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Welcome to the WeedSmart Podcast! Each fortnight we'll whip around the cropping regions, focusing on weed control and issues which have cropped up (pun intended). Your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman will be poking fun at themselves and each other. We look forward to giving you a snappy, informative update from the comfort of your tractor, ute, or wherever you may be on the road or farm. Every other week, we also produce a Regional Update podcast, which is a short interview with a lo ...
 
AHRI Snapshots is a podcast which provides information on what we do at the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative, as well as finding out what other researchers in weed science are up to around the country and the world. AHRI's researchers work out of the University of Western Australia, right next to the beautiful Swan River in WA's capital, Perth.
 
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Welcome to the WeedSmart Podcast – this is our last podcast of 2021, so thank you for joining us! On this episode we're focusing on diverse crop rotations and dealing with resistance. We hope there’s some helpful tips for you to take away. CSIRO Chief Research Scientist for Farming Systems, Dr John Kirkegaard, joins us to tell us about current tria…
 
This is the last AHRI Snapshots for 2021! What a year it has been. In this episode we’re catching up with AHRI Director, Hugh Beckie to go over the highlights from AHRI this year. We’ll also get an update on what the plans are for AHRI in 2022. This is now our 6th season of the podcast. Thank you for listening this year and we look forward to bring…
 
In this Regional Update, we catch up with Nutrien Agronomist, Bernie Quade who is based in Wyalkatchem, Western Australia. Bernie talks to us about how frost has affected his region and provides some tips on Summer weed control. This is our last Western Region Update for the year! Thanks to Bernie for coming on and having a chat with us! Give Berni…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re looking at how to best use residual herbicides after harvest. We hear from ICAN’s Mark Congreve on this. Northern Grower Alliance CEO Richard Daniel also joins us to talk about summer weed control how using an optical spray can maximise your use of residual herbicides. We also hear from Frankland based Agronomi…
 
Kate speaks with Brad Bogolea, CEO and Co-founder of Simbe Robotics. Simbe Robotics developed a mobile robot named Tally, which is bringing advanced shelf insights to improve the retail shopping experience. Tally provides a state-of-the-art sensing system on a robust, scalable platform that collects analytics in real-time. Brad Bogolea Brad Bogolea…
 
We've got exciting news! AHRI is getting a new website next week! AHRI Communications Officer, Jessica Scholle joins me on the podcast today to chat about this new development and we also give a broader communications update on AHRI. You might've noticed we've been getting to know our AHRI researchers better through videos. We talk about the strate…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re looking at strategies to control late season ryegrass. After a good couple of years in much of the Southern Region for rainfall, there is late season weeds coming through the crop. In this episode, we hear from our Southern Region Agronomist, Greg Condon, who provides a great overview of the tools available to …
 
In this interview, we’re catching up with PhD candidate, Hira Shaukat. Hira’s first paper has just been published in the Agriculture Water Management Journal. It’s entitled “Quasi-3D mapping of soil moisture in agricultural fields using electrical conductivity sensing”. The soil moisture measurement technique described in this paper has proven to b…
 
In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Tobias Holmes, Quality Assurance Manager at Blue River Technologies. Blue River uses computer vision and robotics in agriculture and was acquired by John Deere in 2017. Tobias speaks about herbicide resistance, spraying weeds, quality assurance and testing on hardware, and on encouraging kids to learn robotics…
 
In this episode of the Regional Update, we're heading to the Northern Region to catch up with Peter McKenzie, who is Principal Agronomist and Director at Agricultural Consulting & Extension Services. Peter talks to us in this episode about how with there likely to be some difficulties in acquiring agricultural chemicals, it's important to check in …
 
The IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multidisciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in auto…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re looking at how giving the soil a light tickle can help with uniform weed control with Shane Kelly from Kelly Tillage. Kelly Tillage has just come on board as a Silver Partner of WeedSmart, so we're really excited to introduce them to you in this podcast. We’re also going to have a chat with Tom Woods from Woods…
 
Amit Goel, Director of Product Management for Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA, discusses the new collaboration between Open Robotics and NVIDIA. The collaboration will improve the way ROS and NVIDIA’s line of products such as Isaac SIM and the Jetson line of embedded boards operate together. NVIDIA’s Isaac SIM lets developers build robust and scalabl…
 
