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From theory to field - long coleoptiles in the Mallee

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In this episode of the MSF Farm Talk podcast, we revisit discussions from the MSF Big Ag Day Out events held earlier this year. The focus is on the advancements in long coleoptile wheat and its impact on farming systems.

Long coleoptiles are an emerging technology aimed to improve the ability to establish crops on time under drying autumn soil surface conditions, like the 2024 season. Mallee sands are well suited where summer fallow rainfall is enough to create a deeper sowing opportunity. 

Therese McBeath, CSIRO, and Nick Paltridge, MSF, discuss various projects and experiments that highlight the benefits of deep sowing, especially in the Mallee region.

With insights into the integration of long coleoptile varieties in erodible soils and scenarios involving moisture below the surface, the conversation also explores the potential for other crop types.

Tune in to learn about the current trials and future prospects in Mallee farming systems.

00:00 Introduction to MSF Farm Talk Podcast

00:18 Advancements in Long Coleoptile Wheat

00:42 Field Applications and Benefits

01:51 Deep Sowing and Soil Conditions

02:51 Future Developments and Trials

04:23 Conclusion and Future Plans

04:54 Podcast Closing Remarks

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This podcast has been developed with funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund. 

Long coleoptile trials in the Mallee have been conducted as part of the Future Drought Fund project "Developing robust ground cover to enable resilience in low rainfall mixed farms" and the GRDC Long Coleoptile Research investment CSP2212-007RTX

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