Northern region growers were recently handed an exceptional new tool to assist in operational decision-making and I urge growers to utilise it for improving overall farm management and profitability.
The launch of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) GrowNotes for wheat, barley and durum at last month’s GRDC Advisor Research Update at Goondiwindi represents a new era for the Australian grains industry, offering on-the-spot access to a wealth of crop-specific research and agronomic information.
These first three modules are effectively pilot projects with the remaining leviable crops being rolled out over the next year.
The GrowNotes provide an overview of each crop, information on a range of farm best practice, results of northern region trials, best-practice recommendations and links to additional research and trial information for further study.
Presented as a set of online flip-books, the GrowNotes are dynamic documents that will be regularly updated as new research and agronomic information come to light and growers and agronomists provide feedback.
This is the first time that such a comprehensive range of information has been so readily accessible to growers and they will play a vital role in helping improve crop management and farm profitability.
As with any new initiative, feedback is important to ensure that the GrowNotes remain as user-friendly, informative and relevant as possible and I urge all growers to take the time to view the wheat, barley and durum modules at www.grdc.com.au/GrowNotes.
There’s a feedback button on every page that sends your comments, good or bad, directly back to GRDC.
The GRDC has been actively investing in grains research, development and extension for more than 20 years and over that time has generated a mass of information from research data and findings, most of which remains relevant.
This has been traditionally communicated to industry via media and annual GRDC events like the grower and advisor Updates and while these remain fundamental communication channels, the digital age has provided us with new technologies like digital publishing and mobile applications which enables GRDC to communicate important research information more often and more effectively.
Caption: Keith Harris, GRDC Northern Region panellist, Quirindi
Keith Harris, GRDC Northern Region panellist, Quirindi
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