Optimising herbicide performance the aim of WA workshops

Training provided to up-skill advisers and growers in herbicide use

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GRDC herbicide behaviour workshops will be held in WA in August, addressing the science underpinning how herbicides work. PHOTO Mark Congreve

GRDC herbicide behaviour workshops will be held in WA in August, addressing the science underpinning how herbicides work. PHOTO Mark Congreve

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WA agronomists and farmers given access to herbicide experts at a series of workshops.

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Western Australian agronomists are being provided with further opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of how herbicides work, enabling them to provide advice to growers that will optimise the performance of herbicides on-farm.

GRDC herbicide behaviour workshops, to be delivered by Independent Consultants Australia Network (ICAN), will address the science underpinning how herbicides work.

Growers are also welcome to register to attend.

"Participants will gain a better understanding of the key factors dictating herbicide performance and what can be done in the paddock to ensure weed control is maximised," ICAN weed specialist Mark Congreve says.

"Weeds are one of the largest costs to grain producers and herbicide resistance is a key driver of increasing costs.

"When confronted with a range of weed problems and environmental conditions, the challenge is to optimise the results in the field."

To help growers and advisers achieve this objective, GRDC has also produced a series of 'Spray Application' videos with spray specialist Bill Gordon.

Value of training

A number of GRDC herbicide behaviour workshops have already been held in WA, and other Australian grain growing regions, this year and the feedback from participants has been positive.

One WA participant commented: "In such a short time, Mark did an excellent job of outlining all of the factors that affect herbicide efficacy and behaviour.

"What was particularly valuable was brushing up on pre-emergent herbicide behaviour.

"With the rise of multiple herbicide resistance, these modes of action are becoming increasingly important.

"Also, discussions on the impact formulations and salts have on uptake was also very informative.

"This workshop is a must for new and experienced agronomists alike."

Timely tips

Mark Congreve, of ICAN, says the herbicide behaviour workshops will be customised for each location to focus on regionally important herbicides and management issues.

Mark Congreve, of ICAN, says the herbicide behaviour workshops will be customised for each location to focus on regionally important herbicides and management issues.

Mr Congreve says knowing what weeds would be controlled from applying a herbicide was relatively easy - as the information was outlined on the product label - but more challenging questions included:

  • Why do herbicides perform or fail in some situations?
  • Why do critical comments on the label exist and how were they developed?
  • How do adjuvants and water conditioning agents work?
  • What should be used, when and why?
  • How does resistance affect different herbicides?
  • What strategies can be used as resistance emerges?
  • How do residual herbicides work and what influences their breakdown?

Mr Congreve says the workshops will cover these issues and be customised for each location to focus on regionally-important herbicides and management issues.

He says the small group workshops will each run for one-and-a-half days and participant numbers are limited to ensure active participation and discussion.

GRDC herbicide behaviour workshops in WA will be held at the following locations during the second half of this calendar year:

  • Geraldton - August 6 and 7;
  • Wongan Hills - August 8 and 9;
  • Merredin - August 12 and 13;
  • York - August 14 and 15

The cost is $165 (including GST) per workshop and the events start at 8.30am on day one and finish by lunch time on day two.

GRDC Research Code: 9176891

More Information: Mark Congreve, ICAN, 02 9482 4930, 0427 209234; http://bit.ly/2X4L5pJ.

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