174 episodes

Welcome to the WeedSmart Podcast! Each fortnight we'll whip around the cropping regions, focusing on weed control and issues which have cropped up. Your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman 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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    • 4.6 • 8 Ratings

Welcome to the WeedSmart Podcast! Each fortnight we'll whip around the cropping regions, focusing on weed control and issues which have cropped up. Your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman 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.

    Dealing with stress on the farm and resistance testing wins

    Dealing with stress on the farm and resistance testing wins

    In this episode, we talk about dealing with the stress of high farm input costs and labour shortages. Owen Catto from The Regional Men’s Health Initiative joins us to share some tips.

    We also get an update on resistance testing in Western Australia. Agvivo Agronomist Tim Boyes has embraced resistance testing with his WA based clients and coordinated closely with Dr Roberto Busi who runs University of Western Australia’s resistance testing service. Tim shares what impact resistance testing has had on his client’s farming programs.

    Our Southern Extension Agronomist, Greg Condon, joins Jessica Strauss for this podcast.

    Links
    Tickets for our WeedSmart Week Mildura event which is happening from August 30 to September 1 are on sale. We have also just released the program. You can head to the events page on our website to find out more information and get your ticket.

    Webinar
    Our Southern Extension Agronomist, Chris Dave recently hosted a webinar with Canada’s technology expert, Tom Wolf. In this webinar, they covered efficient spraying application and how to become more efficient at keeping the boomspray in the paddock, rather than at the depot.
    Articles
    We have an article related to our podcast interview with Mike Ashworth. Dr Yaseen Khalil who managed this project explains how effective a legume pasture phase for ryegrass control is.
    Case Studies 
    Make sure you check out our Case Studies – our content producer, Cindy Benjamin, catches up with farmers from all over Australia to find out about their farming systems. Our latest Case Study features Warren Treasure, from Moonyoonooka in Western Australia. Warren talks about how using an iHSD over five seasons has had a significant impact on lowering his weed seed bank.

    Mental Health Services

    Regional Men's Health Initiative - WA
    MensLine - national phone and online chat service

    • 42 min
    Regional Update - Giles Kearsley, Agronomist, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

    Regional Update - Giles Kearsley, Agronomist, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

    On the Regional update today Giles Kearsley from Nutrien at Cleve Ag Services joins us.

    Giles is based in Eyre Peninsula on the West Coast of South Australia.

    Our Southern Extension Agronomist, Chris Davey, recently went through this neck of the woods and so we thought it would be good to catch-up with Giles and see how his region is going.

    Giles gives us an update on how floods in January have impacted growers, gives an overview on how pre-emergent herbicides have performed and provides some weed control tips for his region. 

    Follow Giles on Twitter here.

    • 9 min
    How smart phase farming can increase yield and a resistance status update

    How smart phase farming can increase yield and a resistance status update

    On this podcast, find out about the benefits of smart phase farming. The Agronomy team at the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative in Perth is in the last year of a project looking at this system and there’s some great yield benefits to consider. 
    We also will be getting a resistance status update from Peter Boutsalis who does work for both the University of Adelaide and runs Plant Science Consulting. 
    And lastly – we have an exciting webinar coming up this month with Tom Wolf, who many of you might know as the ‘nozzle guy’ on Twitter.  Get some more details on our guests below: 
    1.     Mike Ashworth – Smart phase farming
    Dr Mike Ashworth who leads AHRI’s agronomy team explains what phase farming is and the benefits of this approach. This project focused on using serradella as the legume phase crop. 
    2.     Peter Boutsalis – resistance status update
    Dr Peter Boutsalis joins us in this interview to give an update on the GRDC funded random resistance testing results. He also gives an update on the resistance issues he’s been looking at from samples that have been sent in from farmers to his business, Plant Science Consulting. 
    3.     Chris Davey – webinar overview
    On June 15, we’ll be hosting a webinar with Canada’s technology expert, Tom Wolf. In this webinar, more efficient spraying application will be covered, as well as how to become more efficient at keeping the boomspray in the paddock, rather than at the depot. Follow Tom on Twitter here.

    Links

    WeedSmart Week Mildura event which is happening from August 30 to September 1 are officially on sale. You can head to the events page on our website to find out more information and get your ticket.

    Articles
    We have an article related to our podcast interview with Mike Ashworth. Dr Yaseen Khalil who managed this project explains how effective a legume pasture phase for ryegrass control is. 
    Case Studies 
    Make sure you check out our Case Studies – our content producer, Cindy Benjamin, catches up with farmers from all over Australia to find out about their farming systems. Our latest Case Study features Warren Treasure, from Moonyoonooka in Western Australia. Warren talks about how using an iHSD over five seasons has had a significant impact on lowering his weed seed bank. 

    • 45 min
    Regional Update - Sam Simons, Agronomist, Moree, NSW

    Regional Update - Sam Simons, Agronomist, Moree, NSW

    In this edition of the Regional Update, we’re heading to the Northern Region to catch up with Poole Ag Consulting Agronomist, Sam Simons. Sam is based in Moree, NSW. 

    • 9 min
    Competitive and profitable crops from fixing sub-soil acidity

    Competitive and profitable crops from fixing sub-soil acidity

    Welcome to the WeedSmart Podcast! This week we’re focusing on the benefits of soil amelioration and the advantages of fixing sub-soil acidity. 
     Our guests today include soil researcher Jason Condon from Charles Sturt University and NSW Department of Primary Industries Wagga Wagga Development Officer Helen Burns. They give some insights into research findings in the space.
    We also hear from farmer and agronomist, Sandy Middleton, who has had some massive wins with fixing subsoil acidity. 
    Firstly though – our tickets for our WeedSmart Week Mildura event which is happening from August 30 to September 1 are officially on sale. You can head to the events page on our website to find out more information and get your ticket.

    News links
    We have an article on Maximising the benefits of new pre-em chemistry. Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon says the wet conditions experienced last season have provided some useful insights into the new chemistries under commercial field conditions. 
     We also hear from Shane Kelly from Kelly Tillage about how tickling your soil surface to stimulate weed growth before planting can be a beneficial weed control strategy. 
     We also have an updated article running through the Big 6 principles to help you plan out what weed control strategies might work for you this year. 
    Ask an Expert
    Our latest Ask an Expert is Can faba bean crops outcompete sowthistle?
     Dr Michael Widderick, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland, is our expert this month. 
    Michael talks about how faba bean crops have the potential to significantly curb common sowthistle, a problematic weed with widespread resistance to key herbicides, such as glyphosate and chlorsulfuron.

    • 50 min
    Regional Update - Lance Turner, East Pingelly, WA

    Regional Update - Lance Turner, East Pingelly, WA

    East Pingelly grain farmer Lance Turner joins us on the Regional Update today. Pingelly is based in WA’s wheatbelt, and the region has had a pretty good start to the season. Lance reckons it's a great time to consider doing a double knock, with conditions lining up well. 

    • 8 min

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