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Syngenta crop protection - New ‘solutions based’ demonstration site

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An innovative demonstration site outside Moree will provide grain producers and agronomists throughout northern NSW and southern Queensland with a first hand appreciation of the latest advances in crop protection and varieties.  

Located 40 kilometres north of Moree, the 3.5 hectare site includes dozens of side-by-side trials comparing various crop protection products and crop varieties.  

It is the fifth such ‘learning centre’ to be established in key cropping regions throughout Australia by leading crop protection company, Syngenta .  

The company’s regional technical services lead, Phil Hoult, says the Moree site will focus specifically on northern cropping systems.  

“Grain producers in northern NSW and southern Queensland are fortunate in that they can usually grow a range of summer and winter crops – but they face a completely different range of weeds, pests and diseases,” he says.  

“Our soil types, growing conditions and seasonal conditions are also very different from other parts of Australia.  

“This new Syngenta Learning Centre will generate information that is specific to this region.  

“It is a solutions-based trial site that is focused on solving problems rather than just demonstrating the efficacy of various crop protection products.  

“For example, we’ll be looking at issues like herbicide tolerance, the effect of tank-mixes upon efficacy and foliar disease management in wheat and barley.  

“We’re also doing a large replicated trial demonstrating the effects of different spray nozzles, water rates and pressures to control wild oats using Group A herbicides.  

“Another key focus is the development of herbicide resistance strategies, including the efficacy of ‘double knock’ technique to control certain weeds, such as volunteer cotton.  

“Pacific Seeds and Pioneer have also planted a huge number of canola variety trials and they will be on show as the season progresses.  

The first trials were sown in May and June and will be open for inspection throughout the growing season to enable growers and agronomists to view ‘real time’ results.  

“The trial plots are looking fantastic after all the rain we’ve had,” Phil says.  

Syngenta Portfolio Manager – Cereal Herbicides, Jock Leys, says the five Syngenta Learning Centres are playing an increasingly important role in extending research outcomes to Australian farmers.  

“Our learning centres are ideal places for growers and advisers to find out about the latest in crop protection products and techniques, see how they work in real on-farm situations and to get a heads-up on new products that are under development,” he says.  

“We see them playing an important role well into the future.  

“It’s also worth noting that the trials are managed by external contractors so they’re completely independent and unbiased.”  

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