The week that was: Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6

The week that was: Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6

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Mingenew grower Brett Broad with his weed wiper machine. PHOTO Evan Collis

Mingenew grower Brett Broad with his weed wiper machine. PHOTO Evan Collis

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Take a look at the top five stories you read this past week.

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There was plenty happening across the Australian grains industry over this past week.

Here, we take a look back at the top stories you read from Sunday, June 30 to Saturday, July 6.

Serradella sprouting from a seed pod. PHOTO Evan Collis

Serradella sprouting from a seed pod. PHOTO Evan Collis

Weed wiper attacks tall weeds for WA grower: According to the old saying, 'necessity is the mother of invention', and this was exactly the situation for the Broad family, of north Mingenew in Western Australia's northern agricultural region, when they were figuring-out a way to spray broadleaf weeds in their serradella crop.

The Broads have a mixed cropping and livestock enterprise and pasture legumes are an important part of their cropping rotation.

In fact, the Broads hope to plant almost 3000 hectares to Margurita serradella (PBR) in the next six to eight years, so managing in-season weeds was a critical part of the business plan.

For Brett Broad and his father Ian, the solution was a weed wiper machine that could wipe the taller plants with herbicide, while avoiding low-lying serradella. Read the full story here.

Wheat is being bred in South Australia to mimic GM traits found to increase yields by 50 per cent in glasshouse studies. PHOTO The University of Adelaide

Wheat is being bred in South Australia to mimic GM traits found to increase yields by 50 per cent in glasshouse studies. PHOTO The University of Adelaide

'Over expression' of three wheat genes linked to yield gains: The potential to significantly increase wheat yields has been demonstrated in South Australian trials - of experimental genetically modified (GM) wheat lines.

These lines 'overexpress' three wild-type plant genes, either individually or in combination, and were developed to test whether targeting individual wheat genes could lead to improvements in yield.

In greenhouse studies, yield gains from the best performing lines were in the range of 32 to 50 per cent, compared to the same germplasm lacking the GM trait. Read the full story here.

Kate Burke, of Think Agri, who will be co-delivering the GRDC Opportunity for Profit workshops across Victoria in July. Photo: Kate Burke

Kate Burke, of Think Agri, who will be co-delivering the GRDC Opportunity for Profit workshops across Victoria in July. Photo: Kate Burke

GRDC 'Opportunity for Profit' workshops roll out at Lake Bolac, Avoca, Sale and Wodonga: Growers in the Lake Bolac, Avoca, Sale, Wodonga and neighbouring regions are about to be given an insight into what makes the top performing grain-growing businesses in southern Australia so successful.

According to a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) research investment, the top 20 percent of grain businesses are retaining 30pc of turnover as net profit, while the average business is retaining closer to 10pc.

So, what are these top businesses doing differently to achieve this? Four GRDC 'Opportunity for Profit' workshops at Lake Bolac on Monday, July 15, Avoca on Tuesday, July 16, Sale on Wednesday, July 17, and Wodonga on Thursday, July 18, will offer the answers and enable local growers to better understand the profit drivers in their own businesses. Read the full story here.

Tom Mifsud, West Wolfgang, Clermont, chatting with GRDC Managing Director Steve Jefferies and Peter Mifsud, Wandina, Clermont, at the Emerald event.

Tom Mifsud, West Wolfgang, Clermont, chatting with GRDC Managing Director Steve Jefferies and Peter Mifsud, Wandina, Clermont, at the Emerald event.

Digesting latest Central Queensland research at GRDC breakfast: An opportunity to hear what research is happening and what is on the drawing board for Central Queensland drew more than 85 grain growers, farm advisers and industry stakeholders to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Growers' Breakfast held as part of the AgGrow Field Days in Emerald in recently.

A key attraction for many attendees was the opportunity to hear directly from the GRDC's Managing Director Dr Steve Jefferies. Read the full story and see the gallery here.

 GRDC Grower Relations Manager Susan McDonnell said the Dealing with the Dry forums being organised across NSW aim to deliver practical advice to growers on difficult subjects, such as how to talk to your bank manager about debt. Photo GRDC.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager Susan McDonnell said the Dealing with the Dry forums being organised across NSW aim to deliver practical advice to growers on difficult subjects, such as how to talk to your bank manager about debt. Photo GRDC.

Dealing with the Dry: Farm management options during and after drought forums roll out across northern NSW: Firsthand experience of drought and an understanding of the toll it can take on farming businesses, bank balances and emotional well-being was the catalyst for a series of Dealing with the Dry: Farm management options during and after drought forums being run across northern New South Wales next month.

Initiated by Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grower Relations Manager Susan McDonnell the forums aim to deliver practical advice ranging from how to talk about debt with your bank manager, to accessing government services and identifying and supporting mental health issues.

Read the full story here.

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