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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 […]

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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 […]

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Palmer pigweed

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Warm water

Some things in life are best served warm. It’s just the way it is. The evening meal, toast, custard, hollandaise sauce, herbicide spray water… New research by Devkota and colleagues from Purdue University in the USA tells us that cold water may not be as good as warm water when spraying weeds. They found that […]

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Wild oat resistance takes effort

Many young people don’t like the taste of beer, but they know if they work hard, endure the awful bitter taste and hideous hangovers for a few years, they will eventually like the stuff. It takes effort, but if they stick at it long enough they can get there. And, believe it or not, you […]

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Stay native to the (communication) platform

You can’t have your cake and eat it. But what’s the point of cake if you don’t eat it? Ok, we’ve (deliberately) misinterpreted the saying here, but you get the drift. What is the point of doing research if you don’t tell anyone about it? A lot of money is spent on agricultural research, and […]

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Clean seed – most improved

The Carlton football club have improved out of sight this year. The mighty Blues have already won more games than they did last year and the season isn’t even half done! But they still have room for improvement. The Fremantle Dockers on the other hand… Grain growers in WA get the most improved award for […]

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Harvest Weed Seed Control in the North (it’s possible)

Two English shoe salesmen were sent to Africa in the late 1800’s to see if there was a market for their product. The first salesman reported back, “Situation hopeless, no-one wears shoes, returning home immediately.” The second salesman reported back, “Glorious opportunity, no-one wears shoes.” Salesman two is the real entrepreneur, the person who sees […]

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How stuff works: 2,4-D, free radicals and monkeys

It’s pretty amazing that 2,4-D is our oldest herbicide, yet scientists have only just worked out how it actually kills weeds. This has taken years of research by many researchers to understand. So, like the monkey Curious George, we set out to understand how 2,4-D works (trust us, click through to the full post and […]

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2,4-D Gridlock

Picture yourself as a city slicker driving to work. Between your house and the freeway there are four sets of traffic lights. On this particular day all of the traffic lights are stuck on red. The city is in chaos with no-one able to get to work. You then spend the rest of your life, […]

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America – big weeds, big resistance, big problem

Everything is bigger in America (go big or go home). Cars, food, supermarkets, houses (McMansions), weeds… American weeds are huge. Weeds like tall waterhemp and Palmer pigweed grow 2 to 3 metres tall (six to ten feet in “American”) and can have seed set of up to 1 million seeds per plant. And these aren’t […]

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