Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Mar 23 12:26:02 EST 2006


WORRY LESS - Many southern WA canola growers should worry less about when
they apply nitrogen fertilisers and concentrate more on how much they apply,
according to the Jerdacuttup TopCrop and Pasture Improvement
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The grower group teamed with United Farmers regional agronomist, David
Eksteen to compare the timing and placement of nitrogen on sandy gravel
soils and found little difference between applications at seeding and


"Yields grew to two tonnes per hectare by applying nitrogen at the premium
rate of 60 kilograms per hectare, which provided the greatest
return-on-investment. That yield improvement was aided by efficient nitrogen
absorption due to supplementary zinc and manganese treatments," Mr Eksteen


The trial was conducted through the GRDC supported Agribusiness Trial
Extension Network, which encourages agribusiness consultants to work
directly with local growers.

Contact: David Eksteen, Tel 08 9072 0888



GM PERFECT BEDMATE - Canadian farmer Scott Day told 180 delegates at the
GRDC-supported 2006 WANTFA Conference that genetically modified (GM) canola
greatly improved the ability to zero till.


"There are no effective broad spectrum options for weed control in
conventional canola under a zero till system," he said.


"GM canola and the firm, moist seed-bed of a zero till field is a perfect


"The expansion of zero till and adoption of GM canola have gone hand in hand
across western Canada.


"With over 95 per cent of western Canadian canola acres containing some sort
of GM trait, it's obvious farmers are choosing them for a variety of reasons
and that they are very beneficial to western Canadian farmers," Mr Day said.

Contact: Dr Ken Flower, WANTFA, Tel 08 9622 5584.




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