Grains Research and Development

Date: 09.02.2016

GRDC Grains Research Update (Adelaide)

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Start Date: 09.02.2016

Start Time: 08:55

End Date: 10.02.2016

End Time: 14:50

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide SA

An informative program showcasing the latest agronomic and grains industry issues of interest to grain advisers.

Day 1 - 8:55am - 5:30pm

Viable growth in the pulse industry - global and domestic factors;

Peter Wilson will deliver a hard-nosed assessment of how resilient and sustainable the pulse markets are to ensure they remain a solid rotational choice. Peter is the CEO of AGT Foods Australia, having previously held a range of senior management and trading positions here and in Canada. Peter is also the chair of Pulse Australia which is charged with improving market access and supply chain efficiency. In particular, Mr Wilson is passionate about the role pulses play in diversifying on farm agronomic rotations and cash flows. He is equally optimistic about the opportunities to grow customer markets by improving quality and supply reliability.

How better forecasts are helping to make better agronomic decisions;

Peter Hayman analyses the use of POAMA for N fertiliser decisions, with some discussion of the recent 2015 season including the heat events and what can be learnt for 2016. Mr Hayman is principal scientist in Climate Applications Science Program at SARDI. He is an agricultural scientist with an interest in applying climate information to dryland and irrigated farming systems. Since the early 1990s Mr Hayman has worked with growers managing climate risk on a range of project in Australia, Cambodia and the Philippines. In 2006 the GRDC awarded Mr Hayman the Seed of Light Award for communication of climate change information to the southern grains industry.

Out-smarting the weed seed bank;

Peter Newman updates the status of the war on herbicide resistance, including advances in harvest weed seed control, the importance of mixing and rotating herbicides rather than just mixing, all with practical application from focus paddocks. Mr Newman is based in Geraldton, WA, and has worked in the private industry as an agronomist and as a research officer for DAFWA. He now leads the AHRI communications team based at the University of Western Australia, where his role involves communicating research and other information about managing herbicide resistant weeds to the Australian grains industry. After 20 years of delivering the same message, you may think Mr Newman has run out of things to say. However, recent research has him more convinced than ever that the only answer to the herbicide resistant weed problem is to target the seedbank.

  • The value of break crops in low rainfall farming systems and which ones perform best?
    Michael Moodie, MSF
  • Micronutrients - fact versus fiction;
    Nigel Wilhelm, SARDI
  • Best practice with fungicides;
    Nick Poole, FAR Australia
  • Early sowing - where is it going?
    James Hunt, La Trobe University
  • Soil probes for better crop decisions;
    Leighton Wilksch, Agbyte
  • Are herbicide residues in soil an issue?
    Mick Rose, NSW DPI
  • Herbicide tolerance in pulses - the state of play;
    Dili Mao, SARDI
  • Optimising N fixation with inoculants;
    Elizabeth Farquharson, SARDI
  • Canola agronomy and black leg update;
    Andrew Ware, SARDI
  • Research roundup; eight minute 'power presentations' covering Push Notifications Project, PreDicta B developments, Online Farm Trials and the GRDCs National Frost Initiative; 
    Chris Pittock, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Alan McKay, SARDI, Robert Milne, Federation University Australia and Tim March, University of Adelaide
  • Amelioration of sandy soils - the latest results;
    Melissa Fraser, PIRSA
  • New insights into slug and snail control;
    Michael Nash, SARDI
  • PhD project: Characterisation of novel forms of beta-glucanase in malting barley;
    Juanita Lauer-Smith, GRDC PhD Scholar with University of Adelaide
  • PhD project: Identification of arabionxylan biosynthetic in plants;
    Jana Phan, GRDC PhD Scholar with University of Adelaide

Day 2 - 9:00am - 2:50pm

Protecting our markets;

Andrew Weidemann will provide insights into his farm's quality assurance commitment and the market opportunities that can be threatened by poor stewardship and poor in paddock decisions. Mr Weidemann farms 3500 ha of crop and runs a white suffolk stud near Rupanyup in the Victorian Wimmera. The Family has been acknowledged as innovators, using the latest precision technology incorporating quality assurance and on-farm storage systems. Well know as the face of a Crown Lager advertisement, Mr Weidemann has a passion for developing strategies around markets and research, in particular achieving market requirements.

Managing yourself and your business when swimming against the tide;

Hear Ken Solly outline strategies and systems to use to keep things in perspective, and how to avoid making mistakes when under pressure. His presentation includes learning how to be sceptical of your own beliefs in a positive way, establishing non-negotiables when things are tight and achieving a work life balance. Mr Solly is the managing director of Solly Business Services which focuses on business planning, analysis, restructuring and commercial viability assessments. Project management, agricultural tourism, succession planning and mediation have been features of his work. Much of Mr Solly's focus is now on empowering people and building personal resilience. He is is well known for his 'Mind your business' weekly column in the Stock Journal.

  • Latest findings to improve productivity on sandy soils;
    Therese McBeath, CSIRO and Jack Desbiolles, University of South Australia
  • Cereal pathology watch list for 2016;
    Hugh Wallwork and Marg Evans, SARDI
  • Positive crop adaptions to climate;
    Glenn Fitzgerald, Victorian Department of Economic Development
  • Barley variety update;
    Jason Eglinton, University of Adelaide
  • Weed and herbicide management - latest tips from R&D;
    Gurjeet Gill, University of Adelaide
  • Are we addicted to IMIs?
    Peter Boutsalis, University of Adelaide and panel
  • Factors influencing nitrogen supply from soils and stubbles;
    Gupta Vadakattu, CSIRO
  • Wheat variety update;
    Rob Wheeler, SARDI
  • Neonics and bees;
    Saul Cunningham, CSIRO
  • Maximising pulse performance in South Australian farming systems;
    Christine Walela and Jenny Davidson, SARDI
  • The potential of UAVs and robotics to capture useful field data;
    Brooke Schofield, SARDI

Contact Name: Matt McCarthy

Contact Email Address:

Contact Phone: 03 5441 6176

Cost (in AUD$): One day $250, Two days $350

Student (in AUD$): One day $80, Two days $180

Supported by GRDC