Southern NSW grain grower Daniel Fox (pictured) will open his Marrar property to visitors as part of WeedSmart Week in Wagga Wagga in August.
Southern New South Wales grain grower Daniel Fox’s property north of Marrar has undergone significant change in recent years, moving from a mixed farming enterprise to a full cropping program.
This change prompted intense scrutiny of the operation’s approach to weed management to ensure that the control of hard-to-kill weeds is effective, affordable and achievable in the long term.
The 5th generation grower, who works the 2000 hectare property with his mother, father and grandfather attended the inaugural WeedSmart week in Western Australia last year, an industry-owned initiative committed to delivering practical, researched information that promotes the use of multiple on-farm management tools to encourage ‘more crop, less weeds’ and keeps herbicides working for the long-term.
This year he will host a farm visit when WeedSmart week comes to Wagga Wagga in NSW. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) are major investors in the project with corporate support from Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), Bayer Crop Science, Monsanto, Nufarm, Sinochem, Syngenta, BASF, Gentech Seeds/Pioneer and Dow Agrosciences.
Mr Fox said their weed control program aimed to make the cropping program work more efficiently, boost yield and improve the business’ bottom line, and WeedSmart week would help demonstrate ways to achieve an effective control program.
“In the past couple of years we have been working towards a full 12 metre 3:1 controlled traffic system, which is almost complete with a new disc system implemented recently,” Mr Fox said.
“We focus on having a four-year rotation of pulse crop, canola and then two cereal crops. This allows for a double break to target bo...
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