The Crop Protection Forum is next week in Launceston, Tasmania! In its 7th year, the AHRI, CCDM and Cesar Australia Crop Protection Forum will showcase the latest weeds, pests and disease research for riding out the inevitable storm of chemical resistance. Our experts will explore the implications and solutions for reducing resistance in Tasmanian …
 
We had a small hiatus for the Regional Update due to school holidays, but we're back! We head to the Western Region in this episode and catch up with Today WA farmer, Alex Davies. Alex is based in York and has a continuous cropping farming system and also runs sheep. Alex also shares with us his experience about how the last three seasons have gone…
 
It's hard to believe that harvest is just around the corner! In light of this fast approaching reality, we wanted to talk about crop topping and spray topping. Each of our WeedSmart Extension Agronomists provide a rundown on what to look out for in their cropping regions in regards to crop topping, swathing and desiccation. Paul McIntosh, Northern …
 
In this podcast, we catch up with AHRI Agronomy Researcher Dr Yaseen Khalil about some of the key findings from two of his recent studies. We learn about the effectiveness of different weed control tacts in serradella, which is a legume pasture species. We also learn about how pasture phase farming can be used to reduce the annual ryegrass seed ban…
 
In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Adrian Macneil, Co-founder and CEO of Foxglove. Foxglove makes Foxglove Studio, an open source visualization and debugging tool for robotics. Adrian speaks about the origin of Foxglove, Foxglove’s business model, web and robotics, and gives advice to those interested in getting more involved in robotics. Epis…
 
How do humans become so skillful? Well, initially we are not, but from infancy, we discover and practice increasingly complex skills through self-supervised play. But this play is not random – the child development literature suggests that infants use their prior experience to conduct directed exploration of affordances like movability, suckability…
 
On today’s AHRI Snapshots, we’re catching up with previous AHRI Masters student Martina Badano. Martina worked with Dr Roberto Busi back in 2019 on rapid on-farm testing. Her paper “Rapid On-Farm Testing of Resistance in Lolium rigidum to Key Pre- and Post-Emergence Herbicides” has just been published. We’re going to find out more about it. Here's …
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re focusing on controlling herbicide resistant ryegrass. We’ll hear from grower Murray Scholz, who is based in Culcairn, NSW. Murray and wife Emma are having a real win with grazing to keep ryegrass at bay. We’ll also be hearing from University of Adelaide’s Dr Peter Boutsalis. Peter will provide an update on clet…
 
AHRI researcher, Dr Danica Goggin and others have recently discovered how ryegrass has evolved resistance to Sakura. It’s all about GSTs. Not the tax type, rather gluthione transferase (Danica explains in the podcast why the 'S' was dropped!). Wheat uses GSTs to detoxify and tolerate Sakura, and ryegrass has now evolved to do the same thing, althou…
 
We’ve had a bit of a break from the Regional Update as we were in Esperance for WeedSmart Week – but we’re back! This week we’re heading to the western region. We hear from farmer Daniel Birch who is based near Coorow in Western Australia’s mid-west. Daniel recently took part in a resistance survey conducted by Australian Herbicide Resistance Initi…
 
WeedSmart Week Esperance was a great success, so in this episode we provide recap on how it went. We hear from growers on the day and also our machinery day host, Ben White from Kondinin Group. We also be hear from Sean Roberts from Syngenta on their new sorghum seed safener Epivio C. New Content WeedSmart Week Forum Video Recordings Throwing a wid…
 
In this episode we catch up with AHRI Director Hugh Beckie who recently presented at WeedSmart Week in Esperance. Hugh provides a snapshot into some of the practical research outcomes he was able to share with growers in Esperance in regards to recent results out of the AHRI agronomy team. We also hear from Hugh about how Roberto Busi's resistance …
 
Daniel Birch farms at Catalina Farms near Marchagee in WA's wheatbelt. He recently got resistance testing done through Dr Roberto Busi's resistance testing program. Daniel also attended Roberto's last resistance workshop which took place last week in Dalwallinu. In this interview, Daniel explained how the results from his resistance testing has ass…
 
