Welcome to the hub of the WeedSmart Podcast! Each fortnight we'll whip around the cropping regions focusing on weed control and issues which have cropped up (pun intended). Your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman will be poking fun at themselves and each other. We look forward to giving you a snappy, informative update from the comfort of your tractor, ute, or wherever you may be on the road or farm.
Producer: Jessica Strauss
Hosts: Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman
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Regional Update - Paul MacIntosh, Northern Region
Our WeedSmart Extension Agronomist, Paul MacIntosh has been very busy in the last month travelling, presenting and visiting farms and agriculture events across the Northern Region. Paul provides a great overview of what's happening in the region and what to look out for over the next few weeks when it comes to controlling weeds.
Narrower sorghum rows can halve weed seed production
In this podcast, we'll be learning about a new approach in sorghum planting.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries principal research scientist Dr Michael Widderick will join us to explain the GRDC-funded research out of University of Sydney and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries conducted which found that narrower row spacing in sorghum leads to high yields and delete few weeds through crop competition.
We also are going to get a WA grower perspective in follow-up to our podcast last fortnight which looks at soil amelioration. Brady Green from Yuna area of WA will join us to talk about what made him think seriously about implementing soil amelioration and the benefits he’s seen since doing so.
We’ve got a timely webinar coming up on Group Gs on Friday, Feb 26. Uni of Adelaide’s Dr Chris Preston & our Southern Extension Agronomist Greg Condon will be hosting this webinar aimed at growers. If you’ve got any specific questions about this, let us know on Twitter, and make sure to join us on the day where you can ask them live.
You can register here: https://uwa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y-StaYz2SyWumIAsOAW8Kw
Our latest news piece looks at making seedbank management your priority this year. Check it out: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/make-seedbank-management-your-priority-this-year/
Another recent article looks at taking resistance into account when planning tank mixes: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/resistance-amplifies-glyphosate-24-d-tank-mix-survival-rate/
Soil amelioration article: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/how-does-renovating-non-wetting-sands-help-weed-control/
Sorghum article: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/weaponise-sorghum-crops-to-take-out-ftr-and-abg/
Podcast Producer: Jessica Strauss
Podcast Hosts: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman
Regional Update - Nick McKenna, Geraldton, WA
This is our first Regional Update for the Western Region in 2021. Planfarm Agronomist, Nick McKenna joins us to give an overview of how harvest went for his region in and around the Geraldton area. He also provides some tips on how to control weeds given the likelihood of some rain falling due to a tropical low tracking down the WA coast.
Upwards of 90% weed seed burial with some soil amelioration approaches
Welcome back to the WeedSmart Podcast for 2021! Your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman will join you again in 2021 each fortnight to look at a timely topic related to weed control.
In this episode, we're focusing on soil amelioration.
Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Research Scientist, Dr Stephen Davies joins us to explain what’s involved with soil amelioration and the benefits of this approach.
We also hear from Daridyn Haywards from Lameroo in the South Australian Mallee.
He was involved in a project called: "Spading header rows for grassy weed control, improved crop yields and better soil protection", led by Chris Donohue and has been continuing to adopt the practice of using soil amelioration for both soil improvement and weed control benefits.
Daridyn's initial main focus was to build up the organic carbon levels in the soil for improved soil health, water holding capacity & hopefully overcoming the Rhizoctonia issue he faced. The weed seed burial was part of that process as we’ll hear.
Peter Newman has been an advocate for soil amelioration for a number of years and has contributed to this article on the subject: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/how-does-renovating-non-wetting-sands-help-weed-control/
We also have a great Case Study on Andrew Kenny who uses this approach too: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/andrew-kenny-badgingarra-wa/
Over the Christmas period our content producer Cindy Benjamin was very busy. There’s a range of new articles and videos available to check out.
You can learn all about how to weaponise sorghum crops to take out Feather Top Rhodes and Awnless Barnyard Grass here: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/weaponise-sorghum-crops-to-take-out-ftr-and-abg/
And we’ve also got a new article on running down the summer grass seedbank in mungbeans: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/run-down-the-summer-grass-seedbank-in-mungbeans/
Regional Update - Chris Toohey, Albury, NSW
Welcome back to the Regional Update! This is our first podcast for the year.
We’re kicking things off in the Southern Region, with Elders Agronomist Chris Toohey joining us to give an update on his region. Chris is based in Albury, New South Wales.
Green on green technology ready to hit the market
Welcome to the last WeedSmart podcast of 2020! What a year it’s been.
On this episode we take a deep dive into spot spraying technology. We’re joined by Bilberry CEO, Guillaume Jourdain who provides us with an update on their green on green technology. WA Farmer Andrew Messina also was part of trial work Bilberry did on this technology and he joins us to share his experience.
As this is the final 2020 podcast, we'd like to thank you - our listeners - for listening over the year. We love bringing you the latest information in the weeds space and look forward to sharing more stories with you in 2021.
On the podcast we mentioned that even though things are winding up, we do have some new content filtering through. Our latest Ask an Expert is with our Northern Extension Agronomist, Paul McIntosh. Paul answers the question: What alternatives are there for desiccation and crop topping? Check it out here: https://www.weedsmart.org.au/content/what-alternatives-are-there-for-desiccation-and-crop-topping/
Have a lovely break over the festive season! We’ll see you in the new year!
Podcast presenters: Jessica Strauss & Peter Newman
Podcast producer: Jessica Strauss