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WeedSmart Podcast

Summary: 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 Intro music credit for podcasts prior to June 2018: www.bensound.com

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 BONUS: Regional Update with Greg Warren | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:25

On this episode, we’re catching up with Farm and General Agronomy Manager, Greg Warren. He’s based in Esperance and is going to give us a regional update on this area which is in the South East of Western Australia. We also discuss how WeedSmart Week will be coming to Esperance next August!

 Getting mixing right to avoid glugs & efficacy issues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:30

Today's podcast focuses on getting tank mixes right to avoid glugs and ensure they’re as effective as they can be. Bayer Market Development Agronomy and Field Leader of Integrated Weed Management Australia, Craig White, talks to us about how to get mixing orders right to avoid glugs in tanks and to get the best tank-mix possible. We also hear about a new formulation of Sakura called Sakura Flow. Nufarm Territory Manager for the Downs, Maranoa and South West Queensland, Malcolm Salisbury joins us on the podcast to provide an overview of some of the considerations that need to be made when mixing herbicides for the Northern Region. He also has some general tips on mixing too!

 BONUS: Regional Update with Casey Onus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:18

Today on the WeedSmart regional update, we catch up with B & W Rural agronomist, Casey Onus. Casey is based in Moree and gives us an update on Northern NSW, with a focus on residual herbicide use.

 BONUS: Regional Update with Michael Chilvers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:16

On this episode, we catch up with Tasmanian grower and GRDC southern panel member, Michael Chilvers. Michael gives us a regional update and also tells us a bit more about our upcoming webinar on Friday on ryegrass control in the high rainfall zone. Michael is keen to encourage growers to take a more integrated approach to weed control. You can register for our webinar on Friday here: https://t.co/AgW35xGwBl?amp=1

 Taking a closer look at Overwatch and post-em spraying tips | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:45

This week, we're catching up with University of Adelaide weeds researcher, Dr Peter Boutsalis, to talk about the latest resistance testing results he’s collated, tips on post-em weed control and FMC’s new product, Overwatch. We're also going to hear from FMC Australasia R&D Manager, Geoff Robertson, to get the rundown their new product, Overwatch. Overwatch has now received full registration in Australia and will be available for the 2021 winter crop season. This pre-emergent herbicide has shown to be effective at killing annual ryegrass, as well as other weeds such as silvergrass, sowthistle and more.

 BONUS: Regional Update with Ross Pomroy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:58

On this episode, we’re catching up with Nutrien Ag Solutions Agronomist, Ross Pomroy. He’s based in Dalby and is going to give us a regional update on the Darling Downs. Ross works in cotton and all broadacre crops, both summer and winter, as well as irrigation scheduling.

 BONUS: Regional Update with Matt Bissett | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:47

On this episode, we catch up with Agrivision Agronomy Consultant Matt Bissett. He’s based in Swan Hill in the Victorian Mallee. He’s going to give a regional update on the Central and Southern Mallee and Northern Wimmera.

 Companion and intercropping piquing interest of Aussie farmers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:34

Today on the podcast we’re doing a special on intercropping and companion cropping. Before we get into it, here's what both intercrops and companion crops are: Intercrop: where two or more species are sown and harvested together with the objective to harvest the grain of both species. Companion crop: Where two or more species are sown together with the objective to harvest the grain of a single species. The other species are either grazed out or terminated using herbicides We hear from CSIRO Farming Systems Scientist, Dr Andrew Fletcher. He tells us about the potential role of companion and intercropping in Australian grain farming systems. Andrew also recently presented this topic at the Perth GRDC Updates, which has sparked interest in this space in Australia. We also hear from farmer Murray Scholz, who has a mixed farming operation in the Southern Region in Culcairn NSW, which is halfway between Wagga Wagga and Albury. Murray has been on the podcast before, talking about his use of disc seeding. So, thanks to him for coming back! And finally, we hear from WeedSmart Southern Extension Agronomist, Greg Condon. He gives a detailed overview of companion and intercropping in his region and explains some of the quirks to how it all works.

 BONUS: Regional Update with Craig White | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:45

Bayer Market Development Agronomy and Leader of Integrated Weed Management Australia, Craig White, joins us for a Regional Update for the South West of Western Australia.

