More crop, less weeds sustainably workshop

A MORE crop, less weeds workshop to be held on August 5 at the Kojonup Sporting Complex from 8.30am to 12.30pm will focus on achieving the lowest possible weed numbers to maximise crops.

A range of measures will be explored that can be incorporated into farming systems to give crops the upper hand against weeds.

Discussion will centre around how leading growers have used harvest weed seed control techniques to manage their weeds, provide local simulations using the Ryegrass Integrated Management (RIM) model to target the seedbank and investigate the glyphosate resistance threat and how weeds are evolving to bypass both herbicide and non-herbicide controls.

There will be a number of speakers on the day.

Peter Newman leads the AHRI Communication team and is based in Geraldton. Mr Newman will present the Ryegrass Integrated Management (RIM) model demonstrating the benefits of harvest weed seed control (HWSC) tools and the cost of adopting each tool.

Michael Ashworth is an AHTI Post Doc, who is interested in herbicide resistant wild radish populations and 2,4 –D resistance evolution. He’ll be presenting his work on wild radish and how it is evolving to bypass weed control measures.

Ray Harrington has been a farmer for over 30 years and is the creator of the Harrington Seed Destructor, a machine used to reduce weed seed set at harvest. He will talk about his experiences and the progress of the integrated Harrington Seed Destructor.

Tom Murphy manages the 10,000 ha North Star Aggregation in Northern NSW. For four years he has worked to reduce inherited glyphosate resistant barnyard grasses. Group ‘A’ resistant black oats (wild oats) and Group ‘B’ resistant phalaris. He has recently begun windrow burning and will discuss his experience with getting his resistance problem under control.

‘More crop, less weeds’ is hosted by Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative AHRI and WeedSmart in conjunction with Southern Dirt.

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