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  • Workshops help growers begin PA journey
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 22 Jul 2021
    Workshops help growers begin PA journey

    Knowing where to start is often the hardest part for those considering precision agriculture, which GRDC-supported workshops are aimed at addressing

  • Precision planting study yields encouraging results
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 18 Apr 2021
    Precision planting study yields encouraging results

    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.

  • How to minimise wind erosion after soil amelioration
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 15 Dec 2020
    How to minimise wind erosion after soil amelioration

    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.

  • Improving crop establishment in non-wetting soil
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 09 Dec 2020
    Improving crop establishment in non-wetting soil

    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.

  • Knife-point benefits vary when alleviating compaction
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 01 Dec 2020
    Knife-point benefits vary when alleviating compaction

    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.

  • Pros and cons of deep ripping on an angle
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 05 Sep 2020
    Pros and cons of deep ripping on an angle

    Deep ripping on an angle can improve machinery trafficability in many situations, as well as boosting crop emergence. But there is a price to pay in terms of machinery wear and tear.

  • ‘Greenness’ indicates tolerance in wheat varieties
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 14 Aug 2020
    ‘Greenness’ indicates tolerance in wheat varieties

    Tools that measure a crop’s ‘greenness’ could help breeding programs to select wheat varieties tolerant to the root lesion nematode, Pratylenchus thornei. Researchers from the University of Southern Queensland have been testing a Greenseeker® to measure the normalised difference vegetation index of wheat varieties that range in tolerance to P. thornei.

  • Measuring to make a change
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 23 Oct 2019
    Measuring to make a change

    Calculating grain losses and making machine adjustments could save thousands of dollars and help growers avoid leaving profits in the paddock.

  • Insights into one-way disc ploughs
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 20 Oct 2019
    Insights into one-way disc ploughs

    One-way disc ploughs are a low-cost alternative to mouldboard ploughs for soil amelioration. As they have more components, they require more time to optimise but may be used on a greater range of soil types than mouldboard ploughs.

  • Know your fire safety code
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 15 Oct 2019
    Know your fire safety code

    Industry bodies and fire authorities are encouraging growers to know the details of their voluntary harvest code of practice to ensure fire safety across South Australia and Victoria.

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