Riverine Plains Blog

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Crop Management

Preventing herbicide resistance from reducing your grain yields

 Key Messages

  • weed herbicide resistance levels are continuing to increase across the Riverine Plains region
  • it’s important to monitor resistance, especially to post-emergent chemicals and glyphosate
  • weed seeds can be collected from problem paddocks for resistance testing
  • adopting an integrated weed management strategy, or methods from ‘The Big 6’, will ensure farmers stay on top of weed control issues
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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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Optical spray technology: Can it reduce costs & improve spray efficiency?

Key messages

  • optical spray technology can offer dramatic savings in chemical, diesel and labour use
  • green-on-brown (fallow) and green-on-green (in-crop) technologies are proving themselves with Australian farmers and can have a fit for all cropping operations
  • low-cost options are available, with drones also having the capability to map and spray weeds across large areas
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