Grains Research and Development

Date: 31.01.2013

Goondiwindi Update focuses on resistance

Author: Rachel Bowman
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World-leading expert on herbicide resistance Dale Shaner is one of the highlight speakers at this year’s round of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Updates, which includes Goondiwindi.

From the United States Department of Agriculture, Dr Shaner will cover his work on the breakdown of triazines and herbicide binding on stubble at the Adviser Update on 5 & 6 March at the Goondiwindi Community Centre.

He’ll be joined by Greg Kruger from the University of Nebraska and Bill Gordon from Bill Gordon Consulting in an innovative new session where advisers have informal discussion time with key speakers to enable them to ‘drill down’ to the nitty gritty on key issues of interest.

Dr Shaner will also provide an overview of the key outcomes and issues from the preceding weeks’ Global Herbicide Resistance Conference being held in Perth.

Updates focus on issues impacting on profitability for the coming season, which this year include the economics of nitrogen management and risk. This follows some unexpected and costly protein results in 2012, when many growers experienced a range of unexpected outcomes related to nitrogen nutrition.  

GRDC northern panel chairman James Clark, said five Updates were being held in northern NSW and southern Queensland during February and March that would bring growers and advisers together with researchers.

"The Updates are a chance for growers and advisers to tap into the latest research, liaise with our expert local and international guest speakers and become better informed on ways to boost productivity on farm in a more sustainable manner.”

The Goondiwindi program also includes:

  • Spray application research and practice in the USA and Australia
  • Key issues from the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge Conference
  • Innovation in the grains industry – infra-red soil tests, biopesticides and next generation remote sensing
  • Yellow leaf spot and stripe rust – spray timing, diagnosis and trial outcomes
  •  Concurrent sessions on
    • Weeds
    • Nutrition
    • Canola and chickpeas
    • Soil water and tillage
    • Cereal agronomy and PGRs
    • Dirty rotten diseases and nematodes
    •  Tools to measure soil water (demonstration)
    • Yield Prophet (hands on workshop)

For further information about the Updates contact John Cameron or Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930 or northernupdates@icanrural.com.au. Full programs and an online registration form are available at www.icanrural.com.au

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For interviews:

John Cameron, ICAN P/L
02 9482 4930

Contact:

Kaaren Latham, Cox Inall Communications
02 8204 3852

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