Podcast: Country Today AgriFocus Interview

Gina Kreeck, SFS Operations Manager

Southern Farming Systems in Victoria's South West has taken its popular AgriFocus field days online, due to COVID restrictions. Southern Farming Systems Operations Manager Gina Kreeck told Will Boddington, the sessions have been surprisingly successful.

Video: Healthy Soils Webinar – Session 3 Soil Organic Carbon

Presenter Dr Susan Orgill, NSW DPI addresses the following scenario: Carbon, it’s all that’s talked about. My kids want me to do something to help the environment and there seems to be lots of benefits in improving soil carbon and I don’t want to miss out if there is money to be made from carbon trading. But I hear it’s tricky to tell if you are actually making a difference and to do this you need to monitor over a long time or test carbon fractions. I’m not sure that my carbon levels are even that bad and that its worth lifting them. How do I even tell and if I do try and improve, what’s the best way to improve soil carbon? The neighbours are putting on compost and I have heard about special pasture renovators and even biological stimulants to increase soil carbon.

Video: Healthy Soils Webinar – Session 2 Soil Acidity

Presenter Dr Jason Condon, Charles Sturt University addresses the following scenario: Some of the soil experts are saying that our current liming topsoil pH targets are much too low and won’t stop subsurface acidity from forming. But liming is expensive and producers/advisors are unsure if they can justify spending money on more lime, especially when lime is not the only limiting factor. Plus, it doesn’t look like the lime is moving, so is it worth it? Are these new targets just for “good country,” and protecting sown pastures, what should producers do about poor pastures or hill country? If producers already have acid subsoils, should they just live with it or try to fix them. Plus aren’t soils naturally acid anyway, is it such a big deal?

Video: Healthy Soils Webinar – Session 1 Fertilisers

Presenter: Dr Mark Farrell, CSIRO addresses the following scenario: Healthy soils are the foundation of a productive and profitable grazing system. In the past the focus on achieving a healthy soil and pasture has been meeting sufficient levels of available nutrients by fertilising. However today some producers are querying the response they are getting from their traditional fertilisers given the money they spend; fertiliser just doesn’t seem to work like they used to. Understandably many question if they are getting good value for the fertiliser investment. When combined with recent discussion around achieving balanced soil condition, holistic soil management, feeding the soil bugs and ‘natural’ fertilisers, it is not surprising many of us are wondering what’s the right way to go.

Video: Predicting wheat and barley flowering time in Australia

Dr James Hunt talks about optimizing wheat yield through selection of variety for its optimal flowering time in the HRZ.

Video: Women On Farms: PayDirt Workshops

Video: Risk

Australian farming is one of the riskiest businesses in the world because of climatic conditions, prices and our reliance on export markets. This video explores concepts around risk in farming. It explains volatility, the limitations with using averages to understand risk, correlations between yields and prices and how to frame the odds to inform risky decisions. It also shows ways of presenting information so the risk can be appreciated.

Video: Rules of thumb

We commonly make decisions without thinking too much about them, using previous ‘rules’ to guide the choices we make. But are these rules always the best to follow and could they be leading us to make poorer decisions? This video explores the concept of Rules of Thumb and how to test if they are appropriate for the next big decision you are going to make.

Video: Decision matrix

Many decisions in farming are complex. There are often multiple factors to weigh up but may not be of equal importance. We also know complex decision are influenced by our head, heart and gut. This video steps through a simple process to help make more informed decisions using a seven-step process called a decision matrix.

Video: Managing soil constraints using soil amelioration

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Video: Weed Resistance Management

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Video: Wheat Variety Management

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Video: SFS Canola Agronomy for Varieties in the HRZ

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Video: Tangible benefits of soil organic carbon on water holding capacity

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Video: Faba Bean Disease Management

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Video: Pre-emergent herbicides in beans

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Video: Where the rubber hits the road with subsoil amelioration

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Video: Making sub soil manuring work

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Video: Better frost decisions

The webinar features leading Frost Research Expert Kelly Angel, BCG and local agronomists, discussing the latest research and approaches to managing frost on-farm. With SFS farmers sharing their experiences and ideas to direct future research investment.

