New industry website supports Farmer Choice in Western Australia
Farmer Choice is about protecting the rights of Western Australian growers to access the farming tools and technologies they need to produce high quality food in a safe and sustainable way.
Western Australian growers have rapidly adopted Genetically Modified (GM) canola since it was approved and in the current season will plant the largest-ever GM canola crop in Australia. Nearly 40% of the state’s canola growers now plant GM varieties and 30% of the state’s canola crop this season will be GM. WA farmers have planted an increased amount of GM canola every year since its introduction.
Growers are turning to GM canola varieties in greater numbers because of impressive yields and effective weed control. Genetically modified crops are being developed that are healthier, higher yielding and resistant to pests and environmental stress.
CropLife, WAFarmers and the Pastoralists & Graziers Association (PGA) are supporting the State Government in removing the GM Crops Free Areas Act and urge industry and farmers to show their support for Farmer Choice.
This reform will ensure WA farmers can continue to benefit from a technology that improves their productivity and sustainability and contributes to the continued growth of agriculture in Western Australia.
To learn more or show your support, visit www.farmerchoice.org.au
European Union chemical ban hits yields
Source: Farm Online
THE crop protection industry is praising Australian regulatory common sense as European canola production plummets this year, courtesy of a populist political decision to ban a seed dressing widely used to protect the young oilseed crop and cereals from insect attack.
The current European Union oilseed rape harvest is expected to be down about seven per cent.
The UK is likely to be among the countries worst hit by the 2014 European Commission’s “precautionary ban” on neonicotinoids which are arguably the world’s most widely used insecticide family.
“Neonic” products have a chemical make-up similar to nicotine and have been used since the 1990s, mostly in low concentration seed coatings.
Bayer CropScience and Syngenta brand names common to the farm and garden market include Confidor, Gaucho and Cruiser, but the companies became the focus of a vehement environmental campaign which blamed neonics for an apparent decline in European bee numbers.
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On farm pickup service of CS01 canola grain
Broadbent Grain will offer an on farm pickup service for Victorian growers of CSO1 grain for the upcoming harvest. If you require freight rates to Lakaput Bulk Storage, Footscray crush or the Port please contact Michael Broadbent, Paul Clarke or Donald Benn for more information (contact details below).
You will need to specify where you wish to have you grain delivered and include the following details when making an enquiry:
- Date service required
- Pick up Location (Ex Farm or Storage facility)
- Contact Details
Broadbent Grain Contacts
Michael Broadbent : 0419528791 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Clark : 0428407205 / email@example.com
Why Roundup Ready canola? Come along and find out!
From now right through til November, over 50 Roundup Ready canola Spring Field Days are being held across West Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. These are a fantastic opportunity for you to see the latest high performing hybrid varieties and speak with industry representatives. We encourage you to get yourselves and as many growers along as you can.
Click here for the Spring Field Day calendar
A chance to move beyond unfortunate legal dispute
Monsanto Australia’s Managing Director, Daniel Kruithoff, said that the unfortunate legal dispute between Steve Marsh and Michael Baxter has been difficult for the families and communities involved.
“For all of us involved with Australian agriculture and passionate about our farmers, it has been regrettable to see neighbours and friends end up in court. We hope that disputes like this can be avoided in the future through different farming sectors working closely together along with good crop management practices.
“The Court’s decision is a chance to move beyond this unfortunate legal dispute. The decision reaffirms a farmer’s right to choose how they grow their crops and that organic, conventional and GM crops can be successfully grown side-by-side in Australia. Local farmers have always relied upon innovation and cooperation to improve their competitiveness and sustainability and we should continue to encourage this.
“We have not seen the details of the Court’s decision so we are not in a position to provide any further comments on the decision at this stage.
“Monsanto will continue to work with its customers, farm sector representatives and relevant authorities to ensure that our technology is well managed and can be used alongside other production systems.
“There is every reason to be optimistic about Australian agriculture’s prospects. The different production systems and technology used by our farmers will continue to strengthen our global reputation as producers of high quality, clean and green produce,” Daniel said.
Break crops hit weeds
Source : Farm Online
Is crop rotation an economic option for managing weeds?
Tony Swan, Senior Experimental Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture, says while wheat is the dominant commodity in Australia’s grain production systems, sowing consecutive wheat crops results in reduced production and profitability due to the effects of diseases, pests, weeds and declining nutrition.
Adding a broadleaf break crop to the cropping sequence helps keep wheat profitable in a sustainable cropping system, he says.
Mr Swan says their five-year GRDC funded project illustrated that adding at least one break crop, and preferably two, to the crop rotation was beneficial for weed control and nitrogen management, and can be as profitable as or more profitable than continuous wheat.
A series of experiments were established to challenge the idea that break crops are risky and not profitable.
“Many farmers in south-east Australia are sceptical about growing break crops such as pulses and canola,” Mr Swan says.
“The problem is, once high populations of herbicide resistant annual ryegrass become apparent, the profitability of continuous wheat significantly reduces.
“Rotations that include a break crop in paddocks with high populations of resistant annual ryegrass were more profitable than continuous wheat and had significantly less ryegrass numbers after three years, provided all the available tactics were used to reduce germination and prevent seed set.
“Our experiments demonstrated that it is cheaper and more effective to control ryegrass using one of the many break crop options than attempting to achieve control in wheat using expensive herbicides.”
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