Northern Growers Alliance
eNews - October 2015


Welcome to the latest NGA Newsletter and a snapshot of our Summer 2015-2016 Trials. The summer program features a broad range of projects, details of which can be found by selecting View our Trial Snapshots.

We also have links to information from the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative with the latest on glyphosate resistant mechanisms in barnyard grass, a reminder from DAF Qld encouraging more sowthistle samples for glyphosate resistance testing and a link to the Online Farm Trials web application which is becoming a hub for national farm trials. Finally, there is some information on an important staff change and a welcome to Denielle Kilby as our new Trials Agronomist based at Moree. 

We hope you find the information useful. Once again, if you have any feedback (positive or negative) we would be glad to hear from you.

2015/2016 Summer Trial Projects

1.   Common Sowthistle Management
2.   Summer Grass Weeds Knockdown
3.   Fallow Water Efficiency
4.   Impact of Kelly Chains
5.   Optimising the use of Paraquat
6.   Metolachlor Use Patterns
7.   Sorghum performance following Canola
8.   Impact of Root-Lesion Nematode on
      Summer Crops
9.   Sorghum Desiccation
10. Group A Compatibility
11. Camera (optical) Spray Mixtures
12. Citric Acid
13. Residual Herbicides in Fallow


NGA Staff Changes

Rachel Norton, previously Trials Agronomist, is moving into a newly created role as NGA Communications Manager. This position will focus on the preparation of communication and media strategies to improve the speed and efficiency of our extension activity.

Rachel will remain based in Goondiwindi and is available on the same contact details:
Mob: 0447 924 917

NGA welcomes Denielle Kilby into the role of Trials Agronomist for the Goondiwindi/Moree, Mungindi areas. Denielle comes from a family mixed farming operation in the Collie area. She has a sound field agronomy background and a strong appreciation of scientific methodology. Denielle’s experience in responding to growers’ agronomy needs combined with her practical farming background make her very well suited for this important role.

Denielle will be based at Moree and can be contacted on:
Mob: 0488 044 713

AHRI Insight: Recipe for Success

Awnless barnyard grass is a key regional weed with glyphosate resistant populations rapidly increasing since first identified in 2007.
Recent AHRI research has shown the mechanism involved can give a 2.5 fold increase in resistance in ABYG. Under mild conditions, glyphosate can still work but fails when conditions get hotter and more stressed.

Common Sowthistle Resistance Testing - More Samples Wanted !

Annie van der Meulen, DAF Toowoomba, is still encouraging growers and agronomists to send in sowthistle samples for glyphosate resistance testing.
More samples are needed to provide a clearer picture of the level of glyphosate resistance in common sowthistle populations in the northern region, particularly from the Western Downs, Maranoa and Central Queensland areas.

New Project to Provide Easier Access to Data

The Online Farm Trials (OFT) web application will deliver cropping trial research results and information from a range of organisations Australia-wide.

The OFT project is inviting participation and feedback on experiences with the program and web portal -
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