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   Riverina Environmental Management        refer to the following
                                            Appendices:
             System Package
                                            15. Timerite IPM

                                            16. Know Your
                                            Herbicide Group




  CROP MANAGEMENT
                 Key elements:

• Good agronomy
• Use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)




         Your name:

         Year:
Crop agronomy

Key elements: well planned crop rotation strategy, crop monitoring/inspection, agronomic practice to
maximise use of rainfall.

Tick 1 of the 5 rating boxes for each statement. Choose the score which best represents your current
situation. Score 1 indicates that you do not use this practice, and score 5 indicates that you fully
understand and implement the practice. Scores in between indicate your assessment of where you fit in
between scores 1 and 5. Only answer questions which are relevant; put a cross in the box indicated if
the statement is not relevant to your situation.

                     Practice                                      Rating                     Cross
                                                         1       2   3    4            5     if does
                                                                                                not
                                                                                              apply
    I have a clearly defined crop rotation strategy
    based on minimising disease problems in
    crops whilst getting the best economic return.
    I use water use efficiency (Refer to Water
    Monitoring Tool in Folder 4 for how to
    calculate) as an indicator of good crop
    management.
    I inspect crops at different growth stages (e.g.
    TOPCROP monitoring) to assess their
    nutritional requirements.*
    I sow as early as practical to reduce the risk
    of water and nutrient loss.
    I have a well thought through sowing strategy
    for different autumn break conditions.
    I have considered using the Graincare QA
    scheme.


                                        Sub–total :

* These practices address Greenhouse issues by helping to reduce emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent Greenhouse gas.

Total score for "Crop agronomy": eg. Score of 15

Number of questions answered: eg. 5 questions




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                                                                                                   Crop Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Key elements: Application of IPM to decision making.

Note: A pest refers to weed, disease or crop predators.

Tick 1 of the 5 rating boxes for each practice or cross final box if not relevant.

                     Practice                                 Rating                  Cross
                                                     1      2   3    4           5   if does
                                                                                        not
                                                                                      apply
    I monitor seed bank levels in crops and
    pastures to help make weed management
    decisions.
    I inspect crops and pastures at key stages to
    make pest management decisions.
    I monitor a range of pests and their lifecycle
    development so that I can use IPM
    designated programs (Refer to Appendix 15
    'Timerite' in Folder 7).
    I assess critical thresholds for pests for a
    particular crop or pasture before I make a
    decision about spraying.
    I do not apply chemicals until the critical
    threshold for pest damage to crops or pasture
    has been exceeded.
    I use non-chemical methods to control pests
    where appropriate (note that in some
    situations this may increase soil structure
    damage so it is not always appropriate).
    I rotate crops so that I can rotate modes of
    action of chemical groups and plan which
    chemicals I am going to use (e.g. Logran® on
    wheat).
    I keep clearly documented, long term records
    of all chemical groups I have used each year
    on a paddock by paddock basis.

                                      Sub–total :




Total score for "Integrated Pest Management":

Number of questions answered:


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                                                                                             Crop Management
Summary scoring for "Crop Management" section :

                           Practice                              Overall         Number of
                                                                 score           questions
                                                                                 answered
    Good agronomy

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM)


    OVERALL SCORE FOR “CROP MANAGEMENT”
    AND TOTAL NUMBER OF QUESTIONS
    ANSWERED
    Convert score to a %
    Divide your Overall Score by the Number of Questions
    Answered, then multiply by 20. This will give you an
    overall % for the Crop Management SAQ.
    eg. 57/15 x 20 = 76%

    TOTAL % SCORE FOR THIS SAQ:




                                    Crop management :
                             List three areas for improvement




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