Innovative solutions to controlling agricultural weeds project

This project aims to build community capacity to control agricultural weeds via education and extension in addition to trialling innovative approaches for the control of Ragwort (Secencio jacobaea). This project is is supported by funding from the Australian Government.

The projects main activities are;

1. support for well established farmer weed discussion group (known as the Community Weeds Taskforce)

2. Establishment, monitoring and evaluation of a ragwort control demonstration site.

3. Two farmer field days; one exploring and sharing knowledge on best practice for the control of ragwort in addition to other agricultural weeds the other sharing the outcomes of the ragwort demonstration site.

This project is expected to achieve a reduction in the cost of weed control for farmers and increased farm gate profits as a result of increased weed control in the region.

How to commit herbicide – a field day was held on 24th August 2017

SGLN held a successful field day on Thursday 24th August as part of its ‘Innovative solutions to controlling agricultural weeds’ project.
Over fifty participants watched demonstrations of weed spraying by an unmanned aerial vehicle – the Yamaha R-max unmanned helicopter- and ‘Weedsteamers’ steam weeder in the field day host’s organic blueberry orchard. Property owner Tim Farrell is a partner in the steam weeding business and has controlled the weeds in the orchard exclusively with his steam weeding machine.
Field day participants first looked at our ragwort control trial plots where agronomist John Gallienne explained the trial setup. The aim of the trial is to evaluate some practical control options for ragwort growing in established pastures that are appropriate for the region, including determining the cost-effective outcome of these options for landowners.
The various treatments being evaluated are:
Spray applications: -Organic herbicide
-Selective herbicide
Steam treatment
Plant nutrients and/or lime – depending on soil test results
Control – untreated
The demonstration trial activities will be recorded and mapped against the treatments. The results will be available to the farming community in the region at a trial site ‘paddock walk’ in January 2018 and the field day in early March 2018. Information will also appear in Landcare newsletters and the local press.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian government.

Field day notes are available to download here

Ragwort info sheet is available to download here

Safe use of agrichemicals fact sheet is available to download here

Community Weeds Taskforce Facebook feed

2 weeks ago
South Gippsland Landcare Network

Community Weeds Taskforce members are trying to get some action against people who will not spray their weeds. Landholders who continue to break the law and their neighbours hearts with their selfish ... See more

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1 year ago
Timeline Photos

There are so many different species of grass! Get to know the ones in your patch.

A 1 day Grass Identification Training Course with Dr Graeme Lorimer.

Where: 15 Lowrys Road, Hoddle (Fish ... See more

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1 year ago
Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group

Update on Wandering Trad Bio-Control.
Testing of the fungus Kordyana brasiliensis has been successfully completed and an application to release it will be submitted by the end of 2016. Testing of the ... See more

UPDATE ON THE WANDERING TRAD BIO-CONTROL PROJECT
Tradescantia fluminensis (Wandering Trad) forms thick mats of leaves and stems along stream banks that suppress all other plants. In the Dandenongs an ... See more

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1 year ago
Keith

Changes to where to find WONS info, see the post below

See below a message Hillary sent around -

Dear Weeds of National Significance partners,

I’m pleased to let you know that the Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) webpages, now reside on the ... See more

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1 year ago
Timeline Photos

On the hop! Rabbit Workshops are being rolled out across the Bass Coast and West Gippsland in comming weeks- all welcome. Please share this post with others.

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1 year ago
Pest Animal and Weed Management Survey

Share your vital knowledge on weed and pest animal management.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is conducting a survey on pest animal and weed ... See more

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1 year ago

The Community Weeds Taskforce are having their next meeting this Thursday, 10am-1pm at Leongatha. If you would like to attend- please email Kate McKenzie via katem@wgcma.vic.gov.au

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1 year ago
South Gippsland Landcare Network

Watch "I was a Ragwort Victim" on @Vimeo password is test https://t.co/0CBLBBMki3

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South Gippsland Landcare Network

A locally made video from 25 years ago featuring a young Kate Walsh, David Shambrook, Jean Moir and Don fairbrother. The password is test.

Watch "I was a Ragwort Victim" on @Vimeo password is test https://t.co/0CBLBBMki3

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South Gippsland Landcare Network

A locally made video from 25 years ago featuring a young Kate Walsh, David Shambrook, Jean Moir and Don fairbrother. The password is test.

Watch "I was a Ragwort Victim" on @Vimeo password is test https://t.co/0CBLBBMki3

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