The company’s second 2-Wheel Trial Tour in WA this week, which moved from the state’s Great Southern and South Coast regions last year up to the Avon Valley this season, attracted an increased number of motorcycle riders, including from across the Nullarbor.
A group of enthusiastic riders from New South Wales Elders agency, B&W Rural at Moree, and the wider area joined the tour, as well as another Elders agronomist and grower clients from Victoria. WA growers on the tour came from as far as Northampton around to Bremer Bay.
In addition to viewing a range of trials investigating weed and disease control, including showcasing the use of developmental products, as well as crop safety, soil health and frost management, participants enjoyed both open road and dirt riding as they travelled from near Brookton up to York, where they also took in a visit to WhiteGum Farm and its flight facility, before returning to Brookton.
Rather than inspecting only the company’s trials, the Adama team also worked closely with a range of other companies and organisations, including SACOA, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI), Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and consultancy groups, Farmanco, agVivo and Living Farm, to highlight a broad spectrum of research. Several trials are being coordinated with funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
Ben Cripps, who joined the tour from Northampton, said it was excellent Adama included trials on the tour from different organisations, while he also enjoyed meeting other like-minded people from across Australia.
Adama Market Development Manager - WA, Bevan Addison, said the weed control trials featured one of the company’s new products due for release in 2021, Ultro 900 WG, a Group E herbicide for grass weed control in grain legume crops. It is being compared with existing products in lupin and field pea crops.
Bevan said Ultro 900 would provide excellent control of annual ryegrass, brome grass, barley grass and self-sown cereals in all grain legume crops.
“It will be a great rotational option, giving good weed control and helping to reduce the reliance on other pre-emergent herbicides such as Countdown, Sakura and propyzamide,’’ Bevan said.
Post-emergent herbicide mixes are always of interest and another trial investigating grass and broadleaf herbicide options featured an experimental adjuvant product from SACOA code-named BEXA.
Bevan said this research, which was in its third season and showing some promising results, was targeting robust weed control and improved crop safety with some of the mixes that can sometimes damage crops.
The AHRI trial kicked-off the tour with a focus on a systems approach to weed control.
“Robust systems are critical for all aspects of our farming enterprises and we need to get the balance right between profitability and sustainability,’’ Bevan said.