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Glufosinate resistance – we know what it’s not

“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones,” Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense 2001-2006. Man, that’s deep! It’s wonderful for a scientist to have a hypothesis, do the research, and find that they were…

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Mini-series – ‘Pre-emergent: A tale of four herbicides’ | Season Finale – Episode 4: ‘Redemption’

They said ‘yeah, it happened in the lab but that will never happen in real life’. The evil Busi said ‘I’m not a bad person, I’m not trying to create a monster, I just found something really bad and felt that I should tell you about it’. The naysayers said, ‘sure, just tell us when it happens in real life, then we’ll believe you’. Guess what, it happened! Dun dun duuuun!!!! Canadian researchers Mangin, Hall and Beckie have found wild oats that are resistant to Avadex®, and have never been sprayed with Sakura®, were found to be Sakura® resistant. This…

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Mini-series: ‘Pre-emergent: A tale of four herbicides’ – Episode 3: ‘Phorate’

  Previously on ‘Pre-emergent: A tale of four herbicides’… In Episode 1, AHRI researcher Roberto Busi turned to the dark side and evolved Sakura resistance in the lab, and then found this had caused cross-resistance to Boxer® and Avadex®, creating the world’s most wanted criminal ryegrass population. In Episode 2, Busi teamed up with Todd Gaines and Martin Vila-Aiub. They found that the world’s most criminal ryegrass could share its resistance trait by passing on just one single gene. Fortunately, they found that this gene was semi-dominant. Now, in Episode 3, Busi is at it again, trying to correct his…

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Mini-series – ‘Pre-emergent: A tale of four herbicides’ | Episode 2: ‘Incomplete dominance’

Many of our Australian readers would remember the great TV mini-series ‘Underbelly’ that exposed the underworld of Melbourne and Sydney. It got the whole country talking about Carl Williams and the Moran brothers, and the corruption in the police force. Similarly, our mini-series on pre-emergent herbicides will seek to reveal the underbelly of the herbicide world. We started this series a couple of years ago and plan to pick it up where we left off. ‘Pre-emergent: A tale of four herbicides’ has the whole of the Australian agricultural industry talking about cross-resistance, P450’s, GST’s, and the sting in the tail…

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New boy band – ‘The Feathertop Rhodes’

Feathertop Rhodes (FTR) Grass is the boy band of the weeds world. They pop up quickly from obscurity (first to germinate after rain), stress easily at the first sign of trouble (dry), and can be all done and dusted in 18 months (short seed life), not to mention that they are downright annoying as well! If you think this is just a Queensland problem, think again. This boy band, I mean weed, has risen to fame in recent years as it has spread from its home in Queensland to playing gigs on road verges all over the country. When faced…

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Chaff carts – good for the crop and the sheep

So often in life, there are things that conflict with one another. Take the Australian cricket team for example. Social media is great for the social lives of the players, but it is disastrous for their batting. You simply can’t bat all day in a test match when you have the attention span of a goldfish! Farming is just the same. There are conflicting farming practices. Often what is good for the crop is detrimental to the sheep, and vice versa. Until now. The humble chaff cart is good for both the crop and the sheep. Ed Riggall is a…

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Harvester set-up – catch weed seeds and grain

Roger Lowenstein, in his book about Warren Buffett wrote, “Buffett found it extraordinary that academics studied such things. They studied what was measurable, rather than what was meaningful”. When John Broster from CSU and Michael Walsh from Sydney University set out to measure how many weed seeds were entering the chaff fraction in a modern harvester, they were definitely studying what was meaningful, but man was it difficult to measure! In 2014, John and Michael set up trials with five different harvesters in NSW and found, much to their distain, that all of the harvesters were throwing a lot of…

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Low dose phenoxy resistance

Once upon a time we used to argue about whether smoking was bad for your health. We don’t argue about that anymore. In the world of weeds, we used to argue whether low herbicide rates cause herbicide resistance. We don’t argue about this anymore. Both low rates and high rates of herbicide can cause herbicide resistance, but it seems that low rates are the fast track to herbicide resistance. Dr Mike Ashworth from AHRI, evolved resistance to 2,4-D in wild radish. Mike started with only a few hundred plants of a known herbicide susceptible wild radish population, and in just…

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Mungbeans, you will never guess which row spacing is best!

If you have ever tried to use a Philips head screwdriver on a slotted head screw, or hammer in a nail with the back of a spanner, you know how important it is to have the right tool for the job. Mungbeans are often sown with a planter on 1m row spacing that was designed for cotton, maize or sorghum because this is what the grower has and it is hard to have a different planter for every crop. But is it the right tool for the job? We have previously reported on the benefits of narrow row spacing of…

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Narrow row spacing – more crop, fewer weeds

It would be really nice if research told us that fast food, chocolate and lollies were better for us than a balanced diet. We could eat what we want without a care in the world. There are those who believe that junk food is good for you, but the science doesn’t support this belief. It would also be nice if research told us that wide row spacing increased grain yield while improving weed control. Wide row spacing is cheap and convenient. Fewer tines or discs to pull, easier stubble handling, good herbicide safety, less fuel and horsepower required, cheaper machinery,…

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