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Resistant Weeds: Battling Australia's multi-billion dollar weed problem

An international program based in Germany is researching new herbicides to combat resistant strains of weeds, and an engineering solution conceived by a WA farmer is attracting interest from around the world.

 

 

HSD DEVELOPMENT

The Harrington Seed Destructor is the culmination of 20 years of development that started with an idea from WA farmer; Ray Harrington.

Ray knew that Australian farmers were fighting a war to eradicate weeds in their cash crops. From the 1970s the introduction of cheap, highly effective herbicides has been the farmer’s main defence against weed infestation, but over the course of time through natural selection, herbicide resistant strains of weeds have become a critical issue in many areas of Australia across all staple crop varieties.

Ray’s idea was brilliantly simple - what if there was a way to reliably destroy weed seeds mechanically during the harvest process? Enter HSD technology: the chaff stream from a combine harvester is intercepted and fed directly into a high speed mill that pulverises the chaff, including weed seeds that would otherwise pass through the harvester and be returned to the field.

Enter the Australian Grains Research and Development Council (GRDC), who understood the importance of Ray’s idea and provided funding and UniSA provided research and development expertise to further develop HSD technology.

In 2016 the first integrated Harrington Seed Destructor was tested on Australian soil- with great success, where up to 99% of weed seeds were pulvarised until no longer viable.

 

“Improve your weed control. No Burning, No Tilling, No Additional Labour. ”

 
 
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Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor

Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor

Destroy weed seeds as you harvest

iHSD TECHNOLOGY

The Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor – iHSD is a means to control weed seeds by way of mechanical impact trauma to the seed. The iHSD is integrated directly into the chaff stream of a combine harvester providing harvest time weed control and prevents the vast majority of weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.

The Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) has determined that the iHSD can destroy 93-99% of the weed seeds that enter them. 

The iHSD has major advantages over many traditional weed control methods. iHSD is a modular package that generally requires only minor adjustments to existing harvesting operations:

 

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Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor Features

Harvest time weed seed control prevent weed seeds entering the seed bank

  • Fewer weeds emerge in following seasons, enabling chemical control to be more targeted and efficient

Mechanical control is non-selective toward herbicide resistant seeds

  • Lessens critical build up of herbicide resistant weed strains
  • This will delay development, if not eliminate herbicide resistant weed strains
  • Fewer herbicide resistant weeds emerge and can be targeted with highly effective control measures, generally too expensive to consider at broad scale

Organic matter and residue is returned to the soil

  • Promoting a healthier, more stable soil profile
  • Less organic supplements are required

One pass processing at harvest

  • No chaff carts
  • No wind rows

No burning

  • Reduced fire risk to property and the environment
  • No smoke pollution created
  • Reduced seasonal fuel loads (i.e. stockpiling over fire ban season)
  • Retained soil organics and corresponding soil nutrient holding capacity

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New South Wales

Sincock Condobolin

16 William St
Condobolin NSW, 2877
Phone: (02) 6895 2622
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Sincock Parkes

32 Clarinda St
Parkes NSW, 2870
Phone: (02) 6862 5011
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Queensland

McIntosh & Son Dalby

17563 Warrego Highway
Dalby QLD, 4405
Phone: (07) 4662 2288
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South Australia

Ramsey Bros Cleve

23 Henderson Ave
Cleve SA, 5640
Phone: (08) 8628 2100
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Ramsey Bros Cummins

11 Secker Ct
Cummins SA, 5631
Phone: (08) 8676 2103
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Ramsey Bros Kimba

1-2 Miller Crescent
Kimba SA, 5641
Phone: (08) 8627 2371
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Ramsey Bros Murray Bridge

21 Fuschia Rd
Murray Bridge SA, 5253
Phone: (08) 8531 2244
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Ramsey Bros Riverton

3 Camacs Rd
Riverton SA, 5412
Phone: (08) 8847 2804
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Ramsey Bros Wudinna

Eyre Highway
Wudinna SA, 5652
Phone: (08) 8680 2200
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Ronco Motors Loxton

1917 Bookpumong Rd
Loxton SA, 5333
Phone: (08) 8584 5575
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Ronco Motors Pinnaroo

40 Railway Terrace S
Pinnaroo SA, 5304
Phone: (08) 8577 8129
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Wise Farm Equipment

35 Dukes Hwy
Bordertown SA, 5268
Phone: (08) 8752 0633
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Victoria

O'Connors & Sons Birchip

20 Cumming Ave
Birchip VIC, 3483
Phone: (03) 5492 2311
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O'Connors & Sons Horsham

423 Western Hwy
Horsham VIC, 3400
Phone: (03) 5382 1727
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O'Connors & Sons Warracknabeal

