Riverine Plains Blog

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Crop management

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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