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AUTUMN 2006

Nufarmer

AN UPDATE FROM NUFARM ON RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING OF CROP PROTECTION PRODUCTS IN AUSTRALIA

• Nufarm sows for the future

• Moree Regional Service

Centre expands

• Seminars focus on spray

application techniques

• Intervix ®3 set to impress

this winter

Nufarmer Autumn 2006

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Welcome

Contents

For more than 50 years Nufarm has

been supporting Australian agriculture

by developing new products and uses

and expanding our service network.

Nufarm is an Australian-owned

company, committed to quality products

designed for and tested in Australian

conditions. No other supplier of crop

production products can claim this fact.

In this issue we reinforce the messages

outlined in the current advertising

campaign. In this campaign, Nufarm

reminds growers of the value we deliver,

ensuring farmers get the best outcomes

when they choose Nufarm products.

When you’re farming, timing is

everything. When the spray window is

open, farmers need to work quickly to

maximise cropping yields. To help farmers

get products delivered quickly, Nufarm has

made significant investments in its service

network. The latest expansion is at the

Moree Regional Service Centre (see page

5). Crop protection products stored closer

to the paddock ensure rapid delivery times.

Nufarm provides so much more than a

drum of chemical. Nufarm is committed to

efficacious spray application and holds

regular demonstrations and workshops for

our re-sellers, farmers and agronomists

(see page 4/5).

Seeds are quickly being regarded as the

engine room of agricultural production.

Nufarm has an expanding seeds division

that is bringing exciting new varieties to

market for better yields and greater returns

for farmers.

Nufarm develops new products for the

market every year. In this issue are details

of the new Intervix ®3 herbicide and new

uses for Penncozeb ®5 420SC fungicide.

This season, more than ever, farmers

should insist on Nufarm. Anything else is

just UnAustralian.

Darren Thomas

Brand Manager

Nufarm Australia Limited

3 Nufarm sows for the future

4 Why farmers should insist on Nufarm

5 Upgrade for Moree Regional Service Centre

6-7 News from Croplands, your crop protection

equipment specialists

8 Opus 125 gives the best stripe rust control in

dryland wheat

9 Monza: your flexible choice for brome

and barley grass control

10 Herbicide mixtures effective against resistant

annual ryegrass

11 News in horticulture

®/ Registered/trademarks of Nufarm Australia Limited

® 1 Registered trademark of Nufarm Technology USA Pty Ltd.

® 2 Registered trademarks of Monsanto Technologies LLC, used under

license by Nufarm Australia Limited.

® 3 Registered trademarks of BASF, used under licence by Nufarm

Australia Limited

® 4 Registered trademark of Spraying Systems Co, USA.

® 5 Registered trademark of Cerexagri SA.

® 6 Registered trademark of Syngenta.

Cover: Croplands’ 6000 L Pegasus Sprayer is purpose-built for easy and efficient broadacre spraying.

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Nufarm Plant Science

– sowing for the future

Nufarm has a highly skilled domestic and international plant breeding and field operations team, based in Horsham, Finley and Yarck in

Victoria and offshore. This aerial photograph shows the plant breeding operation on Dahlen Quarry Road near Horsham, Victoria.

In the past 12 months Nufarm has

consolidated its interests in plant

breeding and development with the

acquisition of Victorian canola breeder,

Ag-Seed Research Pty Ltd.

Nufarm, under the banner of Nufarm

Plant Science, now owns three plant

breeding and development businesses -

Nugrain Pty Ltd, Ag-Seed Research Pty

Ltd and Access Genetics Pty Ltd.

The company and its partners are

involved in breeding and developing

new wheat, barley, canola, oats and

field pea varieties. Nufarm now has a

significant germplasm base and a highly

skilled domestic and international plant

breeding and field operations team,

based in Horsham, Finley, Yarck and

offshore.

“This is an exciting move for Nufarm in

delivering the biology and chemistry to

Australian farmers and in the mediumterm

progressing developments

internationally,” said Barry Cox, General

Manager of Nufarm Plant Science.

“Nufarm, through its subsidiary

companies and licensing arrangements,

is actively involved in the development

and release of many of the new, elite

canola varieties now available to

Australian growers,” he said.

“These include ATR Banjo ,

ATR-Summitt , Bravo TT and Warrior

CL .

“Nufarm plans to continue to release

new canola varieties.”

Through Access Genetics Pty Ltd,

Nufarm has established relationships

with SW Seeds and World Wide Wheat.

Both companies have access to new and

diverse germplasm pools not previously

available to Australian growers.

After five years of breeding and

development work with these partners,

Access Genetics Pty Ltd will offer a

range of new plant varieties to Australian

growers in 2006/2007.

This will include a range of high

yielding, high quality field peas and new

wheat, barley and oat varieties. Many of

these varieties are already in public trials

and showing excellent results.

