Grains Research and Development

Date: 30.06.2011

Mildura grains forum to support growers through the season

Mildura grains forum to support growers through the season

Key points:

• GRDC Grower Update to be held at Mildura on July 19
• Focus on seasonal issues and grains industry developments

Grain growers throughout the Sunraysia and Mallee regions will next month be provided with the latest agronomic and research information to assist them through the remainder of the crop-growing season and to prepare them for harvest.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), supported by Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc, is hosting a research Update for growers on July 19 at the Mildura Football Function Centre.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Update will be an important source of information and resources for growers and their advisers.

“With crops now in the ground, it is time for growers to think about the season ahead and to make sure they are well placed to deal with any agronomic issues that might arise, as well as the coming harvest,” Mr Shannon said.

“The GRDC research Updates are of enormous value to growers looking for practical advice on how to improve their farming systems and increase their environmental and economic sustainability.

“We have assembled a line-up of expert speakers from throughout Australia for the Update in Mildura, and their topics will be of particular relevance to growers in this region.”

In the wake of a sporadic and weather interrupted harvest, farm consultant Phil O’Callaghan will analyse the options available to improve harvest efficiency, while the subtle details of canola harvest, including tips and tools on windrow timing and direct heading, will be addressed by Maurie Street from Grain Orana Alliance, Dubbo, along with two local farmers.

Ann McNeill from the University of Adelaide will provide information on the mechanisms growers can employ to build soil organic matter for better crops. Precision agriculture and paddock zone management will be the focus of a presentation by Rick Llewellyn from the CSIRO.

GRDC New Products and Services program manager, Paul Meibusch, will showcase cutting-edge research being supported by GRDC to deliver novel solutions to growers.

Mr Shannon said seeding and stubble management challenges experienced during the 2011 summer and seeding season and the solutions applied in combating these issues would be discussed by a panel of local farmers and agronomists.

“This will be a particularly interesting discussion as the past summer and the lead up to and into the sowing season was quite a unique period given the unusual wet conditions during harvest and the associated agronomic and farming systems issues that emerged.

“I encourage all growers in the region to take time out from their on-farm activities to attend the forum to learn of the latest in grains research and industry developments and for the opportunity to discuss issues of most importance to them,” Mr Shannon said.

The Update will be from 9am to 1pm (registration starts at 8.15am) at the Mildura Football Function Centre in 12th Street. Growers wishing to attend can now register for the Update online via www.orm.com.au.

More information about the Updates is available by visiting www.grdc.com.au/updatedates or by phoning ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au

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Editor’s notes:

• For more information contact ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au

• www.grdc.com.au/ORM00001

• GRDC Project Code: ORM00001

• This media release and other media products are available via www.grdc.com.au/media

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