Barley grass Management in a mixed farming system

Barley grass Management in a mixed farming system

Demonstrating and validating the implementation of integrated weed management strategies to control barley grass in low rainfall farming systems.

ABOUT the project

Over the last few years there have been increases in barley grass infestations in cereal crops in southern Australia. Pinpointing why these weeds are becoming more problematic in cereals in southern Australia is difficult, but there are several possibilities including adoption of early sowing and that barley grass has developed adaptation mechanisms to escape pre-sowing weed control practices.  

This project is undertaking coordinated development research to demonstrate tactics that can be reliably used to improve management of barley grass. These tactics include herbicide options within relevant rotations in the southern region.  



The Mallee farmer steering committee selected 4 management strategies for investigation in a large scale replicated demonstration trial which was established on a mixed farming property just north of Lameroo.
The district practise strategy of wheat, pasture, wheat will be compared to a range of other strategies over three years to determine which is most successful in reducing barley grass and keeping numbers low.

The 3 year demonstration plan is outlined below:

Podcast Episodes

Barley Grass in the Mallee with Dr Chris Preston

In this episode we are joined by Dr Chris Preston from Adelaide Uni to discuss Barley Grass in the Mallee. We have partnered with the GRDC on this project.

Dr Chris Preston is a Professor in Weed Management at the University of Adelaide where he works on understanding the management of herbicide resistant weeds.

Chris discusses how best to approach and control barley grass in the mallee.


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