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Welcome to the July edition of the Bulletin where you can find the latest on upcoming events, demonstration site news and resources on soil management and plant health in the Australian vegetable industry. 


Thanks to everyone who visited our Trade Show booth or attended one of our great events at Hort Connections at the end of June. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

Vegetable Crop Nutrition Master Class 2019, VIC
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Webinar: Technology for controlling weeds in vegetable production

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DEMONSTRATION SITE NEWS

Cover crops improving weed management in Myalup, WA


The University of New England’s Michael Coleman & Paul Kristiansen recently ran a field day in Myalup WA focused on cover cropping for weed suppression. This demonstration site is part of a collaboration with the national Integrated Weed Management (IWM) project. 

Marc Hinderager from the Soil Wealth ICP team presented on cover crop agronomy, with a focus on soil biology. The site is demonstrating how the winter cover crops field peas, ryecorn, ryegrass, and brassica biofumigants suppress weeds.

It is estimated that 50% of WA vegetable growers have now adopted cover cropping to some degree. Marc's presentation explained the many benefits from combining cover cropping and strip tillage. Weed suppression is one benefit, along with soil moisture savings, nutrient placement, increased infiltration, reduced erosion, less compaction, improved soil biology and overall soil health. 

Biology drives the system – don’t farm naked, plant cover crops!

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NEW RESOURCES

Veg and tech: Science fiction or the future of farming?
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Ed Fagan explains why his initial reservations about strip-till and cover crops were dispelled 

Ed Fagan (Cowra, NSW) explains how strip-tillage and cover cropping compliment each other for a successful cucumber crop.
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What we're watching: Biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production with Julie Finnigan (webinar recording) 

Potatoes come on board: Soil Wealth ICP continues to grow

Potatoes (fresh and processing) have joined with the vegetable industry in the Soil Wealth and ICP project. As of 2019, the potato industry (fresh and processing) is funding 10% of the project budget. This contribution from the potato industry is to allow potato industry stakeholders to receive and attend existing Soil Wealth and ICP events and outputs. Producers, processors, agronomists and others from the supply chain can sign up here to receive regular project updates. Find out more here

To find out more about the Soil Wealth or ICP projects visit the website, or join the Soil Wealth and ICP Community of Practice online. You can also follow us on Twitter @ProtectingCrops or @SoilWealth for the latest news and updates.

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