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Next era of agriculture drives evokeAG event next February

Melbourne will host a unique international technology event specifically for the food and farming community in February 2019, called evokeAG. The event will be staged by AgriFutures Australia, which sees the threshold of the next era in global agriculture. “With the explosion of techn
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Farm machines will lead the drive to digitise

Emerging trends in digital and automation technology offer a bright future for farm machines, says the Australian general manager of the global technology company Lapp. Simon Pullinger points to five trends – intensified networking and miniaturisation, use of connectors instead of dir
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LambEx 2018 offers a $13,000 prize pool to Young Guns

The Australian lamb industry will again acknowledge young and upcoming producers, industry professionals and scientists, in the LambEx 2018 Young Guns Competition. Entrants will compete for a record $13,000 worth of prizes to be presented during the LambEx 2018 event in Perth from 5 t
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Goldacres Expo was a main event

Local sprayer manufacturer Goldacres marked its 40th anniversary with a major Expo at the company’s Mitchell Park production facility just outside Ballarat Vic. Prospective buyers lined up to view and test drive over 80 Goldacres’ products over the two-day event in February. A s
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Top grain grower study shows how to lift profits

Australian grain growers could learn a thing or two from the “top 20 per cent” of growers and lift profitability, as recent research findings showed how top growers mix low risk with high margins. The study commissioned by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) – used
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Sowing canola early can reap some big rewards

Research has found Canola productivity and profitability can be boosted by using some tried and tested guidelines for early sowing. This follows 34 paddock experiments conducted from 2014 to 2016, looking at the interaction between variety and sowing date. The guidelines relate to loc
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Canola growers battling blackleg disease handed a new weapon

The potentially devastating disease blackleg may lose some of its sting, due to a smart phone app just released for canola growers. The BlacklegCM app gives growers a tool to forecast the likelihood and severity of the disease, associated yield loss and economic returns on a paddock-b
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Winter grass resistance to glyphosate makes it a weed to watch

Winter grass (Poa annua), once considered a low-key weed, is coming under increasing scrutiny, with glyphosate-resistant populations being confirmed in Victoria. Dr Peter Boutsalis, from the University of Adelaide says the weed has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Testing has s
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Biosecurity network urges care with water for livestock

Livestock producers are being urged to pay attention to the water their thirsty animals drink during current dry spells – and enjoy the payoff in health and productivity. And this also forms part of good biosecurity practices, according Bonnie Skinner at Livestock Biosecurity Network
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