2006 varieties

Variety Description Marketed by

ATR Banjo

A new early maturity, TT canola

with very high oil yields and a

blackleg rating of 7

ATR-Summitt New mid maturity TT canola Dovuro

Ag-Seed Research

Bravo TT New mid TT canola PlantTech

SW Odiel Wheat

Tickit Triticale

Warrior CL

Early maturity, strong rust

resistant wheat

Tahara replacement with

excellent rust and CCN

resistance

New mid-late maturity IMI

variety

“Nufarm is always seeking ways to do

things better,” said Mr Cox.

“The way new plant varieties have

historically been delivered to farmers can

and will change over time,” he said.

“Nufarm expects to be at the forefront

of these changes.”

The products denoted by this symbol

are registered under Plant Breeders Rights

(PBR) in Australia. Unauthorised commercial

propagation or any sale, conditioning, export,

import or stocking of propagating material is an

infringement under the Plant Breeders Rights Act

(1994). Any breach of this legislation will leave

the grower liable for prosecution.

Access Genetics

Nugrain

PlantTech

Seeds of these varieties should be available through major distribution outlets,

however, some stocks are limited.

Enquiries can be directed to Barry Cox on mobile: 0409 374 383.

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Nufarm committed to local

R&D and manufacturing

“Good advice is just as important as

the product in getting the job done right

the first time. Nufarm has a support

network of 29 Territory Managers and

five Horticulture Managers based in key

crop protection zones in five states to

support farmers’ decisions in the

paddock. We’ve got the resources to get

the job done and done well.”

Darren Thomas, Brand Manager, said

research had shown a groundswell of

consumer support for Australian-made

products and services.

“Consumers are keen to support

Australian products, particularly if they

are high quality and available at the

right price,” said Mr Thomas.

Nufarm has stressed its commitment to investing in local research and development in current

press and television advertisements featuring the slogan: “Insist on Nufarm. Anything else is

just UnAustralian.”

Farmers who want to choose quality

Australian crop protection products

and services need look no further

than Nufarm.

Nufarm supports Australian farmers

through local manufacturing and

infrastructure investment, timely product

supply and local research and

development into new products and uses.

That’s the theme of the current Nufarm

advertising campaign launched in

February.

According to National Marketing

Manager, Peter Crock, Australian-owned

Nufarm continues to invest heavily in its

own backyard with:

• four major Australian

manufacturing facilities – in

Laverton, Kwinana, Welshpool and

Brendale, employing more than

300 people,

• nine Regional Service Centres

situated in prime farming areas

across the country, and

• more than $10 million spent

annually on research and

development in the laboratory and

in field trials on Australian farms.

“Nufarm is proudly Australian. For

more than 50 years we’ve worked with

Australian farmers to provide a wide

range of top quality crop protection

products,” said Mr Crock.

“Australians are regarded as

resourceful, hardworking, loyal and

trustworthy. Nufarm also holds these

values which ref lect the service

philosophies and successes of our

founder, Max Fremder,” he said.

“Nufarm has done the hard yards in

the paddock, running extensive field

trials to develop new products and uses

for tough Australian conditions in

recognition that imported formulations

are often designed for European

conditions.

“No other crop protection company in

Australia has the manufacturing

capability of Nufarm to back up our

research. We’re proud to keep

manufacturing jobs and profits in

Australia.

“We’re able to respond more rapidly

than other companies to peak farming

demand by building our Regional

Service Centres in the best places to

serve agriculture. Our expansion

program continues.

“We know Australian farmers want to

support local industry because together

we’re creating a better future for

agriculture in this country. Choosing

products from overseas companies would

be just unAustralian.”

Spraywise semi

More than 700 farmers and

agronomic advisors have

heard and seen ways to

reduce off-target spray drift at 19

spray application workshops held by

Nufarm in the past four months.

The workshops were conducted as

part of the company’s Spraywise ®

program and were well received,

according to the co-ordinator, Jorg Kitt.

Nufarm introduced the Spraywise

program last year to significantly

reduce the incidence and risk of spray

drift damage to a diversity of crops

without compromising spraying efficacy.

The workshops were designed to

look at the drift problem from all

angles – the role of chemicals used,

inf luence of nozzle choice and

set-up of machinery, impact of

weather and governing legislation.

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Moree Regional

Service Centre

upgraded

Nufarm is in a strong position to

meet expected growth in

demand for its range of preemergent

crop protection products in

2006, following further investment in its

Regional Service Centre network.

A new 1,000 square metre warehouse

has been completed at the Moree

Regional Service Centre, bringing the

number of warehouses on site to three.

In addition, three new 30,000 litre onsite

bulk tanks will offer refills of Roundup

PowerMAX ®2 and Roundup ®2 CT.

The upgrade anticipates increased

demand for f lagship pre-emergent

brands – Roundup PowerMAX, Avadex ®1

Xtra and Trif lurX ® – in the run-up to the

winter broadacre cropping season.

Moree is the latest in a series of

upgrades that has seen expanded

facilities at the Wagga Wagga and

Dubbo Regional Service Centres.

A brand new facility also opened at

Geraldton in WA last year. More

Regional Service Centres are planned as

Nufarm continues to invest in Australian

agriculture by providing up-to-date

facilities offering the full Nufarm product

range at shorter delivery times.

