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Due to a myriad of factors including climate change, weather pattern changes, market fluctuations and soil types, some Australian grain growers are looking to diversify their crops. OFT contains numerous trials on alternative crops for you to explore. 

Reductions in nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) are determined by a number of factors, including N leaching, losses of N from the soil as gas and crop diseases. Given the current seasonal conditions, how can nitrogen inputs be optimised for the 2019 growing season? There are more than 60 trials in OFT that contain results on NUE and address a number of topics, including soil water interactions, N source and placement, topdressing and soil-specific N strategies.

How can the ascochyta pathogen be managed given its ability to survive between seasons on infected plant residues? Yield losses from ascochyta infection can be minimised through good management practices, including early and timely intervention with fungicides. OFT contains over 110 trials with results on ascochyta blight, including: strategies for blight control in field peas, blight intervention with fungicides in chickpeas and ascochyta resistant varieties of chickpeas.

In today’s farming systems, weeds are controlled largely by the application of herbicides. Heavy reliance on chemicals, however, has led to issues of herbicide resistance. New trials data and information is available that provides alternative strategies to reduce weeds in crop, including integrated weed management where crop competition can play an important role.

Blackleg is a severe disease affecting canola and has increased over the last few years. Blackleg can result in major yield losses and some varieties have developed high resistance to treatment options. Blackleg produces airborne spores that can travel long distances. Spore release is triggered by rainfall. High rainfall means earlier spore release and this could impact the severity of the disease. More recently, blackleg symptoms have also been found in plant roots which could result in the death of the plant. Blackleg can be managed in the first instance by choosing a variety that is blackleg resistant. Other strategies include fungicide options and avoiding the last years stubble.This bookmark filters on Canola fungicide trials in the sourthern region.