Grains Research and Development

Date: 11.03.2015

Hundreds gather in SQ for GRDC Updates

Author: Sarah Jeffrey

Caption: Stuart Olsson, Ag N Vet, Theodore and Patrick Press, Sumitomo Chemical, Brisbane travelled to Goondwindi for the two-day GRDC Grains Research Update.

Caption: GRDC Updates presenter Victorian-based agricultural consultant Cam Nicholson, caught up with Garah grower Bill Yates during a break at the GRDC Grains Research Update at Goondiwindi.

Caption: Talking 'crop' at the GRDC Goondiwindi Update were Emerald based consultant Graham Spackman, Spackmann & Associates and Greg Gibblet, Agromax Consulting, Quirindi.

Caption: NSW advisors Hugh Urquhart, PenAgCon, Narrabri, Tim Poole, Poole Ag Consulting, Moree and James Urquhart, Nurural at the GRDC Update at Goondiwindi.

Caption: Goondiwindi based agronomists networking at the GRDC’s Goondiwinidi Update Bec Raymond, DAF and Cate Wild, MCA.

Caption: Lundavra grower Charles Clark, Benelawin, with GRDC northern panel members Jack Williamson, Goondiwindi, and Rob Taylor, Curraweena, Macalister at the Talwood Update.

Caption: NSW attendees at the Talwood GRDC Grains Research Update – Rob Sizer, Agripath, Tamworth and Henry Noble CBA Moree.

Caption: Preparing to walk into the Talwood Community Centre for the start of the GRDC Grains Research Update were local growers Sam Morris, Welltown, Goondiwindi, George Clark, Sherwood, Bungunya and Harry Webster, Jericho, Talwood.

More than 400 agronomists, researchers and growers from across Queensland and New South Wales gathered at Goondiwindi and Talwood recently for the annual Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grain Research Updates.

Improving productivity and profitability were key themes throughout the three days of presentations from some of Australia’s leading scientists and consultants.

Topics discussed at this year’s events 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.”

ENDS

Contact Details

Sarah Jeffrey, Senior Consultant, Coxinall Communications
0418 152 859
sarahj@coxinall.com.au

GRDC Project Code ICN00014

Region North