Nufarm now has nine state-of-the-art

Regional Service Centres in prime

farming districts throughout Australia to

serve its resellers, reinforcing its position

as the only Australian-owned

manufacturer with an extensive service

network in rural Australia.

“The company’s goal is to supply our

products to resellers in a turnaround time

unmatched by any other crop protection

supplier,” said Matt Sargent, Commercial

Development Manager.

Bruce McGowan of Nufarm stores pallets

inside the new warehouse in readiness for

the 2006 winter cropping season.

“No other agricultural chemicals

supplier in Australia has as broad a

network of Regional Service Centres as

Nufarm. We are proud to be Australianowned

and to serve Australian

agriculture as efficiently as possible,”

said Mr Sargent.

nars – managing spray drift

Consultant for weather services,

Graeme Tepper, presented informative

insights into the complexity of local

weather predictions.

“Mr Teppert explained

microclimates at ground level

and how inversion layers form

and how they can affect

spraying operations,” said Mr

Kitt.

Richard Warner and Frank

Taylor from the R&D team at

Nufarm, differentiated phenoxy Jorg Kitt

products according to their

volatility and explained differences

between vapour drift and physical

droplet drift.

“A very popular part of the workshop

was the hands-on demonstration

provided by spray application consultant,

Bill Gordon,” said Mr Kitt.

“He demonstrated visually how

nozzles producing a coarser spray

quality were less affected by drift.”

Senior Chemical Standards

Officers presented at the

workshops and discussed new

legislation such as the

extension to chemical control

areas in Victoria and new

legislation stipulating phenoxy

products must be sprayed with

nozzles that produce a

COARSE to VERY COARSE

spray quality.

“The Spraywise workshops were an

excellent example of how Nufarm can

pull industry resources together and

apply its knowledge to provide viable

information and a service of relevance

to the farming community,” said Mr Kitt.

• Nozzles producing a FINE spray

quality such as the TeeJet ®4 XR11002

markedly increase drift potential

compared to a COARSE spray

quality.

• Most spray operations in the field

allow a change to nozzles that provide

a coarser spray quality without the

risk of losing efficacy.

• Highly volatile phenoxy formulations

such as Estercide ® 800 should

mainly be used in colder winter

months and not in proximity to

sensitive crops.

• Only non-volatile phenoxy products

such as Surpass ® 300 should be

used in warmer spring and summer

months or in close proximity to

sensitive crops.

• New legislation requires all phenoxy

herbicides to be applied with

nozzles producing a COARSE to

VERY COARSE spray quality.

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CROPLANDS

YOUR CROP PROT

Spra-Coupe responds to customers

with bigger, better 7000 series

Bigger fields, longer rows and a

need for increased productivity

have driven Spra-Coupe customers

to desire bigger, high-profile, selfpropelled

machines. As a result, Spra-

Coupe has introduced the 7000 series

Spra-Coupe with the largest engine and

largest capacity spray tanks available.

“Croplands has responded to customer

needs from the beginning, and those

needs have changed significantly over

the past years,” says Brendan Deck,

General Manager, Croplands Equipment.

“They imagined a new kind of Spra-

Coupe, and with the 7000 series, we

have a sprayer to meet their needs.

These new models offer more power,

more traction, more comfort and more

tank capacity. The spray system is more

stable and more durable with the

traditional reliability and accuracy that

our customers expect.”

“The very efficient, electronically

controlled engine reaches peak torque of

645 Nm at 1400 rpm, plenty of power

to muscle the 7000 Series payloads

across soft soils and steep slopes,”

reports Malcolm Reck, Service Manager,

Croplands Equipment.

Speed and traction match need on the

7000 Series with the new electronic

power shift transmission and optional

front-wheel assist. The transmission offers

six forward and two reverse gears with

four selections under 29.5 km/h and top

speed of up to 44.3 km/h. Torque also

matches need with the integral torque

converter.

Like the engine, transmission and cab,

the 7000 Series Spra-Coupe spray

system is also bigger and better. Built for

greater capacity, the new Spra-Coupe

can be outfitted with either 2,750 L poly

or 2,500 L stainless steel spray tanks.

The centrifugal hydraulic-driven pump

has a maximum output of 320 L/min with

rates as low as 26 L/min to match

product and field condition requirements.

In the best Spra-Coupe tradition, the

7000 Series is designed to match the

crop and the field. The boom on the

Spra-Coupe has introduced the 7000 series Spra-Coupe with the largest engine and largest

capacity spray tanks available.

7650 with its 1.2 metre clearance can be

dropped as low as 58.4 cm in the lowest

setting and raised as high as 243.8 cm

above the ground in the highest setting.

Tracking width easily adjusts to row or

bed width. The electro-hydraulic controls

adjust tracking in 5 cm increments. The

7000 series has a model that is suitable

for the two metre row crop farmer and a

model suitable for the three metre

broadacre farmer.

