Area wide management of weeds – fleabane control in Sunraysia
A novel approach to weed management in Australia is being investigated with the start of a project that aims to research the management, economic and social benefits of tackling weeds on a broader scale.
The traditional approach to tackling weeds has been to focus on paddock or farm scale management. Instead this project aims to take an area-wide approach to weed management. The theory being that if the number of weeds over the entire landscape can be reduced, everyone in that area should benefit, especially when dealing with weeds with mobile seed and pollen. This includes considering potential benefits across different land uses such as dryland, irrigated land and public areas like roadsides.
There are three regions where project work will take place including the Darling Downs, Riverina and Sunraysia. In Sunraysia Flaxleaf fleabane has been chosen as the target weed species with engagement from broadacre, dried fruits, almond and citrus industries.
Local work will include herbicide resistance and genotyping of fleabane populations in the landscape as well as trial work to identify improved management options in both broadacre and horticultural situations.
This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program and the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.
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