Managing frost, early sowing tactics and fine-tuning crop nutrition and protection strategies to help optimise grains productivity and profitability will be explored in presentations and focus sessions at this year’s western GRDC Grains Research Updates.
Registrations have opened for the two-day Update in Perth from 27 to 28 February at Crown Perth, and a series of one-day regional updates at Mingenew on 24 February, Kendenup on 7 March and Merredin on 9 March.
More than 100 grains-focused papers were submitted for inclusion in the 2017 Grains Research Updates program, highlighting how it showcases the latest research and development in wheat, barley, oats, canola and pulses.
Regional events cover priority issues in each port zone and all Updates provide opportunities for growers to network with grains industry experts and quiz them on a wide range of topics.
These include strategies to help deal with frost, soil constraints, crop nutrition, weeds, pests and diseases. The GRDC regional grower services manager – west, Roger States, says these issues are likely to be at the forefront of many growers’ minds after mixed results from the 2016 harvest due to severe spring frosts and wet conditions in some areas.
“The GRDC recognises that frost especially is challenging for growers and advisers in terms of its sporadic nature, unpredictability and the magnitude of losses,” Mr States says.
“It is continuing to make significant investments in frost management, environmental and genetics research through the National Frost Initiative and findings from these projects will be presented at this year’s Updates.”
Mr States says growers are encouraged to attend the Update that is most convenient for them. He says each Update will feature international, national and local researchers and presenters.
“Growers coming to the Updates will also have time to meet and interact with service providers to the grains industry from across the supply chain,” he says.
“In Perth, there are plans for a networking function, a Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA) breakfast and a ‘speakers’ corner’.”
More information and registration details are available on the GIWA website. There is a discount for GRDC levy payers.
Rachel Nash, GIWA,
08 6262 2128,
Roger States, GRDC,
0427 565 780,
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