[ASC-media] WHEN TO WATCH WEEDS/VALUE ADDING A BULK COMMODITY:GRDC Grain Flashes
brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Dec 6 06:51:14 CET 2006
WHEN TO WATCH WEEDS - With harvest in full swing, the GRDC supported WA
Herbicide Resistance Initiative (WAHRI) reminds growers that weed
management, especially when it comes to herbicide resistance, is ongoing.
Harvest is the perfect opportunity to target weed seed production and,
ultimately, reduce the problem next year.
GRDC supported WAHRI researcher, Dr Michael Walsh said concentrating
windrows into narrow bands, while harvesting, enabled burning at a higher
temperature, due to the greater fuel load.
"This more effectively kills weed seeds, resulting in fewer weeds
germinating the following year.
"Collecting and removing with a chaff cart is another weed seed reduction
method," he said.
Contact: Dr Michael Walsh, Tel 08 6488 7872
VALUE ADDING A BULK COMMODITY - Like all WA graingrowers, David Fulwood is
aware of the need to lower the costs of producing wheat, but he also wants
to focus his attention and that of his fellow growers on choosing to be bulk
commodity growers or adding real value to part or all of their production.
As the 2005 GRDC Nuffield Scholar says, "cost of production must be cut very
fine when selling a bulk commodity such as wheat."
Using auto-steer on his family's Cunderdin farm, he faithfully follows
well-worn tramline tracks to save fuel and avoid spray and seeding overlap
and won't waste fertilisers where they won't work.
He's now started looking at marketing to see if there's a price premium for
traceability, or brands that say something distinguishable about produce.
Mr Fulwood's GRDC Nuffield travels took him to the UK, Ukraine, USA, Japan,
China, Canada and New Zealand, where he assessed a range of branding and
Contact: David Fulwood, Mob 0419 041 444
Authorised by Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
and issued on its behalf by
Brendon Cant & Associates, Tel 08 9384 1122
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