Grains Research and Development

Date: 07.10.2014

Industry gathers for Grain Research Centre field day

Author: Sarah Jeffrey

Crown rot and water use efficiency were high on the discussion list for grain growers and consultants at a recent field day in Narrabri.

Presented by the IA Watson Grains Research Centre and supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the day featured presentations from leading agronomists, researchers and breeding companies.

Participants spent the morning gaining a comprehensive insight into a range of issues from field-based trials to leading scientific research currently being conducted.

After lunch, participants headed into the paddock to visit all site-based field trials for a practical overview of the full range of research carried out at the IA Watson Grains Research Centre. This research includes faba bean breeding, soil biology work and irrigated wheat trials.

Participants had the chance to talk to researchers one-on-one to discuss the current trials and their practical implications for growers.

Caption: Representing Landmark Narrabri at the field day were Geoff Brown and Hamish Murray.

Caption: The field day offered plenty of opportunities for growers and consultants to discuss the current trials with researchers – pictured are Bill Yates, Garah, Greg Giblett, Agromax Consulting, Liverpool Plains, and Dr Phillip Davies, University of Sydney.


Caption: Hugh Urqhart and James Miller from PenAgCon Narrabri pictured with Incitec Pivot’s Jim Laycock.

Caption: Wheat Research Foundation chair Jim Watson and Andrew Carberry, Narrabri were among the many participants who spent the afternoon out in the on-site field trials.


Caption: Fred Ghirardello caught up with Graham Shields during the lunch break.

Caption: Dr Angela Pattison, University of Sydney, Narrabri and Shane Kable, AgNVet, Wee Waa discussed the morning’s presentations during lunch.


Caption: Richard Heath, University of Sydney, with Tim Weaver, Pulse Australia, Wee Waa.

Caption: Wheat Research Foundation chair Jim Watson, John Watson, Boggabri, and Wes Watson.

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