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2020 Autumn - Evolving conservation agriculture

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FPJ1701D - Dickmann, R (2020), Conservation agriculture and beyond: a view from the plant science industry

FPJ1701D - Dickmann, R (2020), Conservation agriculture and beyond: a view from the plant science industry, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 17, no. 1, Autumn 2020, pp. 22-31, Surry Hills, Australia.

Conservation agriculture in Australia expanded rapidly from the early 1980s in parallel with the adoption of glyphosate and other herbicides. Poor knowledge of weed dynamics and herbicide use practices led to development of weed resistance. Societal and market pressures weakened research on new herbicide technologies in the years after the millennium. The early 2010s saw the adoption of a zero-tolerance approach to weed escapes, industry wide communication on resistance topics and re-investment in herbicide research. Plant science industry companies have supported industry efforts and undertaken parallel initiatives in their own right. Industry research has focused on better targeted and lower impact herbicides. As the focus of conservation agriculture turns from soil protection to climate adaptation and mitigation, the plant science industries are increasing efforts in boosting biological options and supporting a more regenerative agriculture.

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