The Agronomy Specialist™

Agronomic Acumen is a consultancy firm that specialises in agronomy and is based in Albany, Western Australia. We provide various services that include regular paddock/field inspections, development of paddock plans, one-off farm visits for advice, talking to groups, giving seminars and providing a completely independent view on why your chemical product is not selling or what should be done to make it a best seller. We also publish a monthly newsletter, back issues of which are available here for download.

We manage farms for investors and land owners who want maximum sustainable profits using the best agronomic techniques. We are also able to manage your farm if you just want a break or are having trouble keeping up with the rapid change of agriculture.

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You may find some useful links that we visit regularly. Please browse the photo gallery for some recent photos of warm season crops in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Latest Newsletter Topics - October 2016

  • The 2016 season so far - excellent rains, but now too much for some, and too many frosts.
  • Croptopping with paraquat - sometimes a “spike” with another herbicide is more expensive than just using a higher rate. But sometimes a spike is worthwhile. Some examples are discussed.
  • Bottom spikelets on wheat aborting? - discussion on what causes this and how to fix it.
  • Growing big canola crops - an example is discussed why too much N too early is detrimental to yield, oil and profits.
  • Canola variety recommendations for 2017 - comments on the standout varieties so far.
  • Ordering canola seed from Bayer - it now needs to be done through their website -
    No payments needed until next harvest, and full money back if crop is lost early to any of many possibilities.
  • AGT Yellows - some varieties from Australian Grain Technologies have a trait of flag leaves going yellow. Comments on this syndrome.
  • Sclerotinia sprays in canola - comments on whether it was/is worth waiting to see if the disease is present before spraying.
  • Updates on the Learning Plant Language website and workshops, and the study tour to Kenya in 2017.
  • Lodged crops - comments on how to handle crops that have lodged in regards to disease and harvestability. And what should be done about all that reshooting from the base of lodged cereals?
  • Knowing when it is the firm dough stage of cereals - croptopping time.