Our Northern Extension Agronomist, Paul McIntosh joins us for this Regional Update for the north. He gives a good wrap on what to be thinking about in the region. He also gives an overview of the important weed control topics covered in our latest webinar. Webinar Check out our latest webinar, "What’s next in the North for weed control?" here. Weed…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re providing a preview on our WeedSmart Week in Esperance event, which is now only two weeks away! We hear from Beaumont farmers, Phil Longmire, and son Tom. Tom will be presenting at WeedSmart Week, providing a farmer experience on the forum day. Phil, Bindy and Tom Longmire run a family farming business based in…
 
On today’s AHRI Snapshots, we’re catching up with our newest AHRI team member, Dr Candy Taylor! Candy has recently joined the team as a Research Associate. She’s going to be looking at understanding auxinic herbicide resistance dynamics. This work is being supported by an ARC Linkage grant, with additional investment from Nufarm. This was successfu…
 
In this edition of the Regional Update, we're catching up with Farm and General Agronomist, Greg Warren. Greg will be presenting at WeedSmart Week next month, so gives us a bit of a snapshot of what he'll be focusing on. You can find out more and get your tickets here. We also get an overview of what growers should be thinking about at the moment i…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re going to chat to the Northern Grower Alliance CEO, Richard Daniel about the results they got from survey they recently did on optical spraying. Some of the results were quite surprising, especially when it came to how farmers were using the sprayers. We also hear from Cotton Australia Chair, Hamish McIntyre. He…
 
Today we’re catching up with CSIRO Scientist, Dr Rick Llewellyn. Rick is the Group Leader for Integrated Agricultural Systems and is managing the Area Wide Management, or AWM, project. The project is about engaging local stakeholders in generating a better understanding of the weed issues in focus regions through identifying the spatial mobility of…
 
In this episode of the Regional Update, we catch up with our Southern Extension Agronomist, Chris Davey. Chris has been traveling across the Mallee region in the last week, catching up Matt Witney from Dodgshun Medlin and meeting growers across the region to talk all things WeedSmart. We get an overview from Chris on his trip, as well as a regional…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we're looking at how farmers can now actively become citizen scientists by improving weed recognition for machine learning. University of Sydney Precision Weed Control PhD student, Guy Coleman earlier this year, along with Dr Michael Walsh hosted a workshop on weed recognition and machine learning in Wagga Wagga. Guy…
 
Today on AHRI Snapshots, we’re chatting with our new Communications Officer, Jessica Scholle. Jessica comes to us from Scitech, which is an Australian not-for-profit science centre based in Perth, WA. From traveling regionally to deliver face-to-face science presentations, to producing educational science material for online, Jess comes to us with …
 
On this edition of the Regional Update, we’re heading to the Northern region and catching up with Darling Downs & Western Downs Farmer, Andrew Ruhle. Andrew is growing cereal grains using 12 metre controlled traffic, has cattle and a no-till approach. We’re going to learn about how Andrew set-up a custom spreader for chaff tram lining on his Claas …
 
You've heard from us before that soil amelioration can be a game changer - it can bury up to 90% of weed seeds! this edition of the podcast, we’re getting a snapshot into how soil amelioration saved the day for Warakirri's Condingup farm manager, Con Murphy, as well as getting an overview of what other Big 6 principles they're using. We'll be visit…
 
In this episode of AHRI Snapshots, we’re catching up with AHRI Agronomy Research Associate Dr Yaseen Khalil.Yaseen has been working on pasture rotations, with his project finishing up in December this year. Today, we’re going to get an update on where the project is at so far and find out some of the key results.Yaseen’s project is funded by the Gr…
 
In this edition of the Regional Update we’re heading to the Western Region and catching up with farmer, Adrian Perks. Adrian is based in Condingup in WA, which is 70 kilometres north east of Esperance. We’ll be visiting Adrian’s farm as part of Esperance WeedSmart Week, so we’ll find out more about that and get a weed focused update for his region.…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re doing our annual overview of how weed seed impact mills performed over harvest. We feature farmer case studies from each of our mill partners, including HSD, Redekop and Seed Terminator. The farmers we hear from are Steve Lord (Goomalling, WA - Redekop); Tyson Schutz (Grass Patch, WA - Seed Terminator); and Jon…
 
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