214 episodes

Welcome to the WeedSmart Podcast! Each fortnight we'll whip around the cropping regions, focusing on weed control and issues that have cropped up. Your hosts will deliver you snappy, informative updates on what matters in weed control, from the comfort of your tractor, ute, or wherever you may be on the road or farm. 

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Welcome to the WeedSmart Podcast! Each fortnight we'll whip around the cropping regions, focusing on weed control and issues that have cropped up. Your hosts will deliver you snappy, informative updates on what matters in weed control, from the comfort of your tractor, ute, or wherever you may be on the road or farm. 

    Regional Update – Cameron Jenkin, Farm Manager, Pindar, WA

    Regional Update – Cameron Jenkin, Farm Manager, Pindar, WA

    This week on the Regional Update, our new podcast host (and WeedSmart Communications Lead) Siobhon Eacott talked to Farm Manager Cameron Jenkin.

    Cameron manages the wheat and chemical fallow operations of Mark and John Flannagan near Pindar, 125km east of Geraldton in WA in the low rainfall zone.

    The Flanagan's have recently employed the services of an autonomous sprayer, named Alfie, who roams the 44,500ha property for primarily spot spraying.


    Learn more about WeedSmart by visiting our website. Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter too.

    • 11 min
    Management strategies for glyphosate resistant weeds

    Management strategies for glyphosate resistant weeds

    In this episode, we look at management strategies for glyphosate resistant weeds.

    We're joined by University of Adelaide researcher Chris Preston, who recently presented on the topic at the GRDC Crop Updates in Dubbo.

    We're also joined by Delta Ag agronomist David Strahorn who speaks about the current state of glyphosate resistance in his patch.

    NEWS and LINKS
    Webinar:
    Spot Spray technology – opportunities & challenges incorporating the latest camera/optical spray equipment: Extension agronomists Greg Condon and Peter Newman spoke to representatives from Millers/McIntosh, John Deere, Goldacres and Croplands to understand the latest spot spray technology.
    Learn more about WeedSmart by visiting our website. Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter too.

    • 44 min
    Regional Update – James Kearines, Agronomist & Grower, Lake Cargelligo, NSW

    Regional Update – James Kearines, Agronomist & Grower, Lake Cargelligo, NSW

    This week on the Regional Update, we are joined by grower and agronomist James Kearines.

    James is an agronomist with Elders near Lake Cargelligo in central NSW, where he specialises in broadacre dryland agronomy, mainly dealing with the major crops of wheat, barley, canola, oats and pulses.

    His family also manages a number of farms in the area and along with cropping, they also have a few Black Angus cattle.

    After a below average year in 2023, James is excited for what 2024 might bring after receiving between 200 and 260 millimetres of summer rain.
    Learn more about WeedSmart by visiting our website. Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter too.

    • 10 min
    Spot spray technology - advantages and challenges of the latest equipment

    Spot spray technology - advantages and challenges of the latest equipment

    In this episode, we delve into the world of spot spray technology.

    Rob Price, from South Australia, and Jake Hamilton, from Queensland, use Bilberry and John Deere See and Spray tech respectively.

    They explain their motivations for using the tech, and discuss the opportunities and challenges they have faced when incorporating the latest camera/optical spray equipment into their cropping program.

    NEWS and LINKS
    Webinar:
    Spot Spray technology – opportunities & challenges incorporating the latest camera/optical spray equipment: On March 6, Join Weedsmart Extension Agronomists, Peter Newman and Greg Condon as they explore the current spot spray technologies on offer and the opportunities and challenges with incorporating the latest spot (camera/optical) spray equipment.
    Millers/McIntosh Tech specialist Scott Jamieson and John Deere’s Anton Kowalenko provide their insights into how farmers/spray contractors can address the challenges and opportunities with utilising this technology.
    Learn more about WeedSmart by visiting our website. Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter too.

    • 41 min
    Regional Update – Matt Elliott, Grower & Agronomist, Nandaly, Vic

    Regional Update – Matt Elliott, Grower & Agronomist, Nandaly, Vic

    Welcome back to the WeedSmart Podcast for 2024.

    This week on the Regional Update, we are joined by grower and agronomist Matt Elliott.

    Matt farms with his family near Nandaly in the Mallee region of Victoria, and is also an agronomist with Dodgshun Medlin.

    They crop mainly wheat barley, lentils, and export hay, and run their operation on a "take no prisoners" basis when it comes to weed control.

    After a couple of wet years and a decent amount of summer rain, Matt is excited for what 2024 might bring.
    Learn more about WeedSmart by visiting our website. Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter too.

    • 10 min
    Wrapping up the 2023 season with a look at weed control across the country

    Wrapping up the 2023 season with a look at weed control across the country

    In this episode, we wrap up the 2023 season by talking with our WeedSmart Extension Agronomists.

    Together, Northern Extension Agronomist Paul McIntosh, Southern Extension Agronomists Greg Condon and Chris Davey, and Western Extension Agronomist Peter Newman take us through the year that was in their various parts of the country.

    The talk about the season itself, how harvest has panned out, and of course the weed control tactics that have proved most beneficial in 2023.

    NEWS and LINKS
    Webinar:
    Biological control of grains weeds – development of novel tools and approaches for integration: Discover the pioneering work of CSIRO researchers Dr Ben Gooden and Dr Michelle Rafter on using biocontrol agents to control crop weeds. They will discuss their work conducting exploratory surveys of biocontrol agents and host-testing with pathogens and insects.

    Articles
    1. Testing optical sprayer technology return on investment: Machinery prices have sky-rocketed in recent years, leaving many growers wondering whether new technologies, like optical spot sprayers, can pay their way. Peter Newman, Planfarm farm business consultant and WeedSmart western extension agronomist, has run some figures for his clients to help them with boomspray purchase decisions, and found that the benefits often outweigh the upfront cost of weed detection technology.

    2. Measuring the value of weed control expenses: Weed control is expensive, and it is often hard to measure the return on your investment. WeedSmart’s southern extension agronomist, Chris Davey, is determined to show that his advice to growers will put money back in their pockets through improved crop yield and fewer weeds to control in future seasons.
    Learn more about WeedSmart by visiting our website. Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter too.

    • 48 min

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