The new 24 metre boom is engineered

for increased stability and durability with

full boom and tip breakaways and

retractable fold over tips. The five section

shutoffs and independent left/right boom

folds allow the operator to quickly and

easily adjust spray swaths at field edges

and reduce overlaps.

“Increased power and increased

capacity make the 7000 series perfectly

suited to today’s bigger farms and bigger

fields,” said Mr Deck.

“The improved spray system and

features, like the optional eductor, make

the 7000 Series an efficient and

productive machine, just a few of the

great qualities Spra-Coupe customers

have come to expect from Croplands.”

New air induction

provides excellen

The new Turbo TeeJet Induction (TTI)

spray tip from Croplands

Equipment is ideal for use when

off-target drift is a concern and

excellent overlap distribution is

required. Using a unique pre-orifice

design, the smaller droplets in the

spectrum are eliminated and large, airfilled,

drift-resistant droplets are

produced.

“If a grower is spraying near sensitive

areas such as residential areas, open

water or near susceptible plants, the TTI

is the best nozzle to help control drift

without compromising spray pattern

distribution,” said Brendan Deck,

General Manager, Croplands

Equipment.

“That’s because this tip produces very

few small, drift-prone droplets.

“The TTI is ideal for use with preemergent

herbicides, post-emergent

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ECTION EQUIPMENT SPECIALISTS

Increased profit, even in uncertain times

Western Australian wheat

grower, Romolo Patroni,

recently upgraded his

OutbackS lightbar guidance unit on his

sprayer to incorporate a mapping unit.

The upgrade will assist Mr Patroni in

achieving greater spraying accuracy,

reducing overspray and saving money

on chemical wastage.

“We need to ensure we’re not

overlapping,” Mr Patroni said.

Romolo, who has a 10,000 hectare

property 40 km south of Southern Cross,

purchased an OutbackS guidance

system for his sprayer last year from local

dealer, Southern Cross Traders.

“I like to support local agencies and

Southern Cross provides excellent service

and back-up. John Griffiths from

Croplands has also offered great support

in the past with our old Croplands

spray tip

t drift resistance

systemic herbicides and systemic

fungicides because of its unique

performance,” he said.

Based on the patented design of the

original Turbo TeeJet spray nozzle, the

TTI offers many of the same benefits: a

wide angle flat spray pattern, excellent

spray pattern distribution and an

economical polymer construction.

Other TTI features include easy preorifice

removal for cleaning/inspection,

a choice of six capacities ranging from

0.56 to 1.9 L/min at 2.75 bar, colorcoding

in compliance with the ISO

standard for easy capacity

identification and easy installation/

alignment via Quick TeeJet caps.

The TeeJet product range includes

spray nozzles, boom components, line

strainers, electric shut-off valves and

hand spray guns.

Romolo Patroni and Southern Cross Service Manager, Bryan Close examine Romolo’s new

Pegasus Trailed Sprayer.

Stallion spray unit. Anytime we had a

problem, John could fix it.”

Mr Patroni added the Outback 360

Mapping Unit when he purchased a new

sprayer.

“The light-bar system on the GPS unit

was good, but I found that as I sprayed

closer to the inside of the paddock,

overlapping became more of a problem.

I couldn’t believe the accuracy of the

guidance system and by adding the

mapping unit I can reduce overspray and

achieve the cost savings I’m after.”

When he bought the mapping unit

Romolo also traded in his Croplands

Stallion sprayer for a new 5000 L

Croplands Pegasus Trailed Sprayer with

30 metre boom.

“The Pegasus has a lot of

improvements over the old Croplands

Stallion. In particular the plumbing, ease

of use and the strength of the boom. The

floating boom with airbag suspension

and the long drawbar offers a much

smoother ride,” he said.

The Pegasus Trailed Sprayer range is

purpose built for broadacre spraying

and is available in a 4000 L, 5000 L

and 6000 L tank.

Fitted with 18.4 x 38” tyres on single

wheels, the Pegasus provides excellent

flotation and a huge rolling radius. A

load-sensitive self-adjusting air-ride

system is available as an option for

rougher conditions.

A choice of 21, 24, 28, 30, 33 and 36

metre hydraulic folding booms with winglift

option and individual fold option are

offered.

“We had a better than average year

last year, but with the price of wheat at

the moment the margins aren’t always

there and there’s a degree of uncertainty.

The new sprayer and mapping unit will

save us money and help make things

easier,” he said.

Croplands Equipment is currently

offering a 6.5% finance offer on Pegasus

Trailed Sprayers through their Finance

division, Croplands Credit. Conditions

apply.

For further information about this offer,

contact Croplands on 1800 999 162.

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Trial shows yield

bonus in wheat

In a demonstration trial of fungicide

effectiveness on stripe rust and

other fungal diseases in dryland

wheat at Warren, in western New

South Wales, wheat treated with

Opus ® 125 out-performed Tilt ®7

and Bayleton ®6 by an increased

0.4 tonne/ha yield.

