Silverleaf nightshade key messages & advice - Part 2

The Silverleaf Nightshade Team have spoken to hundreds of farmers and advisors thoughtout the past two years collating their tips and tricks learnt from tacking with this persistent weed.

Here are this week's tips and tricks:

 

1.  The ‘dual action’ approach still has some issues with the re-emergence. Farmers estimate about 90% effectiveness with the second application in preventing re-emergence

Silverleaf nightshade key messages & advice

The Silverleaft Nightshade Team have spoken to hundreds of farmers and advisors thoughtout the past two years collating their tips and tricks learnt from tacking with this persistent weed.  Over the next few weeks I'll be posting 5 consistent key messages and advice:

 

1.   Perennial weeds need attention every year (to prevent seed set and control rootbank)

2.   Farm hygiene is important so that seeds and roots are not transferred from paddock to   paddock or to neighbouring properties

SLN Field Day at Culcairn, NSW

On Nov 11, 2015, an interactive field day and discussion group was held at 'Oak Hill', near Culcairn, in the NSW south-east Riverina, to dissiminate the latest research and management options to farmers for Silverleaf Nightshade control. This workshop was organised by Raylene Brown from Holbrook Landcare Network (HLN), in conjunction with Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc. (MLi).

Hanwen Wu from NSW DPI along with Phil Bowden and Karen Herbert from MLi andcare spoke and demonstrated the Weed seeker technology which has been estimated by growers to save 70% on the cost of herbicides.

Grower and Advisor Demonstration Trial Competition - iPad Winners

The Silverleaf Nighshade (SLN) team recently invited growers and advisors to complete an online survey to provide us with key information on how to combat this persistent weed.  Farmers and advisors who were additionally willing to conduct/ promote an on-farm demonstration for SLN control automatically went into a draw to win one of four iPads on offer.

Congratulations to the very happy winners of this competition:

David Barber - Farmer - Griffith, NSW

Best Management Practice guide

BMP guideA guide by EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

Silverleaf nightshade is a deep rooted, summer active perennial closely related to horticultural crops such as tomatoes and eggplants, making biological control problematic. The extensive root system, up to several metres in width and depth, poses a large problem for control.

Farmers and advisors we need your help!

Please help us complete a simple online survey

Please help the Silverleaf nightshade project team by completing a simple online survey that will provide us with key information on how to combat this persistent weed by obtaining individual baseline data and better understanding of your experiences with Silverleaf nightshade.

The survey will take just a few minutes to complete.

Silverleaf Nightshade 2013 project report

The Silverleaf Nightshade (SLN) project has run for twelve years, it has been a collaborative effort involving NSW DPI staff, Linda Stockman-CWFS, Glenn Neyland, Noxious Weeds Officer Bland Shire Council and Ungarie SLN farmers group, particularly Harry Rowling (Chairman) and Malcolm & Kaye Forrest who set-aside two hectares of land for the demonstrations. We were very grateful the earlier trial work of Barney Milne, Weed Research Officer (retired), Orange ARI.1986-1993 and that Dow Agro Sciences supported the group and supplied most of the herbicides for this work.