Northern Growers Alliance
eNews - June 2016


Welcome to the latest NGA Newsletter and a snapshot of our Winter 2016 Trials. The winter program features a broad range of projects, details of which can be found by selecting View our Trial Snapshots.

There are also links to information on:
  • the national yellow spot monitoring program,
  • harvest weed seed potential in the north,
  • a new series of herbicide resistance surveys and the conclusion of sample acceptance for the northern sowthistle survey, and
  • the new GrowNotes Alert system.
We hope you will find the information useful and welcome any feedback.

2016 Winter Trial Projects

1.   Sowthistle Management
2.   Chickpea Harvest Index
3.   Nitrogen Management in Wheat
4.   Safety of Annual Ryegrass Herbicides in
5.   Paraquat Alternatives
6.   Late Application of Group A Herbicides to 
7.   Plant Growth Regulators in Barley
8.   Chickpea Problem Weeds
9.   Pratylenchus thornei

10. Wild Oat Management in Western Areas
11. Fallow Efficiency by Crop
12. In-crop Water Use Efficiency
13. Canola Powdery Mildew

New Herbicide Resistance Surveys

GRDC has recently funded a series of herbicide resistance surveys to be conducted in Qld (by DAF) and in NSW (by Charles Sturt University). The DAF weeds team is seeking Qld located growers who are interested in participating and having weeds from their property tested.

Sowthistle Survey Closes

The 2014-2016 northern region survey of glyphosate resistance in sowthistle, using samples submitted by growers and agronomists, has now closed.  Final testing is underway with a full report of outcomes expected by the end of 2016.

Stop the Spot!

National Yellow Spot Monitoring Campaign
Joint Curtin University and GRDC research, led by the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM), has shown a change in virulence of yellow spot between Australia’s western and eastern cropping areas.  To understand this change, the CCDM is encouraging growers and advisers to send in samples of yellow spot.

Is Harvest Weed Seed Control an Option?

A survey conducted by Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has identified that harvest weed seed management may be a real opportunity for weed management in the northern region. The team identified high seed retention at harvest of several key weed species.

GrowNotes Alert

Agriculture Victoria and GRDC are launching a new notifications alert system and are keen for growers to sign on. Subscribers will receive alerts on urgent pest, disease and weed outbreak information direct to their chosen portal - SMS, email, web or via an App.
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