Nathan Soulsby of Landmark

Warren, who conducted the trial

on the farming property ‘The

Overf low’, said the Drysdale wheat

was sprayed at full f lag emergence

with experimental rates of Opus 125

and Bayleton. These were compared

to 250 mL/ha of Tilt.

“Seven days after application, the

Opus 125 treated plot had reduced

the number of active spores on the

leaf surface significantly and after

14 days was the only one where the

stripe rust was no longer active,” he

said.

“The way Opus 125 works also

kept the plot greener for longer and it

was able to take advantage of an

extra rain event.

“In conditions where two tonnes/ha

is considered a good average yield,

a bonus of 0.4 tonne/ha is worth

pursuing. It well and truly paid for

any extra expense in using Opus 125

over the cheaper alternatives.

“In the right season, many growers

could benefit from a timely

application of Opus 125 as a stripe

rust preventative.”

Temora district farmer Phil Reid examines H45 wheat successfully treated for stripe rust with

Opus 125 last year.

Successful stripe rust

control with

Following the 2005 harvest, Temora

wheat grower Phil Reid has

concluded one thing about stripe

rust control – he doesn’t have time for

repeated foliar fungicide applications.

“Come the end of winter, we’re into

shearing – there’s all sorts of things

happening,” he said. “I don’t have time

to check every day for signs of stripe rust

in each crop.”

Growing more than 1000 hectares of

wheat in 2005 on his property,

‘Maylands’ south of Temora, NSW, Phil

found the best results were achieved in

stripe rust control when applying Opus

125 once at the recommended rate of

500 mL/ha as opposed to two

applications of Bayleton.

“One hit of Opus 125 on H45 was far

more beneficial than two hits of

Bayleton,” he said.

“A paddock that was treated with

Bayleton yielded three tonne to the

hectare and the grain was shrivelled up

rubbish, whereas just half a kilometre

away a paddock that was treated with

Opus 125 went five tonne to the hectare

and there were minimal screenings.

“Any crop around here that was

untreated just turned into shrivelled up

little grains – it was bloody shocking.”

As with many farming decisions, Phil

works on the principle that time is money

and he would rather invest in doing a job

properly first time round.

“You need to consider the length of

coverage of a treatment and if it is going

to get you through the risk period then it

has to be of greater value. It will take the

stress out of what is normally a busy time

of year because you know it will be

protected.”

In the 2004 season, Phil waited for

stripe rust to appear before having to

spray foliar fungicides by air. These

experiences taught Phil to take a more

pro-active approach in 2005 by

spraying before the disease had taken

hold. The strategy paid dividends and

removed the stress and time constraints

experienced in 2004.

“If I grow any susceptible wheats in

2006, like H45, the only fungicide I’ll use

will be Opus 125 and I’ll try and apply it

so it gives the maximum length of

protection in that high pressure period.”

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Monza: the flexible choice for

brome and barley grass

L

ate seasonal starts in the drought

conditions of the past few years

have seen many grain growers

unable to utilise a knockdown phase for

weed control prior to sowing, increasing

their reliance back on pre-emergent and

post-emergent herbicides.

In addition, many farmers in the

southern and western wheat belts have

dropped pulse and canola crops from

their rotations to grow cereals on cereals.

This has ruled out the option of using

triazine herbicides (Group C) in the

break crops for weed control.

As a result, infestations of brome and

barley grass are becoming a serious

problem in wheat crops where farmers

are not utilising the best available tools

to control them early.

“Controlling brome and barley grass

weed burdens is essential to avoid

significant yield losses in wheat and

triticale,” said Damien Deckert, Business

Manager.

“These weeds are noted for their

aggressive competitiveness and prolific

seed production. Taking steps to avoid

them ‘getting away’ by treating them

early before sowing or at the 1-4 leaf

stage can mean the difference between

sowing or not sowing a profitable crop.”

Mr Deckert said that fortunately in the

past eight years growers have been able

to choose the proven performance of the

selective Group B herbicide, Monza ®2 .

“Monza offers growers the f lexibility

of both pre-emergent and post-emergent

application and is an effective and

reliable herbicide for the selective

suppression of brome and barley grass

in wheat and triticale,” said Mr Deckert.

“It works by being absorbed by the

foliage and roots and moved through the

plant. As Monza is a Sulfonylurea, it

blocks the production of essential amino

acids required for production of proteins

used in root and shoot growth.

“Monza gives farmers the ability to

sow on time and to finish the season with

cleaner grain samples, minimal grading

losses and improved returns from

significantly increased yields.

“Monza also has good activity on a

number of other troublesome weeds

including wild oats, wild radish, wild

turnip, silver grass and mustard species.”

Treatments with Monza significantly

reduce populations of brome and barley

grass in crop with remaining plants

showing reduced panicle size and

numbers, plant height, tiller numbers and

seed production.

“Nufarm is committed to providing

products of superior quality that add

significant value,” said Mr Deckert.

“The research and development team at

Nufarm is continuing the necessary trial

work to expand the number of compatible

herbicides listed on the label and to

provide in-field advice so that weed

efficacy and yield responses are

maximised,” he said.

