When soil nitrogen levels started to become a limiting factor in South Australian grower Robin Schaefer’s cereal performance, he began to look for alternative sources.
A cropping evolution is gathering momentum across the Mallee region as growers increasingly fine-tune their rotations to increase the role of break crops in lifting productivity and profitability
The use of approved herbicides for the purposes of weed control must be carried out in accordance with herbicide labelling instructions, which require grain growers to follow written label directions.
As a part of the agreement between Mallee Sustainable Farming and Grain Growers Limited, MSF members who purchase a GrainVantage portable NIR monitor can nominate MSF to receive a $300 rebate.
Mallee Sustainable Farming agronomist Michael Moodie outlined the results of research into break crops at the GRDC Grains Research Update held at Wudinna.
Research is demonstrating the potential for sowing strategies to significantly improve crop productivity on sandy soils in the southern cropping region.
Grain growers in low rainfall parts of the southern cropping region can potentially lift profitability by including one or two-year break phases in their rotations.
Follow up surveys by PIRSA Biosecurity SA and SARDI entomologists has since identified numerous infested sites.
Growers are encouraged to seek advice from their local agronomist, GRDC, Grain Producers Australia or the Agriculture Victoria website about how to manage this pest in cereal crops.