Toolbox prize ‘a dream’ for progressive Victorian farmer
A recent adopter of BOXER GOLD® herbicide technology has won a new toolbox for the farm ute, including tools valued at $7200.
Georgina Warne, from Culgoa in the Mallee region of Victoria, was ecstatic when Syngenta Territory Sales Manager Lance Brown delivered the Kincrome and Milwaukee tools as part of the BOXER GOLD® promotion.
As she examined the sockets, spanners and a huge range of other tools that were included in the promotion Georgina said it was every farmer’s dream prize.
“Things will probably stop breaking around here, now I've got this," she joked. “There’s a hacksaw, files for mechanical work and a rattle gun in there for the weekly flat tyre.”
In preparation for the toolbox, Georgina had to ditch the standard ute tub.
“I've had to buy a new ute tray… to step up in the game, now I've got the flashest toolbox in the Mallee" she said.
The success of last year’s BOXER GOLD®Toolbox promotion means it has been repeated for a limited time, with farmers invited to enter the competition by writing 25 words on their use of the herbicide before the end of March 2022.
Georgina said she entered it last year when she was out spraying some paddocks.
“It popped up on my Twitter feed when I was wasting time on the sprayer. I entered it, and then I forgot I entered it. The week before Christmas, (Syngenta Senior Portfolio Lead Garth Wickson) called me, and I won, and I didn't believe him but here it is."
She farms 2000 hectares of land with her father just south of Culgoa, with the major crops being wheat and barley.
This season they are also growing lentils, canola, oaten hay and vetch for brown manure. Livestock is also an integral part of the enterprise, with a recent purchase of 400 merino ewes due to be joined at the time the toolbox arrived.
Georgina Warne, of Culgoa, VIC, was ecstatic with her BOXER GOLD® Toolbox, won as part of the Syngenta promotion.
Georgina said she had been back on the farm for the past four years and has utilised BOXER GOLD® herbicide each winter since.
“We use BOXER GOLD® as a pre-em and an early post-em here on our farm to control ryegrass which is my most problematic weed."
“It is doing a wonderful job on my ryegrass.”
In a barley crop last season, it was used as an early post emergent.
“You notice a little more ryegrass than you're expecting, and I've been hitting it and it has done an amazing job."
In the pre-emergent application, BOXER GOLD® is mixed with Treflan and a knockdown, but put out straight if it is used as a post-emergent option.
“Two years ago, I skimped on wheat pre-ems, I think just a standard Treflan triallate, and then there was a heap of ryegrass,” Georgina said.
“I came back and whacked it with a full rate of BOXER GOLD® afterwards as a real salvage and that did a good job.
“The naughty little ryegrass sneaks through and when the crops look like they'll get through and have potential, you can justify it.
“It’s vitally important to use robust rates of pre-ems. We might not get another chance.”
BOXER GOLD® is being used to rotate the chemistry and as a superior product to Treflan, to really control the ryegrass numbers.
Georgina said BOXER GOLD® proved to be more economical than other options and had performed well.
"It comes in on the cheaper end of the premium pre-ems, which is a real win for everybody,” she said.
“In my first year farming I saw at harvest time that you can easily lose far more than $28 a hectare with ryegrass. For me, and my weed burden on the farm, it's a no brainer when you've got to think at the harvest end, what gets through will cost me a lot more."
As well as using BOXER GOLD®, Georgina is implementing other strategies as part of the WeedSmart Big 6 recommendations.
“Ryegrass is hitting us on our best, sandiest paddocks and we've been doing oaten hay for two years now and I'll keep it in the rotation to get away from chemicals. I put a chaff chute on the header as well just to do something for harvest weed seed management.”
She said they used agronomy consultant Ben Brennan, who had advised on the type of chemistry to suit their paddocks.
“My agronomist Ben is wonderful. He's been working with Dad and I for three years now and we've got a really good relationship with him. It's coincided with wonderful seasons.”
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