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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 ...
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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 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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 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…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re looking at mixing partners for Group Gs, UAN (urea and ammonium nitrate placement effect on weed growth, and fence line weed control by planting lucerne. WeedSmart Southern Extension Agronomist, Chris Davey has great practical tips on Group Gs today. AHRI’s Dr Mike Ashworth will cover GRDC invested research he’…
 
On this episode of the Regional Update, we catch up with Tim Bartimote. Tim is a Senior Land Services Officer in the Cropping division for NSW Central West Local Land Services. Over the last two years, Tim has been working on a chaff decking paddock demonstration project which has GRDC investment. Tim provides us with an overview of what this proje…
 
On this edition of the podcast, we’re taking a closer look at chaff decks!Chaff decks have been a mainstay in the harvest weed seed control space for a number of years, but with weed seed impact mills starting to increase in market share in this space, where will the chaff deck fit?WeedSmart Southern Extension Agronomist, Greg Condon, who is a big …
 
Our latest Regional Update looks at a three-year Barley Grass Project which is an investment by GRDC being delivered by the University of Adelaide and DPIRD alongside regional partners. WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development research officer Catherine Borger and project participant, Ben Whisson from Consult Ag have some intere…
 
On this podcast we’re looking at good spraying practice with WA farmer Tim Critch and getting an explainer on Nufarm's new Group G herbicide, Terrad'or.Back in February and March of 2020 Tim had some summer rain and decided to look at the weeds not the temperature. If the weeds weren’t moisture stressed he kept spraying all day even when it was hot…
 
In this podcast we focus on the stewardship of the new Syngenta herbicide, Reflex. With so many new products hitting the market and plenty more in the pipeline, it’s beneficial to find out the details about these new products and how they might fit into farming systems. Syngenta’s Technical Services Lead James Considine joins us to give an overview…
 
In this podcast we’re focusing on getting spraying right and new green-on-green autonomous spray technology!We’ve been following the innovative developments in the green-on-green space at WeedSmart quite closely, so we were excited to see Bilberry, SwarmFarm and Goldacres had teamed up to deliver some new autonomous spraying technology. So, in ligh…
 
On today’s episode, we’re heading to the Western Region to get an update from Farmanco agronomist Brent Pritchard who is based in Albany. Brent recently featured in our WeedSmart article on managing fence line weeds off the back of research into glyphosate resistant capeweed which Brent had found at a farm near Borden in Western Australian. So, in …
 
Following on with our innovative farmer series from our last podcast, the in this episode we catch up with Northern Grower from Parkes in New South Wales, Bruce Watson. Bruce is primarily a winter crop grower but also has a block of sorghum on 50cm rows sown into a cover crop of barley & lentils.We also learn about Bayer’s Roundup Ready Xtend Crop …
 
Welcome to the Regional Update. If this is your first time listening to the podcast, each fortnight we check in with an expert from a different cropping region across the country to get a regional update from them.Today we headed to the Southern Region and heard from Tatyoon, Victoria grower and agronomist Craig Drum. Craig is in the high rainfall …
 
This podcast is the first in our two part series on innovative growers tackling weeds with Big 6 principles. On this episode we're focusing on the Southern Region, hearing from two farmers who have quite different farming systems.Our first guest is farmer Damien Schneider (pictured above). Damien farms at Culcairn in southern NSW with his wife Cari…
 
Our WeedSmart Extension Agronomist, Paul MacIntosh has been very busy in the last month travelling, presenting and visiting farms and agriculture events across the Northern Region. Paul provides a great overview of what's happening in the region and what to look out for over the next few weeks when it comes to controlling weeds.…
 
In this podcast, we'll be learning about a new approach in sorghum planting. Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries principal research scientist Dr Michael Widderick will join us to explain the GRDC-funded research out of University of Sydney and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries conducted which found that narrower row spacing in …
 
This is our first Regional Update for the Western Region in 2021. Planfarm Agronomist, Nick McKenna joins us to give an overview of how harvest went for his region in and around the Geraldton area. He also provides some tips on how to control weeds given the likelihood of some rain falling due to a tropical low tracking down the WA coast.…
 
Welcome back to the WeedSmart Podcast for 2021! Your hosts, Jessica Strauss and Peter Newman will join you again in 2021 each fortnight to look at a timely topic related to weed control. In this episode, we're focusing on soil amelioration. Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Research Scientist, Dr Stephen D…
 
Welcome to the last WeedSmart podcast of 2020! What a year it’s been. On this episode we take a deep dive into spot spraying technology. We’re joined by Bilberry CEO, Guillaume Jourdain who provides us with an update on their green on green technology. WA Farmer Andrew Messina also was part of trial work Bilberry did on this technology and he joins…
 
This is our last Regional Update for 2020. This was a new concept we brought about initially as a way to connect with you more due to COVID-19 disrupting in-person events, but it went so well we decided to keep it. So you can expect more Regional Updates in 2021!On this episode, we caught up with Total Ag Services Agronomist, Paul Nelson, from Crop…
 
Today on the podcast we chat with WA farmer Clayton South about his experience with grazing chaff dumps. We also hear from Bayer’s Australian Field Leader of Integrated Weed Management, Craig White about their new herbicide product “Mateno Complete” and how to use it effectively and sustainably in your farming system. As mentioned on the podcast, o…
 
WA farmer Ben Webb joins us on the Regional Update to give us an update on how his year is panning out. He gives some insights into how he's gone using chaff carts and talks about a few other novel approached he has on farm. If you'd like to find out more about Ben's farming system, you can check out the case study on him we did here: https://www.w…
 
On this week's podcast we take a look at a different approach to double knocks. WA-based Farmanco agronomist, Mark Lawrence (pictured) shares with us the benefits of double paraquat and other strategies his clients in the medium to high rainfall zone in WA’s south west region are using. We also find out more about BASF’s new Group G herbicide, Vora…
 
Today on the podcast we’re going be talking about harvester set-up to minimise losses. Professional Contract Harvester Rod Gribble recently did workshops on harvester set-up alongside our NSW based Southern Extension Agronomist, Greg Condon and he joins us on the podcast to share his tips. We also hear from Brett Asphar. He’s a Harvester Specialist…
 
On this edition of the WeedSmart podcast, we’re talking all things pre-harvest. Our South Australian-based Southern Extension Agronomist, Chris Davey joins us to give us the rundown on what growers need to be thinking about before harvest kicks off.We also catch up with GROW advocate, Virginia Tech Associate Professor and Extension Weed Science Spe…
 
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