Tests offered and how to submit a test
Weed seeds have started arriving and in November after seeds mature, we will start numerous diverse techniques for breaking domancy in different weed species. How early can seeds be harvested. I have posted photos on twitter (@PBoutsalis) on how early seed panicles and pods can be harvested. Basically, if there is any colour change from green to light brown ‘hay’ colour the seeds are viable. Its important to keep seeds well ventilated so they can continue maturing and avoid moulding. Keep in the sun in paper bags or in a bucket for a few days prior to sending.
“Watch this space” for an exciting new pre-emergence seed test. More information soon….
Also expecting a big Crop Seed Quality Testing season with more seasonal variation across southern Australia than I can remember!
Specialising in herbicide resistance testing
Plant Science Consulting (PSC) is an Adelaide based company specialising in Herbicide Resistance Testing. The company was founded by Dr Peter Boutsalis who has been involved in Herbicide Resistance for over 25 years, both in Australia and overseas. PSC offers a wide range of tests including herbicide resistance testing of weeds as seeds & plants (Quick-Test). The Quick-Test was developed by Dr P. Boutsalis in the late 1990’s. He now works as an independent agricultural consultant and for The University of Adelaide researching herbicide resistance.
How the process works
Quick, Simple & Easy
Register your samples online and obtain a unique registration ID number. Write this ID number on your sample bag. Post your samples to Plant Science Consulting. Once the testing is completed, the report will be emailed to you along with a tax invoice with payment details. It couldn’t be any easier.
To register using a paper brochure click here
Please note that there is a $25 incl GST fee for transferring the information from the paper copy into the electronic site.
This fee will be included in the final tax invoice.
A resistance quick test is very useful on assessing the level of herbicide resistance in a particular weed population, and helps to develop chemical strategies and other weed control methods in current and subsequent years.
Grant Johnson, Agronomist
J & J Cunningham Agri Services
Cooke Plains SA
Herbicide resistance testing can make growers tens of thousands of dollars a year through improved herbicide and rotation choice.
Ag Consulting & Co,
“Peter’s Syngenta Herbicide Resistance QUICK-TEST has been a very worthwhile service to growers we advise. It enables us to find out the resistance spectrum of plants surviving herbicides in the field and to have results to act on that season. Peter has also been a great help to the Hart Fieldsite group assisting with ryegrass trials and speaking on ryegrass control to growers and advisers at our many field days in the past two years”
Clare, South Australia
Agronomic consultant and past research coordinator of the Hart Fieldsite Group
I find that being able to get quick results on the resistant status of weeds allows us to make a suitable salvage option and start to plan for next years control options.
Elders, Ariah Park, NSW
Peter, very happy with the Quick-Test reports, quick turn around, easy to understand and great info to be able to present to growers. Gives us a great advantage to understand what is happening in the pdk during the year and make decisions for future cropping and chemical use. Great service many thanks.
Agvise Services P/L, Inverleigh, Vic
Herbicide resistant testing has become an important part of managing resistance on our property, we use it both strategically (determining which paddocks to remove from cropping) and tactically (deciding on what herbicide groups will work in specific paddocks we suspect of having resistance).
Dr Grant Roberts
Stradbrooke Park, Clare SA
Thankyou for the Quick Test results. We suspected it had some resistance to glyphosate – now it is confirmed, with an indication to the degree of resistance. We now have the ability to choose other herbicides and non-herbicide tactics to reduce, and hopefully kill the population.
Damien & Lauren Philp