WeedSmart Week set for South Australia

EACH year growers and agronomists are invited to attend WeedSmart Week, somewhere in Australia.
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YP AG senior agronomist Chris Davey (right) is encouraging growers to attend WeedSmart Week in September. Image courtesy Weed Smart.

Staff writer

This year the three-day event will begin with a one-day forum at Clare Golf Club, South Australia, on Tuesday 1 September.

The following two days will be spent touring farms in the Clare region to see how growers are implementing the WeedSmart Big 6 tactics to minimise the impact of herbicide resistance on their businesses.

The WeedSmart Week theme this year is ‘Diversify and Disrupt - Use the BIG 6 to beat crop weeds'.

This flagship event of the WeedSmart program is supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

This year's event will be co-hosted by Pinion Advisory, YP AG and the Hart Field Site Group and will be the sixth WeedSmart Week event.

WeedSmart program leader, Lisa Mayer, said the event in Clare is the first of its kind for SA, giving growers and agronomists access to practical research and implementation of tactics that are known to effectively manage the risk of herbicide resistance in weeds.

"Weeds have gained the upper hand on some farms and have too much influence over farming system decisions," she said.

"The herbicide and non-herbicide tactics that form the WeedSmart Big 6 have been researched and demonstrated in the field - we know they work. Growers and agronomists in each region and on each farm can adapt the Big 6 principles to bring more diversity to their farming system and bamboozle weeds."

WeedSmart Week brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience from local and inter-state growers, researchers, advisors and technology experts - putting the spotlight on herbicide resistance and weed management.

Growers can see what is and isn't working first-hand and consider how key principles can be applied directly to their own farming operation.

There will be a focus on both herbicide and non-herbicide tools and plenty of chances to see how mechanical tactics like harvest weed seed control can fit into a variety of farming systems to drive down weed numbers.

Registering for the event can be done at https://weedsmart.org.au/weedsmart-week-clare/
For more information visit the WeedSmart website: www.weedsmart.org.au