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Growers in low rainfall areas with predominantly acidic soils have the potential to increase wheat yields by up to 30 per cent by combining lime and gypsum applications to their soils.
Western Australia's dynamic grains industry is set to benefit from a $48 million scientific research partnership between DPIRD and GRDC.
Smartphones are being trialled by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development researchers to more effectively track and combat crop pests.
The lessons learned from a decade of water repellent soils research in Western Australia will be profiled at the upcoming 2019 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Upd
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is winding up its harvest program, with the aid of a new, high-tech plot harvester.
Taking experimental measurements can be labour intensive and time consuming, in addition the methods chosen must be repeatable (regardless of operator) with small degrees of error.
The term 'residual' applies to a number of herbicides that have a long lasting activity in the soil. These herbicides are often applied directly to the soil prior to planting crops, pre-emergent.
In 2020 the Department is conducting over 300 Grains Research trials across the state from Kununurra in the north to Esperance in the south.
Grain growers considering expensive machinery investments to overcome soil compaction have been reminded to consult the Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) Calculator to help make informed decisions.
Grain growers with compacted sandy soils could achieve yield improvements of more than 35 per cent by using topsoil slotting plates in association with deeper ripping, according to recent research.