Caption 1: Neal Menzies, School of Agriculture & Food Sciences, University of Queensland discussed his presentation on soil sodicity with Jim Laycock, technical agronomist, Incitec Pivot; Wellington grower and GRDC northern panellist Will Martel and Chris Guppy, School of Environmental & Rural Science, University of New England.
Caption 2: Matt Shephard, IMAG Consulting, Dubbo with Updates presenter Simon Fritsch, Agripath, Tamworth.
Caption 3: Among the familiar industry faces at the Coonabarabran Update were Gunnedah-based senior agronomist Jim Hunt, Ed Blackburn, Haynes Farm & Hardware, Coolah and Mullaley grower Nick Anderson, Newstead.
Caption 4: Campbell Muldoon, MPAC, Narromine shared a joke over lunch with John Single, Narratigah, Coonamble.More than 125 grain industry representatives converged on Coonabarabran last week for the annual Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grain Research Update.
The Grains Research Updates are premiere events in the northern grains industry calendar, bringing together some of Australia’s leading grain research scientists, agronomists, consultants and growers.
Topics discussed at this year’s event included soil sodicity, improving yield and profit in northern farming systems, herbicide resistance management, making better business decisions and the effective use of social media.
Update coordinator John Cameron said the topics were selected by local planning committees and were regionally relevant, credible and science-based new information, practical and ready for on farm adoption with the potential to make a tangible difference to growers’ bottom lines.
“It’s important that we continue to lift the bar on production and productivity in the northern grains industry and the GRDC is investing millions of dollars annually to ensure that happens,” he said.
“It is just as important to communicate with the wider farming community about the progress and outcomes of research projects that tackle productivity constraints and break new ground in agricultural technology.
“The Updates provide an ideal forum for learning, sharing ideas and networking, all of which are precursors to successful and effective change.”
Sarah Jeffrey, Senior Consultant Cox Inall Communications
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