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BHU Future Farming Centre Sustainable Agriculture Series - Non Chemical Weed Management

There are currently no weed management workshops planned. 

The course handbook, containing all the presentation slides, is available to purchase as a combined colour hard copy and downloadable PDF along with PDFs of the five presentations for $50.00 excl. GST = $57.50 inc. GST.  If you want to purchase a copy please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including a postal and invoicing address. 

Who should attend?

The primary audience is horticultural and cropping farmers & growers. Perennial crop (e.g. vines, apples) producers and pasture managers will also benefit, plus consultants advising farmers & growers, and scientists, especially those transitioning away from agri-chemicals.

The benefits of attending
The day gives a systematic overview of non-chemical weed management, providing information on the changing context of weed management, the fundamentals of weed biology and ecology, through to practical know-how of tools and techniques that farmers and growers can use themselves.  See the timetable below for more detail.  Attendees will be given a bound colour booklet containing all the presentation files. 

Some comments from the previous weed management workshop participants
"Great overview and backed up by robust science"
"Highly useful, time to implement theory into practice"
"At the cutting edge"
"Enthusiastic presenter"
"Great discussions"

Timetable and topic information

Time

Duration

Activity

8:30 a.m.

15

mins

Arrival - refreshments

8:45 a.m.

15

mins

Introductory discussion: introduction, participants’ hopes and expectations

9:00 a.m.

50

mins

Part 1: The Big Picture: A Little Context

Context - the changing face of weed management: resistance and customer / societal attitudes;

Integrated weed management (IWM), how herbicide and non-chem weed management relate;

The different components of non-chem weed management

9:50 a.m.

20

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

10:10 a.m.

15

mins

Smoko - refreshments provided

10:25 a.m.

50

mins

Part 2: Think like a weed:  key biological and ecological knowledge

Lifecycles and morphology

The ‘bud perspective’

The weed seed bank - the ‘root’ of the problem

11:15 a.m.

15

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

11:30 a.m.

60

mins

Lunch - provided

12:30 p.m.

50

mins

Part 3: Doing it in the field - the weed management hierarchy

Weed seed rain

Rotations what they can and can’t do for weed management

The relevance, and lack of relevance, of soil conditions inc nutrient status for weed management

The role of crop and pasture choice and grazing management

1:20 p.m.

20

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

1:40 p.m.

50

mins

Part 4: Doing it in the field - Pre-emergence weeding

Tillage

False and stale seedbeds

Sowing, planting & related techniques

2:30 p.m.

20

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

2:50 p.m.

20

mins

Smoko - refreshments provided

3:10 p.m.

50

mins

Part 5: Doing it in the field: Post-emergence weeding

Broadacre weeding

Interrow weeding - perennials and annuals

Intrarow weeding

Hand weeding

4:00 p.m.

30

mins

Final discussion / questions and answers

4:30 p.m.

Finish

Depart

The workshop officially finishes at 4:30 for people who need to catch flights.  However, for those that have time, another half an hour i.e., up to 5:00 pm, is available for discussions and Q&A