Farmers: Have your say on the future of weed warfare
Mallee farmers are being encouraged to have their input into a strategy to better understand future weed control needs in low-rainfall zones.
The survey is part of a three-year GRDC-funded project that is investigating alternatives to chemical herbicides, including cover cropping, row spacing and direction, the use of chaff carts, and narrow windrow burning.
The five-minute online survey asks a range of questions about current and future weed control measures, seeding systems and crop types.
Mallee Sustainable Farming Executive Manager Stuart Putland says that survey is a chance for farmers to ensure that research and development is undertaken in line with grower needs.
“Survey data will provide us with a baseline understanding of current weed management strategies, which we’ll compare with information from a future survey. It also provides a valuable information to influence future research decisions in herbicide management”.
Under this project, Mallee Sustainable Farming is investigating treatments including brown manuring, cutting crops for hay and mechanical control options.
“We’ve gathered some initial results from last year’s trial at Bulla Burra, but wont be able to assess their potential until the results are collected for our 2016 field day in September this year”.
The survey can be accessed and completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLVB7MV. Data gathered as part of the survey process is stored confidentially, with results to be compiled and analysed as a group.
Overdependence on AgroChemicals is managed by Central West Farming Systems, with trials carried out by Birchip Cropping Group, EPARF, Upper North Farming Systems and Mallee Sustainable Farming.
Complete the survey here!