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  • Improving harvester set-up an ongoing conversation
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 23 Jan 2022
    Improving harvester set-up an ongoing conversation

    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.

  • Protein monitoring sharpens the nitrogen picture
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 04 Nov 2021
    Protein monitoring sharpens the nitrogen picture

    A great season is helping to kickstart variable-rate nitrogen practices, although water use efficiency remains the number one goal

  • Novel analysis to improve utility of on-farm research
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 13 Oct 2021
    Novel analysis to improve utility of on-farm research

    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.

  • Benefits of precision seed placement
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 10 Aug 2021
    Benefits of precision seed placement

    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.

  • Tips for using a modified one-way plough for soil mixing and inversion
    Precision Agriculture and Machinery, 05 Aug 2021
    Tips for using a modified one-way plough for soil mixing and inversion

    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.

  • 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.

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