 BONUS: Regional Update with Jana Dixon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:34

Today on the Regional Update Podcast, we chat with Rural Directions Graduate Agribusiness Consultant, Jana Dixon. Jana is based in Clare, South Australia and provides a great regional update for what growers and advisors should be considering at the moment, with a particular focus on knockdown herbicides. We also provide an update on what is happening with WeedSmart Week in Clare.

 Knockdown update & crop comp course is live! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:42

We're very excited to announce on the podcast that our new Crop Competition 101 course is now live! On the podcast, we chat with Dr Michael Widderick and Dr Gurjeet Gill about their contributions to the course. You can register for this free online course here: https://www.diversityera.com/courses/crop-competition-101 We also hear from agronomist Andrew Johnson from Dalby Rural supplies to get an update on using knockdowns. And on the podcast, we mention our webinar 'What’s next in broadacre weed control – is green on green a reality?' from last week with Greg Condon. If you missed it, catch up here: https://weedsmart.org.au/webinars/whats-next-in-broadacre-weed-control-is-green-on-green-a-reality-with-greg-condon/

 BONUS: Regional Update with Tony Lockrey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:02

We’re doing a new podcast in these crazy times as in-person events can no longer go ahead for the time being due to COVID-19. Each Monday we’ll have an expert from a different cropping region to provide a regional weeds-focused update. This week we’re catching up with Moree-based Amps Senior Consulting Agronomist, Tony Lockrey.

 Weed seed impact mill technology - where it's at | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:23

It's been almost two years to the day that we released our first podcast on weed seed impact mill technology. Back then, we caught up with WA (Cuballing) farmer, Roger Newman about his experience with the HSD and Andrew Todd (Dowerin, WA) about his experience with the Seed Terminator (check out the 2018 podcast here: https://weedsmart.org.au/podcasts/harvest-seed-destroying-mill-technology-explained/). Well, as you would know, there's been lots of developments in the mill space, with Redekop and now TecFarm coming onto the scene with their own mills. In this podcast, Jessica Strauss is joined by guest co-host, agricultural engineer and Manager of Research and Development for the Kondinin Group, Ben White. Ben gives a comprehensive overview of where mill technology is at. We have interviews from farmers who are running different weed seed impact mills, including an update from Roger Newman, mentioned above; Dave Trewick from Elmore, Victoria, who has an HSD and Seed Terminator; Lyndon Bird from Goomalling, WA, who has a Redekop SCU; and Tom Lewis from Tecfarm who talks about the most recently released mill, the WeedHOG. Thanks to everyone for making this podcast possible!

 Research is showing that mixing herbicides is the way to go | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:37

Join your co-hosts Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman to find out about why mixing and rotating herbicides is the way to go. Today we’re chatting with AHRI researcher Roberto Busi about his latest research into resistance in wild radish and annual ryegrass and why it’s so important to mix and rotate herbicides in your farming system. Peter Newman has this week also written AHRI insight on Roberto's work which evaluates the mix and rotate message in more detail. You can check it out here: https://ahri.uwa.edu.au/luximax-gets-its-own-new-box/

 Surprising chaff lining results and the future of mill technology | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:06

In this week's episode, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman catch up in person to talk about the highlights of the GRDC Crop Updates which have been taking place across the country. Peter talks about what he presented at updates, including research done by Dr Michael Walsh from University of Sydney on the efficacy of chaff lining. We also talk about research on weed seed mills and new machinery on the horizon. Pete also talks about his presentation on strip and disc systems and how they might fit into farming systems in WA. We also discuss the Weed Chipper, developed by Dr Andrew Guzzomi and Dr Carlo Peressini from UWA and researchers from University of Sydney. The Weed Chipper now has a commercial partner in Precision Agronomics Australia. This project had received funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation and was created in response to the growing concerns about herbicide resistance and the associated difficulties with fallow weed control. Director of McFadyen Ag Consulting and Northern Panel Chair Andrew McFadyen about the effects of the Summer rain the Northern region has received. *In the podcast we chat about presentations which were stand-outs. We didn't give the full name for 'Keith' - his full name is Keith Norman and he is a UK Farm Management Specialist. We also talked about the model on HWSC Pete developed so you can calculate the cost of different HWSC options on your farm. You can download the model here: https://weedsmart.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Estimated-Cost-of-HWSC-calculator-Mill-life-Dec19-UPDATED.xlsx

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