Grains Research and Development

Date: 08.03.2011

Junee grains forum to prepare growers for season 2011

Junee grains forum to prepare growers for season 2011

Opportunities and challenges facing south-west New South Wales grain growers as they prepare to embark on the 2011 cropping season will be addressed at an important forum in Junee on March 16.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)/FarmLink Grower Update will provide grain producers with the latest information on seasonal and industry issues and research developments.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the GRDC and FarmLink are hosting this event to present growers with practical advice on how to make the most out of their farming systems.

“The information being presented will relate to the wet weather issues encountered over recent months and what impact those conditions will have on 2011’s cropping programs,” Mr Shannon said.

Mr Shannon said the Update would deliver practical advice and valuable information to ensure growers were equipped to deal with issues such as weed control, soil nutrition levels and the volume of residue remaining in paddocks from the 2010 harvest.

Among the speakers will be three representatives from the CSIRO in Canberra: Tony Swan will speak about the use of cover cropping in establishing perennial pastures; John Kirkegaard will give insights into the highlights and relevance of farming systems around the globe; and James Hunt will discuss the impact of livestock on crop yields in conservation farming systems.

Other speakers include Tim Condon from Delta Agribusiness whose topic is “grazing crops: a profit accelerator”, while Tony Single and Bruce Ramsey from Agritech Research at Wagga Wagga will be joined by a panel of agronomists as they review the 2010 season in terms of crop varieties and soil and plant nutrition.

Other topics for discussion include herbicide efficacy in no-till farming systems, management of heavy stubbles, integrated farming and optimising spray application.

A detailed program for the Update can be obtained by visiting www.grdc.com.au/updatedates or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au

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