A look at agriculture and farming in Australia and around the world. Covering a range of topics including soil health, ag tech, farm innovation, weed management, herbicide usage, livestock management, profitability and sustainability.
With harvest kicking off around the country we're talking grain storage and grain storage options so your can keep your grain in top condition for sale, stock or sowing. In todays WTT we cover off Silo and Silo Bags, Fumigation of grain and seed treatment to ensure your farm keeps its grain clean. We also talk about the importance of keeping your site clean and preventing an infection of pests before they occur.
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Today we're answering the most common questions I get asked "What do you do in agronomy?", "Do I need to go to uni?", "What's the pay like?" and "will I get training?". So if a career in agronomy interests you or you just want to know what a agronomist does and how it relates to the farmer and farming check out todays podcast.
Today we speak to Jon Wright from the Blue-E cattle stud in Woodstock NSW, the stud breeds Angus-Shorthorn Crosses with a strong focus on increasing livestock feed efficiency. We talk about why increasing feed efficiency is important and the benefits that it can provide producers with at a farm level along with the benefits it can provide the nation through reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We also talk about Jon's grazing strategy, how he uses the data he collects on farm and the decisions he makes using that data. Finally we also talk about the impact of climate change from a marketing and market access perspective and how what we as farmers do in relation to climate change and carbon management will affect what markets we can sell into.
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On today's Wednesday Tec Talk we talk about farm biosecurity, why its important, how it impacts you and some simple principals you can undertake to make sure that Australia maintains its clean green reputation and more importantly ensure that your farm and business remain free of pests and diseases.
Over the long weekend I watched two shows of TV one was Australian Story where they focused on the Monaro farmer Charles Massey and his journey to regenerative agriculture and the was Kiss The Ground on Netflix which looked mainly at farming in the USA and what makes sustainable and regenerative agriculture. This is my reply to those shows, what makes a sustainable farmer? and is that different to a regenerative farmer? In my opinion 99% of Australian farmers run zero till direct drill cropping systems and rotate or cell graze their stock, do these practices make us regenerative farmers, sustainable farmers or just flat pack stock standard regular farmers?
Some points I thought were valid, some were antagonistic but for the most part I thought we doing these things already.
Have a listen and let me know your thoughts
By Listener request we talk about Fall Army Worm, its one of the new and emerging threats to agriculture and sustainable farming in Australia. Since its arrival in January 2020 its settled in and made it clear that its here to stay. So we talk about what this invasive pest is, where it lives, what crops it likes and how to manage it. For more including a identification guide click on the links below and remember if you spot this pest notify your local department of Ag.
GRDC Fall Army Worm
Department of Agriculture
Today's short podcast is on Tyne Vs Disc Seeders and trying to determine what will work best in your farming system. We cover how a seeder interacts with the use of pre emergent herbicides, the effect of stubble or pasture and how a furrow might benefit you.
Carrying on from a Wednesday Tec Talk on Mice we now look at grubs and what they can do to crops. We're currently seeing them in canola, faba beans, chickpeas and lupins, they have the ability to do massive damage to crops but their are things we can do to protect our crops from them. So we talk about what these grubs are, how we find them and then how we deal with them.
Soil Biology is not a very well understood area of modern agriculture but a lot of time is spent talking about biology, particularly in organic and regenerative agricultural circles. However good soil biology is essential to farming and agriculture no matter what industry you're in so today we're taking a look at what soil biology is, why its important and what can be done to improve it.
For a basic way to test your soil biology check out the link below and "Soil Your Undies!!!"
Today we talk to Meg Kummerow from Fly The Farm about the role of drones in agriculture, we discuss who's using this technology and why. Drones are playing a larger role in farming across both the cropping and livestock industries filling various rolls including crop scouting, mustering, NDVI, spraying and more. We also touch the legislation around operating a drone in Australia and where Meg believes drone technology is going.
If you'd like to know more about drones in ag or are interested in getting a drone please check out Meg's website "Fly The Farm"
Today's Wednesday Tec Talk comes as a listener suggestion and we talk IPM or Integrated Pest Management and beneficial insects. We talk about the types of insects in farming, what a beneficial insect is and why farmers should be trying to promote beneficials in their farming and agricultural systems. We also briefly touch on GM and how genetically modified crops have allowed farmers to use less pesticides and promote greater insect diversity.
Mice have been giving us a hammering our crops and farms lately, attacking canola, wheat, barley and Faba Beans. So today we're talking about what to look for how check activity levels and what to do about them.
Having the right mix of nutrients is essential to having a healthy soil and having a healthy soil is essential to having sustainable and profitable farm regardless of whether you're into cropping, grazing or horticulture. So today we're talking crop nutrition, what it is, why its important and what can be done about it.
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Todays tec talk comes from a listener who asks whats the difference between liquid and granular synthetic fertiliser? So to answer that I've taken a brief look at the difference between liquid and granular sources of nitrogen along with the different sources of starter fertiliser.
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In this podcast we talk with Bob Freebairn about Subtropical Pastures, what they are, where they grow, their place in the farming system and how to establish them. For more information on Bob and his work check out his articles for below.
Some of Bob's Articles
Break Outs are when weeds, disease or pests enter and take hold of a paddock. Listen to today's podcast to find out where they come from, how they start and how to deal with them.
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Today we're interviewing Robert Mackenzie from Macka's Beef. Macka’s is a fifth generation family run cattle business. Operating from five properties around Gloucester and Port Stephens in NSW they breed Angus Cattle for both export and domestic consumption. We talk to Robert about how he makes sure he’s producing a top quality product and how he manages to delivery a consistent high quality product for export.
Check out Macka’s website
The Smart Label Farm Online Article
Good water quality is essential for a good spray. How do you know if its good and what should you look for?
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Water Rates can one of the simplest ways to increase the quality of spray job and in many situations it might be difference between a spray working or not. For more visit www.inthepaddockpodcast.com or check out the links below.
Cover crops have gained a lot of interest and popularity in the few years thanks to people like Gabe Brown and the regenerative agriculture community that have promoted them heavily. Trial work in Australia has shown them to be effective but more needs to be done to prove that they are a viable and effective long term option.
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In Dryland Farming our yield potential is set by how much rain we receive during the growing season, everything else we do reduces yield.
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Hard to kill weeds are a fact of farming, whether they're naturally tolerant like Windmill Grass or Feathertop Rhodes or herbicide resistant like Ryegrass or MilkThistle. Here's why and how they should be controlled. Read more here: https://inthepaddockpodcast.com/blog-2/
Despite its name this is really guide to growing any crop as the key to success is being organised and being prepared, setup the nutrition, control your weeds and manage your pests.
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The first of hopefully many podcasts on the business of farming and agriculture in Australia, where we'll look at how to run a sustainable and profitable farming business by discussing things like livestock management, cropping, soil nutrition, cover crops, weed management, herbicide resistance, new technology and many other topics.
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