Grains Research and Development

Date: 16.02.2016

GRDC Grains Research Update (Wagga Wagga)

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Start Date: 16.02.2016

Start Time: 09:00

End Date: 17.02.2016

End Time: 14:50

Venue: Charles Sturt University Convention Centre - Pine Gully Rd WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650

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

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

Digital data and innovation transforming Australian agriculture
Charlie Thomas will use his experience to advocate on a range of issues including telecommunications, infrastructure, drought policy, research and development, chemical regulation and agribusiness issues. Mr Thomas joined National Farmers Federation in March 2015 as General Manager, Rural Affairs and Agribusiness. Mr Thomas comes from a farming background in Central West NSW and maintains an active interest in the family farm.

Viable growth in the pulse industry - global and domestic forecasts
Ron Storey will give a hard-nosed assessment of how resilient and sustainable the pulse markets are to ensure they remain a solid rotational choice. Mr Storey is an agribusiness executive and consultant with over 30 years experience in domestic and international grain and commodity markets. He is well placed to provide a unique perspective on the rapid grain marketing changes in Australia in the last 10 years. Mr Storey is currently a director of Pulse Australia Limited and Mallee Sustainable Farming and grew up on a mixed farm in the Victorian Mallee where he retains a small farming interest.

Profitable integration of pulses in farming systems
Mick Faulkner shares his experiences working with profitable South Australian growers in the practices necessary to optimise production and achieve profit with pulses. He will discuss communication and extension practices to achieve real, positive change on-farm. As managing director of Agrilink Agricultural Consultants which has been operating for over 34 years, Mr Faulkner's key interests include production systems and relationships, and farm business management. He conducts research projects and is known for his innovative approaches to crop and livestock management.

  • Imagery and data - getting it working for you
    Ben Jones, Mallee Focus & PASource Pty Ltd
  • Controlled traffic farming - cost and benefits for transition
    Greg Condon, Grassroots Agronomy
  • Stubble trouble? Researching solutions
    James Hunt, La Trobe University
  • Managing profitability and risk in a grain business
    Ed Hunt, Ed Hunt Consulting
  • The bent-leg tyne - new seeding research in progress
    James Barr, University of South Australia
  • Wheat cultivar and agronomy wrap-up
    Eric Koetz, NSW DPI
  • Cereal disease - yellow leaf spot, septoria and barley loose smut
    Andrew Milgate, NSW DPI
  • Barley R&D - key results and progress
    David Burch, NSW DPI
  • Ground truthing Yield Prophet in the southern NSW landscape
    Tim McClelland, BCG
  • Faba bean and lentil agronomy for southern NSW
    Mark Richards, NSW DPI
  • Canola and pulse disease status and watch list for 2016
    Kurt Lindbeck
  • Summer weed watch;
    Bill Brown, Charles Sturt University
  • PhD project: Mechanism of weed suppression in early vigour and weed suppressive wheat genotypes
    James Mwendwa, GRDC PhD Scholar at CSU
  • PhD project: PBA Health benefits of Australian pulses
    Kyle Reynolds, GRDC PhD Scholar at CSIRO

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

Are herbicide residues in soil an issue?
Mick Rose will outline current research and observations from the national herbicide residue survey, what it all means and the results from a study into the impacts of glyphosate residues. In his role as a project officer at NSW DPI in Wollongbar, Mr Rose is trying to understand how herbicides might affect soil biology and grain production. He is particularly interested in the interactions between plants, microorganisms and their environment. Mr Rose's work has previously taken him from the floodplains of north-west NSW, to the rice paddies of Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines as well as the pastures of Gippsland in Victoria.

If this is El Nino, I will take it
Dale Grey will discuss the factors and drivers influencing seasonal outcomes in southern NSW and whether there is an explanation for the area faring relatively well in the 2015 El Nino year. Mr Grey has worked for the Victorian government as a crop and pasture agronomist for 22 years. Over the past 10 years, he has specialised as a seasonal risk agronomist and is well known for his work as editor of The Break, The Fast Break and The Very Fast Break e-newsletters.

  • Micronutrients - fact versus fiction
    Nigel Wilhelm, SARDI
  • Budgeting crop nitrogen supply - better estimation, better decisions
    John Angus, CSIRO, retired
  • Canola harvest management - colour, timing, cultivars, yield and oil
    Maurie Street, Grain Orana Alliance
  • Canola agronomy report
    Rohan Brill, NSW DPI
  • Research response to emerging herbicide challenges
    Chris Preston, University of Adelaide
  • Reviewing critical phosphorus levels and soil type response to potassium, phosphorus and sulphur
    Tony Cox, NSW DPI
  • Pest wrap - resistance to SPs and looking after the good guys
    Paul Umina, cesar
  • Local research results to inform paddock recommendations
    Barry Haskins, Ag Grow Agronomy and Research
  • Easy N versus urea at different growth stages
    Jim Laycock, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers
  • The why and how of cultivar responses to time of sowing
    Felicity Harris, NSW DPI


Contact Name: Matt McCarthy

Contact Email Address:

Contact Phone: 03 5441 6176

Cost (in AUD$): One day $200, Two days $300

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

Supported by GRDC