inverting, mixing and claying by ploughing, spading, delving and clay spreading, are expensive and unlikely to be implemented across a grower's whole non-wetting area in one or even several seasons. Shorter-term and strategies can be used on some parts of the farm while growers simultaneously fix non-wetting issues using longer-term approaches on other areas of a property.
Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 01 Dec 2020
Benefits from using knife-points to alleviate compaction will be small and will vary with soil type, conditions, machine set-up and depth of compaction. They will not de-compact or mix soil as effectively as dedicated implements.