Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Aug 2 07:20:03 CEST 2006

DRY ARGUMENT IN THE NORTH - Wide rows and low seeding rates can reduce the
impact of a winter drought on wheat crops on some soils in WA's northern
agricultural region (NAR).
"Very wide rows of 600mm and low seeding rates at 30kg/ha can reduce stress
from a July/August drought in the NAR on sandy clay loam about 500mm deep,"
Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) senior researcher, Dr Paul
Blackwell said.
He said National Landcare Program sponsored and GRDC supported research at
Pindar showed reduced early biomass and inter-row water used from wide rows
and low seeding rates helped tiller survival, reduced head damage and led to
heavier grain.
"This resulted in 180-380kg/ha or 14-30 per cent better yield with wide rows
and low seeding rates, while grain quality also benefited," Dr Blackwell
Contact: Dr Paul Blackwell, Tel 08 9956 8537
TRAVEL TALK - Grains industry individuals or small groups planning travel
that may benefit the Australian grains industry should visit the GRDC
website HYPERLINK "http://www.grdc.com.au/"www.grdc.com.au for a GRDC Travel
Award Application.
Applications are invited twice a year, with the next closing date September
29, for travel from January to June 2007.
Successful applicants receive 75 per cent of their approved funding
up-front, with the remainder paid on return after a final travel report is
submitted to the GRDC and approved.
GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading said the awards aimed to benefit the
Australian grains industry by helping recipients expand their knowledge for
individual and collective growth.
"As WA is Australia's biggest grain producing state and home to some very
progressive individuals and grower groups, these awards will help ensure it
continues to benefit from access to the best information," Mr Reading said.
Contact: Sonia Yanni, Tel 02 6272 5525
 Authorised by GRDC and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant & Associates,
Tel 08  9384 1122 


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