Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed May 10 18:13:20 EST 2006

GROWING WITH THE CLIMATE – Arming growers with tools to proactively deal
with climate change is the aim of the Managing Climate Variability Program,
chaired by Hyden grower and GRDC Western Panel Chairman, Dale Baker.
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"Growers in low rainfall areas make 80 per cent of their profits from the
best three years in 10. Taking advantage of good years, using forecasting
tools, can add $200,000 to farm incomes in those years, potentially saving
similar amounts in bad years," Mr Baker said.


He said the Program is developing more accurate and timely seasonal
forecasting tools.


“The Program focuses research and development activities to develop tactical
decision making and adapt agricultural and natural resource management
practices to Australia's unique circumstances.”

Contact: Dale Baker, Mob 0427 913 980


IN FAVOUR OF FABA - After yields topped three tonnes per hectare in 2005,
faba beans are attracting renewed interest.


While new varieties, Farah and Cairo are expected to deliver better disease
protection from chocolate spot, ascochyta and cercospora, the GRDC is
supporting 12 DAFWA evaluation trials to identify new sources of disease


Meanwhile, Pulse Australia is linking with grower groups to define areas
where new varieties are best suited.


Pulse Australia's Alan Meldrum said the trials would target Gnowangerup,
Frankland, Moora and Irwin.


"With appropriate disease resistance and agronomic management, WA's faba
crop could build towards 50,000 hectares," he said.

Contact: Alan Meldrum, Tel 08 94540383

Authorised by GRDC and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant & Associates,
Tel 08  9384 1122 


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