Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Nov 16 06:23:04 CET 2006

PUTTING THE PEA INTO PADDOCK - Putting experimental field pea lines into the
paddock and testing how they stack up in terms of stem strength and disease
resistance is how Dr Cameron Beeck will give growers a return on his recent
GRDC supported Bureau of Rural Sciences award.


The GRDC originally supported his PhD at the University of WA, when he
worked on black spot resistance in field pea.


"Black spot and poor harvestability severely limit adoption of field pea
where it would boost soil nitrogen, provide a disease break and help control
weeds to lift subsequent wheat crop yields," Dr Beeck said.


"This award allows me to evaluate my previous research and help direct
future research into basic plant breeding and I appreciate that the GRDC
sees value in that."


GRDC Pulse and Oilseed Breeding Manager, Brondwen MacLean, congratulated Dr
Beeck after he received his award at Parliament House and said field pea's
soil adaptability and relative drought tolerance made it an ideal legume for
up to half a million hectares of southern Australia, but black spot slashed
yield by 20-40 per cent.

Contact: Dr Cameron Beeck, Tel 08 9285 8087


DRY ARGUMENT - WA no-tillage growers will need to re-think stubble
management practices this harvest after the driest start to the season on
record has already left many paddocks bare and likely to leave others thin
on stubble.


Correct management practices at harvest will be vital to minimise water and
wind erosion to reduce the break down of what stubble there is during


WA No-Tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA) extension officer, Mike Ashworth,
said growers will be assisted in the management of their stubble this year
by findings of a three year GRDC supported WANTFA study.


The WANTFA Best Bets package, developed with GRDC support, provides growers
with practical ways to more easily retain stubble at harvest and seeding.

Contact: Michael Ashworth, Tel 08 9622 5584


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