EP Farming Systems Summary 2016

Welcome to the eighteenth Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems Summary. This summary of research results from 2016 is proudly supported by the South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) and the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) through the Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems projects.

 We would like to thank SAGIT and GRDC for their contribution to Eyre Peninsula for research, development and extension and for enabling us to extend our results to all farm businesses on EP and beyond in other low rainfall areas.


1. Cover pages

2. GRDC Foreword

3. EPFS Editorial Team

4. Contents

5. MAC Update 2016

6. MAC Staff and roles

7. EPARF Sponsors

8. EPARF Report 2016

9. EPARF Members 2016

10. MAC Events 2016

11. EP Seasonal Summary 2016

12. LEADA update

13. MAC Farm Report 2016

14. Understanding trial results and statistics

15. Types of work and useful conversions

16. EP Ag Research Sites 2016

Section 1: Cereals

17. Elliston and Wharminda district wheat trials 2016

18. Colimitation of wheat crops on EP – N and water

19. Effect of time of sowing and variety on grain yield demo

20. Cereal variety performance tables EP

Section 2: Break crops

21. Break crop performance tables

22. Evaluating alternative pulse options for low rainfall

23. Rethinking ascochyta blight control in peas

24. SAGIT vetch trials on EP

25. Impact of sowing date on phenology and yield of lentil and faba bean

Section 3: Disease

26. Summary of 2016 season and cereal disease implications for 2017

27. Fluid delivery systems and fungicides in wheat

28. Fluid delivery systems in canola

29. Rhizoctonia bare patch disease inoculum build up in different cereal crops and varieties

Section 4: Farming systems

30. Farming systems projects on Eyre Peninsula in 2016

31. Herbicide efficacy in retained stubble systems

32. Grass weed management in pasture

33. Impact of retaining stubble in low rainfall farming systems

34. Crop establishment on non-wetting sand

35. Eyre Peninsula Grain and Graze 3 outcomes

Section 5: Weeds

36. Seeding rate by row spacing for barley grass management

37. Row orientation, seeding system and weed competition

38. Grass weed management in retained stubble systems – farm demos

39. Management of group A herbicide resistant barley grass in pasture phase

40. Overdependence on agrochemicals – UNFS barley grass trial

41. Effect of sowing time on rye grass control in wheat

Section 6: Livestock

42. The impact of livestock on paddock health – 9 year enterprise summary

43. The mechanisms that lead to yield loss after grazing across agro-ecological zones

44. Keeping livestock productive on crop stubbles

Section 7: Pastures

45. Identifying the causes of unreliable N fixation by medic based pastures

46. Improving regenerating medic pastures in low rainfall mixed farming systems

47. Modelling methane emissions from Merino lambs on improved foragesin low rainfall mixed farming systems

48. Low cost annual pasture legumes for sandy soils

Section 8: Soils

49. Heavy trafficking gives Rhizoctonia a headache

50. Farming Acid Soils Champions for cost effective management of low soil pH on lower EP

51. Overcoming subsoil constraints to incease soil carbon in EP soils

Section 9: Nutrition

52. Effectiveness of in season soil sampling and testing for optimising nitrogen inputs

53. Manganese applications did not improve cereal yields in 2015 and 2016

Section 10: Supporting information

54. Chemical product trademark list

55. Contact list for authors

56. Acronymns and abbreviations

57. Back cover pages


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