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Detection of Russian wheat aphid

The exotic pest - Russian wheat aphid - has been found for the first time in Australia in cereal crops in SA's mid-north. Grain growers and agronomists are asked to monitor emerging crops.
Mallee grower Allen Buckley has lifted the health of soils on his Waikerie, South Australia, farm. Image: Rebecca Jennings
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Allen's life quest to nurture living soils

It has been 20 years since Allen Buckley became an early adopter of no-till farming in the Mallee. Today, the Waikerie, South Australia, grower says it is an ongoing journey to maintain healthy soils and ground cover and increase yield
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GrowNotes for southern region

The GRDC has released three new winter cropping GrowNotes for the southern region.

GrowNotes incorporate the latest research findings and management advice for growers and advisers.
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When rainfall’s low, good break can bring rich rewards

Mallee Sustainable Farming agronomist Michael Moodie says trials have demonstrated that where issues such as weeds, declining soil fertility and root disease have been affecting wheat yields, -introducing a break crop into the rotation can mitigate those issues in following seasons.
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Sheep and cattle could be enclosed by virtual fences

Having the power to move and monitor animals from a smartphone might soon be a reality for farmers.

Virtual fences are a potential game-changing technology for farmers, giving them the ability to move and contain cattle digitally without the use of a physical fence.