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Weekly Training Webinars

9 April 2013

Webex training sessions are now available to join weekly for SoilMate, Adviser and Manager. These sessions are designed to conduct training and answer questions from new and existing users in a group environment. Users can log into a training session on the internet from any location without a prior booking.

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Back Paddock System: Spring ’12 Update

16 November 2012

The Back Paddock System is designed to better connect farmers with their advisers and suppliers, providing a solid risk-management framework enabling farm production planning and recording to be deeply integrated with agronomic decision-support.  We’ve now gotten Back Paddock onto a disciplined cyclical path of constant innovation, albeit from a slow start where it took several months to assess where the industry was and more importantly, where it was heading.

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The Back Paddock System Explained

16 November 2012

Back Paddock started life developing standalone software applications for agronomic consultants and advisers, for both farm production planning and agronomic decision-support.  For many years, these applications were single-user.  Then the world changed…

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Training Calendar January-April 2013

9 November 2012

Back Paddock offers training courses that enable you or your work colleagues to better service one of your farmers most important needs – the management of their soils and plant nutrition. This training and the excellence in soils and plant nutrition that follows is most often a foundation for improved overall relationships with farmers and subsequent business growth.

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Back Paddock Online HelpDesk

11 October 2012

We've spent a lot of time over the past months, building content to assit you to learn the various parts of the Back paddock System. more easily...

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Low Protein Content in wheat crops

11 October 2012

As harvest approaches again it looks like the yield and grain protein issues have been reversed this year as aresult of the dry finish. Further reading about nitrogen flows around the plant from head emergence to a couple of weeks post sowing indicates that there is a possible relationship between flag leaf and or pannicle N content and harvest grain protein.  Will be persuing this next season as it may provide us with some solid evidence when to try a late season N application for protein boost.

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Zinc responses in wheat 2012

11 October 2012

There appears to have beeen an increase in the incidernce of zinc deficiency in wheat during the 2012 season in some moderately acid soils in southern Australia. Many of these were confirmed by plant tissue testing that was conducted throught SoilMate and treated with foliar zinc application. As yet the effectiveness is still to be assessed. Given the similarities between symptoms of zinc deficiency and yellow leaf spot it begs the question how much more zinc deficiency has not been correctly identified. As to the cause of the zinc issues, there has been no conclusive research but we can speculate that a combination of factor such as increase in limimg, decrease in zinc input (with the change from high Cd SSP to MAP and DAP 10 - 15 years ago), residual herbicides and change in varietal susceptibility. One to look out for next season.

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