Elmore grains forum to set foundations for season 2012
Grain growers throughout north central Victoria will soon converge on Elmore to explore the options available to them as they adapt to changing market, environmental and agronomic conditions.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update for growers on Thursday, February 16, will feature a line-up of industry experts from across the country who will provide advice and support to growers preparing for the 2012 cropping season and beyond.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the program for the Update at the Elmore Football Club has been specifically designed for local grain growers.
“The GRDC and Update organisers have worked closely with a local planning committee to select the topics of most relevance to growers in the north central region and to source the industry authorities to address these issues,” Mr Shannon said.
“The day will begin with a presentation by Market Check grain economist Steve Powell on the factors affecting national and global grain markets. He will offer intelligence on what will be the key drivers for wheat, barley and canola in 2012, setting the scene for the remainder of the Update.
“There will be particular interest in the outlook for canola this year as it was a popular crop choice in 2011 and performed well for growers in the local region. With wheat prices not as buoyant, we are likely to see an increased planting of canola in 2012 so the Update will feature a number of discussions about the oilseed crop,” Mr Shannon said.
Maurie Street, Chief Executive Officer of the Grain Orana Alliance (GOA), based in New South Wales’ central west, will provide growers with an update on research into canola windrow timing and direct heading, while Steve Marcroft of Marcroft Grains Pathology at Horsham will advise on how growers can stay on top of canola’s “public enemy number one” – blackleg.
“Other topics to be covered during the forum include on-farm grain storage,” Mr Shannon said. “With more and more growers electing to store grain on-farm, PCB Consulting storage expert Peter Botta will deliver a timely address on maintaining grain quality on their properties.
“CSIRO researcher Clive Kirkby will offer insights into soil biology and nutrition, detailing the advantages of encouraging stubble breakdown with soil microbes.
“Sustaining future herbicide options, including the latest resistance management tips, will be the subject of a presentation by the University of Adelaide’s Chris Preston, while Maurie Street of GOA will also discuss effective and efficient control measures for problem weeds such as fleabane and windmill grass.”
Completing the forum will be an outline of new and novel solutions for the grains industry, to be delivered by GRDC New Farm Products and Services program manager, Paul Meibusch.
A detailed program for the Update, to run from 9am to 1pm (with lunch provided), can be obtained by visiting www.grdc.com.au/updatedates or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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