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July TSP Talk

Don’t be left in the dark on IWM

Dr Chris Preston of the University of Adelaide is taking his Integrated Weed Management messages on the road in September, with a series of field days & trial site visits throughout West Australia.

The herbicide resistance and effective resistance management presentations will focus on managing clethodim resistance and the use of propyzamide in RR, RT and TT canola systems. There will also be information on crop suppression research and managing ryegrass more effectively.

We strongly encourage any West Australian grower groups, farm improvement groups, resellers, agronomists, advisors, consultants and growers to take part in what will be informative and worthwhile sessions.

The IWM tour runs from September 2 – 11 across a number of locations. Click here for a brochure with all the information or contact:

Central & Northern WA – Steve Lamb – 0429 619 103
Southern WA – Mitch Tuffley – 0448 014 892


Market prices on the rise as weather worries continue

Source: Farm Weekly
CANOLA prices have surged about $40 a tonne in WA, giving growers the first positive movements in the canola market in more than a year. Weather in both hemispheres and a frost in Canada earlier in June forcing growers to replant some of their canola crops are contributing to the price rally.
Profarmer chief analyst Hannah Janson said the surge in the canola price is also being fuelled by international figures indicating canola plantings will be down across many regions including Australia, China, the European Union and Canada.
“Canada has had a pretty big export year and have run down a lot of their old crop stock,” Ms Janson said.
“Traders were already starting to show nervousness about the amount of Canadian canola stocks, and then the crop was hit with the frost.
“There’s that bit of concern as to what impact that will have on how much canola will be left at the end of the year.”
Ms Janson said WA’s new crop wheat prices were also being propped up by some concern over the season because of the early stage of crops and lack of rain in recent weeks. She identified a $40 a tonne premium in Kwinana values over Chicago futures market prices which is of benefit to growers but said it was clear there was more concern over the east coast crop outcomes as the premiums for those growers were higher.

Read the full article from the Farm Weekly here


Calls for choice on GM

Source: Stock Journal
DESPITE a premium of up to $20 a tonne for growing non-genetically modified canola, Australian croppers are increasingly turning to GM technology to improve yields and on-farm weed management.

That’s according to Australian Oilseeds Federation executive director Nick Goddard, who was a guest speaker at a Future Farming Forum in Adelaide, where GM crop technologies were the focus, in particular canola. GM crops are grown in Vic, NSW and WA, while SA has a GM crop moratorium in place until September 2019 and Tas until November 2019.

This year, about 13 per cent of canola grown in Vic will be Roundup Ready, 11pc in NSW and 30pc in WA, according to Monsanto Australia.

“Since WA started growing GM (in 2010), the uptake has been phenomenal,” Mr Goddard said.

“It fits so well into their farming systems and their weed management programs.”

Mr Goddard said this was despite overseas markets paying a premium.
“The European market want non-GM because it gives them a choice of either using it for human consumption or biodiesel, and then canola meal as livestock feed after that,” he said.

“But even with a premium, WA growers continue to grow GM because they are seeing a benefit in-field for weed management.”
Read the full story.