Video: A grower and agronomist’s frost discussion in the High Rainfall Zone

Better Frost Decisions is an extension project that aims to assist farmers in frost-prone areas to make better-informed decisions to help farm businesses better manage (and reduce) the risk and impact from frost. Better Frost Decisions is part of a national GRDC investment through the project “Applying current knowledge to inform grower decision making to mitigate the impact of frost, now and in the future”, with Mallee sustainable Farming coordinating this project across the Southern Region.

Video: More Sub-Clover

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Video: Spray Grazing – turning weeds into feed and lessons learnt

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Video: Barley Disease Management

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Video: Optimising plant establishment, crop densities and row spacings to maximise yield

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Video: Herbicide tolerance of pulse and oilseed crops

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Video: XC & CT Canola Technologies IWM Trial

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Video: Barley Variety by Management

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Video: Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit

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Video: GrainSearch Barley & Wheat Evaluation Trials

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Video: Visual indicators of soil condition on the soil surface and clover roots

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Video: Visual indicators of soil condition in plants and the pasture

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Video: Visual indicators of soil condition in the paddock

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Video: Improving faba bean nodulation on acid soils

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Video: 2020 Pre-Emergent Herbicide Trial – SFS Inverleigh Trial Site

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Video: 2020 Faba Bean Disease Management Update – Hamilton Branch Trial Site

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Video: 2020 Canola Disease Update – Lake Bolac Trial Site

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Video: Introduction to the Winter Crop Walk Video Series

SFS Winter Crop Walk Video Series has been developed in the response to improvements in our communications with members and partners and COVID-19 restrictions, you can't come to the trials we will bring the trials to you.

Podcast: Effect of Stubble on N Tie Up

James Hunt, La Trobe University
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Podcast: Maximising Canola Profitability

Penny Riffkin, Agriculture Victoria
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Podcast: New Pasture Research

Lisa Miller, SFS
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Podcast: Hyper Yielding Cereals Project

Ian Herbert, SFS
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Podcast: SFS Cereal Variety Trials

Jon Midwood, SFS
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Video: Southern Farming Systems Sowing Operations 2016

Follow a day in the life of sowing trials at SFS this season.

Video: GCTV19: Different Seeders Different Yields

Paul Breust discusses the 2015 Seeder Demo Day, April 2016.

Video: Harvest Weed Seed Control for the high rainfall zone

SFS's Aaron Vague summarises the current Harvest Weed Seed Project.

Video: Pastures In Crop Sequencing for the high rainfall zone

SFS's Simon Faulkiner and Gorst Rural's Craig Drum discuss the Pastures in Crop Sequencing Project.

Video: GCTV19: Dual Purpose Wheat shows real promise for mixed farm enterprises in HRZ

Annieka Paridaen formerly of SFS discusses Dual Purpose Wheat.

Video: Direct heading canola in the western districts of Victoria

SFS looks at the benefits of direct heading canola in western Victoria.

Video: Testing water rates penetration of canola canopy for desiccation sprays

SFS's compares water rates to desiccate weeds under a canola canopy.

Video: GCTV: SFS Seeder Trials 2015

SFS's Paul Breust summarises the Inverleigh Seeder Demonstration.

Video: Late-season nitrogen application

SFS's John Midwood discusses the results of late-season nitrogen application trials.

Video: Online Farm Trials 2014

Ag Consultant Cam Nicholson talks about SFS's recent involvement in the Online Farm Trials Project - funded by GRDC (March 2014).

Video: GCTV15: Dual Purpose Wheat

SFS's Annieka Paridaen discusses the results of spring sown winter wheat.

Video: GCTV15: Dual Purpose Canola

Dual purpose Canola featuring grower David Brady and SFS's Annieka Paridaen.

Video: Harvest the time to get on top of resistant weeds

Dr Chris Preston discusses strategies to combat weeds at harvest.

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