Calculate the benefits with the

Monza wheel

Now, growers and agronomists have an

easy to use calculator to demonstrate the

financial advantages of using Monza.

Intervix set to impress

Nufarm is set to launch an

exciting new product for the

winter cropping season.

Intervix is a new generation herbicide

developed for CLEARFIELD ®3 canola

that was previously trialled under the

code name ‘Euro Lightning’.

“The launch of Intervix has been

eagerly awaited by growers who want

to take advantage of the benefits of

CLEARFIELD canola with increased

f lexibility,” said Business Manager for

CLEARFIELD crops, Damien Deckert.

“Intervix is a Group B herbicide so it

can be used strategically in rotation to

prolong the effectiveness of other

herbicides.”

Mr Deckert said that Intervix offered

growers of CLEARFIELD canola

significant benefits over standard weed

control treatments.

Agronomist Richard Stecher (left) uses the

Monza wheel to calculate the benefits of

weed control for farmer, James Castles.

The Monza wheel calculates

the potential grain yield saved by

controlling weeds early with Monza,

using data provided by the South

Australian Research and Development

Institute (SARDI).

Growers can obtain their calculator by

contacting their local Nufarm reseller.

“If you’re planning to use Monza this

season, grab a calculator to see the

benefits in terms of crop yields and

improved returns,” said Mr Deckert.

“Intervix will offer safer plantback

intervals compared to OnDuty ®3 and

Clearsol ®3 , providing growers with

greater confidence that crops following

CLEARFIELD canola will reach their full

yield potential,” he said.

“The extensive local research and

development trial program at Nufarm

has confirmed that Intervix provides

more powerful weed control compared

to OnDuty, especially on key grass

weeds.

“This means that growers can expect

even higher levels of performance on

yield robbing weeds, which means

cleaner crops and higher financial

returns,” said Mr Deckert.

Intervix will be distributed via Nufarm

AgriCentres ®3 and will be available in

limited quantities this year packed in 10

litre containers.

Nufarmer Autumn 2006

9


Herbicide mixture is vital in

battle against resistant ARG

When it comes to resistant

annual ryegrass, throw

everything you’ve got at it,

advises Bill Long, Private Consultant,

Ag Consulting Co. on the Yorke

Peninsula.

Bill Long is someone who knows.

Over the past 10 years, he and his

staff have battled increasing annual

ryegrass resistance on his customers’

farms on the Peninsula and in the mid

and lower north of South Australia.

“We’re still growing profitable crops.

But it’s a numbers game. We’re still

winning on farms where we are best

able to combine the available herbicide

and cultural methods.”

Mr Long said farms were now very

reliant on pre-emergent herbicides,

particularly mixtures like Avadex Xtra

and Trif lurX, to allow the crop to establish

and get away without excessive ryegrass

pressure.

Research has found mixtures that

include active ingredients giving high

levels of control of a weed species and

including active ingredients from different

mode of action groups, such as Group E

(Avadex Xtra) and Group D (Trif lurX), are

a useful tool in managing or preventing

the establishment of resistant weeds.

And by using pre-emergent herbicides,

non-selective herbicides and cultural

practices can be given the chance to

work later in the season to control weed

escapes.

Mr Long said the big change in the

past few years had been the recognition

of the excellent performance of Avadex

Xtra against annual ryegrass.

“People think of Avadex Xtra as a wild

oat control herbicide, but we’re now

recommending Avadex Xtra mixed with

Trif lurX as a resistant ryegrass control

measure. Wild oats control is really a

secondary bonus.”

Mr Long said that Trif lurX provided

some valuable control of annual ryegrass

and excellent broad leaf weed control of

pests such as wireweed. But the mixture

of Avadex Xtra and Trif lurX combined

provided increased ryegrass control.

“The anecdotal results we’ve found in

the paddock were confirmed in Ag

Consulting Co. pot trials conducted by

Peter Boutsalis, Plant Science Consulting

at the Adelaide University in 2004 and

by a number of field trials conducted by

our group and other research

organisations over the past few years.

“The control achieved by the mixture

was compared with other chemicals such

as metolachlor and several older

compounds. The mixture performed very

well against resistant annual ryegrass

and is well worth using, particularly

when numbers are high,” he said.

Mr Long said that the other big change

was that Avadex Xtra could also be used

in pulse crops, particularly lentils.

“Many people still think Avadex Xtra

can only be used in cereals.

“Lentils are very uncompetitive against

ryegrass. By using the mixture, we can

get adequate ryegrass control to allow

lentil crops to get away and not suffer

from ryegrass competition. Then we can

use selective DIM-based grass products

such as clethodim for ryegrass control

later in the season.”

Mr Long said selective Group A

herbicides were no longer working

against annual ryegrass, particularly in

cereals.

“We rarely mention Group A

chemicals in cereals any more,” he said.

“However, we have a raft of cultural

methods we recommend. Sequencing

crops to allow a range of herbicides to

be used, high seeding rates, careful

selection of crop varieties that provide

competition against ryegrass, spray

topping, weed wiping, stubble burning

and, where possible, using pastures and

grazing, all contribute to lower ryegrass

populations.

