Video: The Victorian Drought and Innovation Hub in action!

The Victoria Drought and Innovation Hub in action! Take a look at our latest projects on climate resilience and drought preparedness across the state.

Video: How to use fertiliser N successfully – Lee Menhennett, Incitec Pivot Ltd.

At what price is there a place for bagged N in pastures (beef/cattle)?

  • If additional nitrogen is being supplied as fertiliser – what application rates should be used, how many applications per year, when should these applications occur (timing, growing conditions) and which pastures should be targeted?
  • Is there any role for using soil testing to monitor N levels in pastures and, if so, how do we make it accurate?
  • What are the environmental implications of increasing nitrogen levels in a perennial pasture system and how to minimise them? N losses, denitrification, leaching.

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Video: Maximising legume N contribution in mixed pastures- Dr Belinda Hackney, NSW DPI

How much N do we get from clovers and when?

  • If relying on legumes in the pasture system to supply the required nitrogen, how can nitrogen fixation be maximised?
  • If using both N fertiliser and clover, what rules apply to maximise production & profit?

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Video: How to maximise the potential gains from N in perennial pasture systems? – Lisa Warn, Ag Consulting

How important is nitrogen in terms of improving pasture growth?

  • Pasture nitrogen requirements – how much is needed?
  • N cycle - when is N supplied & when is it deficient? How do clovers and organic nitrogen fit into the cycle?
  • What is the speed of the N cycle through mineralisation and what affects this rate?
  • What yield advantage can be gained by supplying more nitrogen to perennial pastures?

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Video: How do I know if my perennial grasses need rescuing?

Maintaining a high proportion of desirable perennial grass in a pasture requires active management. This video runs through the key things you need to get right, so you can lift or maintain desirable grass content and make your pastures more productive, persistent and able to resist weed invasion.

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Podcast: 2022 SFS Results Morning – SFS Canola Variety x Management Trials

Michelle McClure with Grace Evans SFS Research and Extension Officer

Grace Evans SFS Research and Extension Officer at the SFS 2022 results morning discussing SFS Variety by Management Canola Trials

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Podcast: 2022 SFS Results Morning – SFS Wheat Variety x Management Trials

Michelle McClure with Ashley Amourgis SFS Research and Extension Coordinator

Ashley Amourgis SFS Research and Extension Coordinator at the SFS 2022 results morning discussing SFS Variety by Management Wheat Trials

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Podcast: Southern Farming Systems 2022 Results Morning Play List- A Nitrogen decision making journey.

Michelle McClure

This playlist is all the presentations from the Southern Farming Systems 2022 Results Morning - A Nitrogen decision making journey for the 2022 Cropping Season.

 

Podcast: 2022 SFS Results Morning – Faba Bean Nitrogen Fixation & Canopy Management

Michelle McClure with James Manson, PhD Student, Adelaide University and former SFS Senior Research and Extension Officer

Southern Farming Systems Podcast with James Manson, PhD Student, Adelaide University and former SFS Senior Research and Extension Officer at the SFS 2022 results morning discussing Faba Bean’s Nitrogen Fixation & Canopy Management trials from 2021.

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Podcast: 2022 SFS Results Morning – Decision making & using a decision matrix.

Michelle McClure with Cam Nicholson, Nicon Rural

Southern Farming Systems Podcast with Cam Nicholson, Nicon Rural  discussing Decision Making and using a decision matrix to decide, When should I apply the greatest percentage of total Nitrogen to gain the best return for cereals?

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Podcast: 2022 SFS Results Morning – Nitrogen & Commodity forecasts, decisions for the 2022 Cropping Season

Michelle McClure with Wes Lefroy, Rabobank

Southern Farming Systems Podcast with Wes Lefroy Rabobank’s Senior Agricultural Analyst at the SFS 2022 Results Morning discussing Nitrogen and commodity forecasts, and decisions for the 2022 Cropping Season starting with the key drivers of supply and price globally.
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Podcast: 2022 SFS Results Morning – Nitrogen Strategies & Considerations for 2022

Michelle McClure with Jon Midwood TechCrop Services

Southern Farming Systems Podcast with Jon Midwood, TechCrop Services, at the SFS 2022 results morning discussing Nitrogen Strategies & Considerations for 2022.

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For more information contact: Jon Midwood E: jon@techcrop.com.au M: 0400 666 434
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Video: How do I winter clean pastures to remove annual grass weeds?

Some annual grass weeds can reduce the quality, productivity and persistence of your pastures. Winter cleaning is an effective tactic to reduce annual grass weeds. Watch this video to learn the process of winter cleaning and what you need to consider when using this herbicide method.

Video: How do I spray-top to reduce annual weeds in pastures?

If you want pastures without troublesome annual weeds then watch this video on spray-topping. It shows you the critical factors to help you improve perennial grass and clover content and extend the productive life of sown pastures.

Podcast: Did we make ‘Better Frost Decisions’? – Issue 3 December

Tanja Morgan with Peter Hayman, Naomi Scholz, Jess Koch, Adam Morgan, Michelle McClure

We have multiple guests on the show as we take Issue 3 of the Better Frost Decisions newsletter to the air waves.

Tanja Morgan talks Spring temperature and frost events with Peter Hayman, SARDI Climate Applications. We also take a trip to the regions with an update from the Tooligie frost demonstration with Naomi Scholz; Jess Koch, PA Consultant from Breezy Hill Ag Services talks about frost mapping in the Upper North; we interview Southern SA Mallee farmer Adam Morgan as he talks about how frost impacts his farming system and we finish off with Michelle McClure, Southern Farming Systems, to talk about a new frost economic scenario calculator for growers and advisors.

For more information, including an update from Birchip Cropping Group, check out Issue 3 of the Better Frost Decisions newsletter online here

Video: How do I identify sub-clover cultivars?

This video helps you develop basic skills in sub-clover cultivar identification and narrow down what sub-clover cultivars are growing in your paddocks. Not being able to identify problem sub-clover cultivars means up to 30% winter production could be forfeited if growing outdated varieties or oestrogenic sub-clovers that impact on sheep reproduction go unrecognised.

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Video: BUILDING DROUGHT RESILIENCE DURING GOOD TIMES

With all the talk about climate change have you ever wondered what it might mean for your farming business?  What impact will there be on crop yields, pasture growth and farm profit?  If I need to be prepared, what changes should I be thinking about?

Southern Farming Systems have received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund to conduct analysis on 32 crop and livestock farms in South West Victoria to understand the likely impact of different climate change predictions.

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To register your interest contact Tahlia Ferguson SFS, E: tferguson@sfs.org.au, M: 0418 462 967

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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