Riverine Plains Blog

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Choosing a nitrogen strategy

Key messages

  • It’s important to always have a nitrogen application strategy for your crops, but be prepared to be flexible and change in response to the seasonal conditions  
  • There are many nitrogen strategies, including seasonally responsive, replacement and nitrogen banking strategies, which each have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to work with your agronomist to determine which one will best suit
  • Deep soil nitrogen testing is an essential tool to understand the nutrients you have in the bank 
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Farming Digital: using integration to create efficiencies on-farm

Key messages

  • using apps with the ability to integrate with other farm hardware and software can save time inputting data and provide decision making benefits
  • yield maps can often be hard for farmers to access in time to make management decisions; apps such as Bayer’s FieldView can help solve this by providing live, remotely accessed, and shareable data via a cloud-based system
  • local farmers that tested the FieldView app liked its ability to map farming operations, and that results were available in real time; the high level of data collection can also be integrated with other management software systems for further business insights and planning for upcoming seasons
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Canola is susceptible to damage by slugs

Understanding your slug risk this season

Key messages

  • seasonal conditions have been conducive to slug survival and population build-up over the past several years
  • slug monitoring should start in the spring prior to sowing canola, to better understand the risk
  • No one method of control is effective in destroying slug populations and growers should consider a range of control strategies as part of an integrated pest management strategy
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Reducing the risk of cereal yield losses from Fusarium crown rot

Key messages:

  • Four consecutive good seasons, along with stubble retention and tight cereal rotations have favoured a build-up of Fusarium crown rot in the Riverine Plains region
  • High levels of Fusarium crown rot can cause significant yield loss, so assess the risk now by sampling last years’ cereal stubble or by using Predicta®B DNA soil testing
  • Integrated management options will reduce the risk of yield loss from Fusarium crown rot and other root diseases
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What does the 4G upgrade mean for my farm?

Key messages

  • the 3G network is being switched off in 2024 in favour of 4G and 5G networks
  • on-farm electronic devices that rely on 3G technology will need to be upgraded to continue functioning
  • there will be costs involved in upgrading, so it’s important to be prepared and know where to get assistance
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