“If you can combine as many methods

as you have available, you can win the

game against ryegrass and grow crops

profitably,” he said.

Farmers should consider an Avadex

Xtra and Trif lurX mixture as a worthwhile

part of the battle strategy.

Private agronomic consultant, Bill Long (right), chats with farmer, Doug Smith, at Petersville,

South Australia, about controlling resistant annual ryegrass.

10 Nufarmer Autumn 2006


Highlights from the

horticulture range at Nufarm

Nufarm is well placed to help

farmers harvest the growing

opportunities in horticulture with

our comprehensive range of products,

says Guy Perriman, Australian

Horticulture Manager.

Here is the latest news about

Nufarm horticultural products.

Downy mildew gets the

high jump with Acrobat ®3

The 2005 season caused

many cucurbit, lettuce and

onion growers across Australia

to turn to Acrobat ®3 to combat

high levels of downy mildew

infection. Acrobat contains

500 g/kg dimethomorph and is a Group

X fungicide. Acrobat is ideal for inclusion

in disease control programs in rotation

with other chemical groups in order to

eliminate or delay the onset of disease

resistance.

Acrobat has a unique mode of action;

disrupting the fungal cell wall formation

which enables it to control strains of

fungi that have become resistant to other

chemical groups, e.g. the phenylamides.

With no reported cases of resistance to

dimethomorpth in Australia, Acrobat has

a valuable position to play in disease

control programs.

Acrobat has performed best when

applied prior to weather conditions that

resulted in high levels of disease

pressure. It is this strong protectant

activity of Acrobat that enables the

production of quality vegetables under

testing environmental conditions.

Acrobat has strong residual activity

and is rainfast within 2 hours.

Acrobat is a valuable fungicide for

potato growers risking late blight

Guy Perriman

(Phytophthora infestans) infection. This

devastating disease occurs under

conditions of high humidity (>90%) and

when temperatures are cool at night

(around 12 o C) and warm during the day

(around 21 o C). Acrobat is an ideal

protectant fungicide for use

when the late blight infection

risk is high.

Acrobat must be applied in

a tank mixture with either

Polyram ®3 DF (containing

700 g/kg metiram) or

Penncozeb 750DF (containing

750 g/kg mancozeb) and a

non-ionic surfactant. This is

part of an anti-resistance

strategy for the compound.

Label expansion for Penncozeb

420SC in key crops

Penncozeb 420SC is a popular, liquid

mancozeb sold by Nufarm. Widely used

by Australian banana, potato and poppy

growers. Penncozeb 420SC has recently

had its label extended to include a

number of other key crop registrations.

Penncozeb 420SC is now registered in

almonds, cucurbits, tomatoes and for the

control of phomopsis in grapes, both

wine and table. In tomatoes, Penncozeb

420SC is the only mancozeb formulation

with a powdery mildew suppression

claim. Penncozeb 420SC also controls

early blight (Alternaria solani).

Penncozeb 420SC is a suspo-emulsion

formulation (oil emulsion in water)

containing 420 g/L mancozeb. With the

fine particle size formed as a result of the

formulation, the oil allows better

coverage and adhesion to the plant

surface, Penncozeb 420SC offers

improved rainfastness and effective

protectant activity.

Growers have been impressed with

Penncozeb 420SC as the liquid

alternative to traditional DF mancozeb

formulations. The ease of handling,

simplicity of measuring, lack of dust issues

and the formulation quality all combine to

provide growers with real benefits.

Mancozeb remains a valuable fungicide

for disease prevention and management.

Emergency use permits for Filan ®3

Filan ®3 has provided many vegetable

growers with a new fungicide option

following the granting of a series of

emergency use permits by the Australian

Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines

Authority (APVMA).

Permit 8819, effective from 10 October

2005 until 31 October 2007 will allow

growers of brassicas, brassica leafy

vegetables, lettuce, beans – green pods

and immature beans (phaseolus spp) to

apply Filan for the control of Sclerotinia

disease. Permit 8819 is available from

the APVMA website

(www.apvma.gov.au) or the Nufarm

Horticulture website

(www.nufarmhorticulture.com.au).

Emergency use permits for Filan were

issued following the withdrawal of the

registration for procymidione in these

crops. Nufarm and Horticulture Australia

Limited are supporting an extensive

research and development program with

Filan to ensure registrations for these and

other crops in the years ahead.

Filan is a Group G fungicide,

containing 500 g/kg boscalid, a new

and unique compound for vegetable

growers. The initial Filan registration was

for the control of Botrytis in grapes. Filan

has excellent crop safety, is non-toxic to

bees and is classified as a “reduced risk”

compound by the EPA in America.