97 Henty Hwy
Warracknabeal VIC, 3393
Phone: (03) 5398 1877
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Sunrise Ag Ouyen

Calder Highway
Ouyen VIC, 3490
Phone: (03) 5092 1031
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Sunrise Ag Swan Hill

5616 Donald-Swan Hill Rd
Swan Hill VIC, 3585
Phone: (03) 5032 0099
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Western Australia

McIntosh & Son Albany

Unit 2/191 Chester Pass Rd
Albany WA, 6330
Phone: (08) 9847 4255
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McIntosh & Son Esperance

25 Norseman Road
Esperance WA, 6450
Phone: (08) 9071 1155
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McIntosh & Son Geraldton

160 Flores Road
Geraldton WA, 6531
Phone: (08) 9960 5500
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McIntosh & Son Katanning

Lot 4 Nyabing Road
Katanning WA, 6317
Phone: (08) 9821 7000
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McIntosh & Son Kulin

294 Pump Road
Kulin WA, 6365
Phone: (08) 9880 2556
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McIntosh & Son Merredin

52 Mitchell Street
Merredin WA, 6415
Phone: (08) 9041 1099
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McIntosh & Son Moora

125 Gardiner Street
Moora WA, 6510
Phone: (08) 9651 1488
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McIntosh & Son Wongan Hills

178 Wongan Road
Wongan Hills WA, 6603
Phone: (08) 9671 1300
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Sincock Condobolin

16 William St
Condobolin NSW 2877

Phone: (02) 6895 2622
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Sincock Parkes

32 Clarinda St
Parkes NSW 2870

Phone: (02) 6862 5011
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McIntosh & Son Dalby

17563 Warrego Highway
Dalby QLD 4405

Phone: (07) 4662 2288
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Ramsey Bros Cleve

23 Henderson Ave
Cleve SA 5640

Phone: (08) 8628 2100
Fax:

Ramsey Bros Cummins

11 Secker Ct
Cummins SA 5631

Phone: (08) 8676 2103
Fax:

Ramsey Bros Kimba

1-2 Miller Crescent
Kimba SA 5641

Phone: (08) 8627 2371
Fax:

Ramsey Bros Murray Bridge

21 Fuschia Rd
Murray Bridge SA 5253

Phone: (08) 8531 2244
Fax:

Ramsey Bros Riverton

3 Camacs Rd
Riverton SA 5412

Phone: (08) 8847 2804
Fax:

Ramsey Bros Wudinna

Eyre Highway
Wudinna SA 5652

Phone: (08) 8680 2200
Fax:

Ronco Motors Loxton

1917 Bookpumong Rd
Loxton SA 5333

Phone: (08) 8584 5575
Fax:

Ronco Motors Pinnaroo

40 Railway Terrace S
Pinnaroo SA 5304

Phone: (08) 8577 8129
Fax:

Wise Farm Equipment

35 Dukes Hwy
Bordertown SA 5268

Phone: (08) 8752 0633
Fax:

O'Connors & Sons Birchip

20 Cumming Ave
Birchip VIC 3483

Phone: (03) 5492 2311
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O'Connors & Sons Horsham

423 Western Hwy
Horsham VIC 3400

Phone: (03) 5382 1727
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O'Connors & Sons Warracknabeal

97 Henty Hwy
Warracknabeal VIC 3393

Phone: (03) 5398 1877
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Sunrise Ag Ouyen

Calder Highway
Ouyen VIC 3490

Phone: (03) 5092 1031
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Sunrise Ag Swan Hill

5616 Donald-Swan Hill Rd
Swan Hill VIC 3585

Phone: (03) 5032 0099
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McIntosh & Son Albany

Unit 2/191 Chester Pass Rd
Albany WA 6330

Phone: (08) 9847 4255
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McIntosh & Son Esperance

25 Norseman Road
Esperance WA 6450

Phone: (08) 9071 1155
Fax: (08) 9071 3799

McIntosh & Son Geraldton

160 Flores Road
Geraldton WA 6531

Phone: (08) 9960 5500
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McIntosh & Son Katanning

Lot 4 Nyabing Road
Katanning WA 6317

Phone: (08) 9821 7000
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McIntosh & Son Kulin

294 Pump Road
Kulin WA 6365

Phone: (08) 9880 2556
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McIntosh & Son Merredin

52 Mitchell Street
Merredin WA 6415

Phone: (08) 9041 1099
Fax: (08) 9041 1466

McIntosh & Son Moora

125 Gardiner Street
Moora WA 6510

Phone: (08) 9651 1488
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McIntosh & Son Wongan Hills

178 Wongan Road
Wongan Hills WA 6603

Phone: (08) 9671 1300
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