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Learn from industry leaders at WA WeedSmart Week

Grain growers from across Australia are invited to participate in WA WeedSmart Week from August 8 to 12 2016, when they can learn about herbicide resistance and agronomic management from leading researchers and growers in the field.

WeedSmart is an industry-led initiative to enhance on-farm practices and promote the long-term sustainability of herbicide use in Australian agriculture. Its main sponsor is the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). Other sponsors include Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, Nufarm, Sinochem and Syngenta.

GRDC Western Regional Panel chairman Peter Roberts said WA WeedSmart Week would kick off with a full-day program at the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Crawley.

“Addressing topics ranging from double knocking to resistance mechanisms, senior researchers as well as leading agronomists and growers will share their insights and research into tackling weeds head-on,” he said.

Speakers include:

  • Stephen Powles, AHRI: Don’t always reach for glyphosate
  • Catherine Borger, Department of Agriculture and Food WA: Crop competition
  • Roberto Busi, AHRI: Rotate herbicide modes of action
  • Peter Newman, AHRI: Understand 2,4-D resistance
  • Ben Fleet, University of Adelaide: Utilise cultural and chemical tools to control emerging weeds
  • Peter Boutsalis, Plant Science Consulting: Double knock for results

Other topics include spray small weeds; plan of action to avert glyphosate resistance – test; stop weed set – strategic planning; iHSD – a glimpse of the future; grazing chaff dumps; and capture weed seeds at harvest.

“On August 9 2016, participants can attend the half-day program ‘The fungi-side of the story’ at the Technology Park Function Centre, Bentley, outlining crop disease research by the GRDC-supported Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM).

Topics include fungicide resistance – a national issue; integrated disease management options; barley powdery mildew – the international search for durable resistance; and sclerotinia stem rot – a problematic disease.

“Later that day people can then hit the road until August 12 2016 to take up the unique opportunity of visiting some of WA’s top growers.”

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