Nufarmer Autumn 2006

11


Nufarm contacts

TERRITORY MANAGERS

Customer Service

Coastal/Central Regions 1800 267 612

Southern New South Wales 1800 033 038

Victoria/Tasmania 1800 033 038

South Australia/Sunraysia 1800 131 964

Western Australia 1800 131 964

Coastal

NSW North Coast/

New England Matt Moyle 0400 811 796

Wide Bay/Burnett/

Callide/Dawson Jamie Cox 0427 100 065

Far North Queensland Eddie Hayes 0409 200 993

Central Queensland/

Burdekin Mandy Jeppesen 0428 192 001

South East Queensland Stewart Frankling 0419 558 219

Central

Goondiwindi Lachlan Carrigan 0428 715 955

Gunnedah Phillippa Fleming 0428 710 298

Moree Daniel Guest 0428 529 549

Toowoomba Ed Redfern 0439 798 970

Southern NSW

Griffith Mathew Taylor 0429 398 854

Dubbo David Wood 0407 450 174

Tablelands/Hunter Valley Sean Richardson 0438 985 785

Greater Central West Rupert Backus 0428 285 865

Wagga Wagga Stuart Blair 0418 504 114

Victoria/Tasmania

Western District Philip Jobling 0409 807 160

Gippsland Rafe Bell 0409 424 716

Wimmera Gerard Bardell 0419 561 016

North East Matthew Hincks 0429 708 808

Mallee Ben Coombe 0427 806 635

Tasmania Peter Wilkinson 0418 132 087

South Australia/Sunraysia

Mid North/

Yorke Peninsula Tony Button 0418 637 310

Riverland/Sunraysia Nick Hall 0429 434 217

South East c/- Adelaide Office 1800 131 964

Eyre Peninsula Ken Webber 0428 828 410

Mallee/Adelaide Plains Russell Meade 0418 818 570

Western Australia

Albany David Cunningham 0428 340 825

Geraldton Bill Campbell 0427 545 553

Merredin Keith Perry 0429 413 200

Northam Matt Beckett 0427 928 230

HORTICULTURE MANAGERS

QLD Stewart Frankling 0419 558 219

Sthn NSW Sean Richardson 0438 985 785

Vic/Tas Paul Geister 0438 382 672

SA/Sunraysia Adam Phelan 0417 498 428

WA David Buckley 0427 100 026

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS

Coastal Andrew Horsfield 0427 012 815

Central Frank Taylor 0438 092 972

Sthn NSW Angus MacLennan 0408 358 024

Vic/Tas Gereon Schnippenkoetter 0438 862 896

Vic/Tas Mark Slatter 0438 064 845

SA/Sunraysia John Both 0418 803 055

WA Mike Jackson 0427 527 975

WA Scott Paton 0427 692 319

REGIONAL OFFICES

Coastal

Unit 13/16 Metroplex Ave,

Murarrie QLD 4172

Regional Manager Mark Dawson 0428 106 090

Bus. Support & Develop. Shane Rudd 0417 213 833

Central

Unit 13/16 Metroplex Ave,

Murarrie QLD 4172

Regional Manager Paul Smith 0419 033 841

Bus. Support & Develop. Amanda Marwood 0437 082 620

Southern NSW

Lot 1 Lewington St,

Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Regional Manager Owen Williams 0417 459 471

Bus. Support & Develop. Angela Armytage 0429 009 716

Victoria/Tasmania

103-105 Pipe Rd

Laverton North Vic 3026

Regional Manager Paul White 0419 306 983

Bus. Support & Develop. Michael Reese 0408 510 064

South Australia/Sunraysia

190 Cormack Rd

Wingfield SA 5013

Regional Manager Warren Ramsey 0419 526 389

Bus. Support & Develop. Aaron Edmunds 0409 184 188

Western Australia

Lot 51, Mason Rd

Kwinana WA 6167

Regional Manager Chris Ryan 0418 692 319

Bus. Support & Develop. Steve Lacy 0407 542 448

CROPLANDS

50 Cavan Rd,

Dry Creek SA 5094 1800 999 162

Nufarm Australia Limited

HEAD OFFICE

103-105 Pipe Rd, Laverton North, Vic 3026

Ph: 03 9282 1000 Fax: 03 9282 1001

Internet: www.nufarm.com.au

Region Contact Phone Based

Nthn Qld/NT Bruce Henningsen 0409 899 491 Townsville

Nthn NSW/Sthn Qld Jeremy Rennick 0407 485 569 Toowoomba

Central NSW Dave Farmer 0427 651 971 Orange

Sthn NSW David Hamilton 0427 975 072 Junee

Victoria/Tasmania Toby Brown 0417 832 784 Melbourne

South Australia Jason Sims 0418 819 350 Adelaide

Nthn WA Kevin Kentish 0428 940 822 Perth

Sthn WA John Griffiths 0407 132 746 Perth

This publication is a guide only and no substitute for professional or expert advice. The product label should be consulted before use of any of the

products referred to in this publication. Nufarm Australia Limited shall not be liable for any results, loss or damage whatsoever, whether consequential

or otherwise through the use or application of products and/or materials referred to herein.

© Copyright 2006 Nufarm Australia Limited A.C.N. 004 377 780

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