Croplands partner with WeedSmart on industry stewardship

24 May 2022

Croplands has joined forces with WeedSmart in a new partnership that will see the two organisations work together to promote best practice weed management.

WeedSmart is an initiative led by the Australian agriculture industry to enhance on-farm practices and promote the long term sustainability of herbicide use.

As a WeedSmart partner, Croplands will support and participate in several WeedSmart initiatives over the next twelve months including the upcoming WeedSmart Week events in Mildura and Moree.

Croplands has a long history of involvement in stewardship initiatives, says GM Sean Mulvaney

“Herbicide resistance is an ever-present issue on Australian farms,” said Croplands General Manager, Sean Mulvaney.

“Effective weed detection and elimination is incredibly important.”

“Croplands has a long history of working alongside growers in the battle against weeds and sharing best practice spray application principles through our SprayWise stewardship program.”

This new partnership with WeedSmart is the next step in our commitment to promoting the long-term sustainability of weed management practices.

Sean Mulvaney, Croplands Equipment General Manager

WeedSmart was formed in 2014 to address a lack of engagement from growers and agronomists about the growing herbicide resistance problem which costs the grains industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Since its inception, WeedSmart has united Australia’s major weed research groups and other industry participants with the aim of keeping herbicides working for the long-term.

“We’re excited to welcome Croplands as a WeedSmart Partner,” said WeedSmart Project Manager, Jessica Strauss.

“Working closely with industry and research groups ensures we are getting the latest information on weed control solutions to Australian growers,”

Croplands will provide invaluable insights into the machinery and technology space and allow us to reach more growers across the country.

Jessica Strauss, WeedSmart Project Manager

The national stewardship campaign delivered by WeedSmart and its partners provides practical ways for growers to fight herbicide resistance on their farms through the development and consistent communication of the WeedSmart “Big 6”.

“We look forward to working with WeedSmart on this important stewardship program,” said Mr Mulvaney.

WeedSmart Week Mildura

WeedSmart’s flagship event WeedSmart Week offers a unique opportunity for growers and industry stakeholders to hear first-hand about innovative and practical weed solutions.

Croplands welcomes Federal Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia

17 March 2022

David Littleproud MP visits Croplands Dry Creek
From left, Larry Anthony, former federal politician, the Hon David Littleproud MP, Sean Mulvaney, Croplands General Manager and Jonathon Pietzsch, National Party Candidate for MacKillop.

The Croplands team were pleased to host the Hon David Littleproud MP, Australian Federal Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, last week as he visited our manufacturing and warehouse facility in Dry Creek, South Australia.

Sean Mulvaney, Croplands GM, led the tour group which also included Jonathon Pietzsch, Australian National Party Candidate for MacKillop.

“It was great to be able to showcase our factory and extensive product warehouse where we stock over 30,000 product lines.  The Minister took great interest in our Croplands WEED-IT sprayers being produced,” said Sean.

Both the Minister and Mr Pietzsch were impressed with the Croplands facility.

“Australian farmers are some of the best in the world, there’s no doubt about that, but we got here because of the movers and shakers who showed the way,” Minister Littleproud said in a recent media release. On his visit to South Australia, he continued with this sentiment about the role that Croplands has played.

While in South Australia I had the privilege to visit Croplands, meet with Sean Mulvaney and their workers.

At a time when there are questions over our ability to manufacture locally, Croplands has been carrying the baton of sovereign manufacturing and producing the best agricultural equipment in the world.

The Hon David Littleproud MP, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia
David Littleproud MP visits Croplands Dry Creek
Croplands General Manager, Sean Mulvaney, describes the benefits of the market-leading WEED-IT technology.

Mr Pietzsch also talked about the importance of backing South Australian manufacturing.

“Supporting South Australian manufacturing and production is important, even more so in the context of the supply chain issues we’ve seen in recent times. Innovation and adaptation at Croplands has led to success,” said Mr Pietzsch.

Learn more about Croplands here.

WEED-IT to feature at WeedSmart Week 2021

03 August 2021

WeedSmart’s flagship annual event is on again, this year being held over three days in Esperance, Western Australia.

WeedSmart Week brings together growers and advisors to engage on the WeedSmart Big 6 and gain insights on the latest tactics for minimising the impact of herbicide resistance on their businesses.

Croplands is proud to be involved as an industry partner at this year’s event.

WeedSmart Week represents an excellent opportunity for us to not only share our weed management solutions but also to hear and learn from forward-thinking growers and advisors.

Jeremy Rennick, Croplands National Sale Manager

Croplands National Sales Manager, Jeremy Rennick, has attended previous WeedSmart events and recognises the important role that they play in educating industry on best practice weed management.

“As a subsidiary of Nufarm, the team here at Croplands is very conscious of the importance of effective and efficient chemical application. WeedSmart Week represents an excellent opportunity for us to not only share our weed management solutions but also to hear and learn from forward-thinking growers and advisors,” he says.

Croplands market-leading optical spot spray technology, WEED-IT, will be featured on day two of the Esperance event during the very popular technology and machinery field demonstration. The demonstration will be hosted by Ben White, Kondinin Group’s research manager.

WEED-IT technology operates by detecting chlorophyll in actively growing weeds in fallow fields using near infrared sensors, identifying and targeting weeds with unrivalled accuracy – saving water and time, preserving precious soil moisture and minimising the weed seed bank.

Croplands have led the charge in bringing broadscale spot spraying to the Australian market with over 15,000 WEED-IT sensors sold to farms and contractors across Australia over the past 6 years.

“WEED-IT technology is light-years ahead in terms of weed detection and targeting. And there’s nothing like an in-field demonstration to showcase the impressive results that can be achieved,” says Jeremy.

Win the battle against crop weeds with WEED-IT and the WeedSmart Big 6

Croplands WEED-IT Nozzles

Mix and rotate herbicides

Mixing and rotating herbicides buys you time and shots when management herbicide-resistant weeds on your property. WEED-IT allows you to do this easily and economically.

Fat hen weed

Stop weed seed set

Stopping weed seed set is another critical strategy for managing weeds.

With WEED-IT’s proven detection and targeting accuracy, you can target even the smallest of weeds in a fallow situation.

WeedSmart Big 6

The WeedSmart Week Technology and Machinery Field Demonstration is taking place on Wednesday 18th August at the Campbell Shed. For more information and to register, see here.