Growing profitable crops `from the ground up’ will be a key theme at a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update at Jondaryan in August.
Some of Australia’s leading researchers will be on hand to offer practical research-based advice on topics such as farming systems performance, summer pulse agronomy, tweaking sorghum agronomy for high yield targets, disease management in summer crops to minimise losses, and emerging insect threats.
Safe and effective residual herbicide use for the management of problem weeds such as Feathertop Rhodes grass, the practicalities and economics of deep phosphorus applications, mouse monitoring control, priority actions for managing wheat and barley diseases in 2015 and alternative end uses for sorghum will also be discussed.
The Update is being held on Tuesday August 4 at The Woolshed, 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan between 9am and 3:20pm.
With growers typically operating under extremely tight margins in a highly variable climate, GRDC northern panel chair James Clark said on-going improvements in crop yield and farming system productivity were imperative if growers were to remain profitable and viable.
“It’s critical that growers remain ahead of the game if they are to build long term resilience and viability into their businesses and one of the best ways of doing that is to seek advice from the industry’s leading researchers,” he said.
“The Updates are an ideal forum to forge new approaches to existing challenges through networking with key members of the research and development community, experienced advisors and other successful growers.
“Importantly, the program offers something for everyone and is firmly focussed on practical research that is ready for on-farm adoption.”
Among the impressive line-up of speakers are CSIRO Senior Farming Systems Scientist Dr Lindsay Bell, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) research agronomist Kerrie McKenzie, Pacific Seeds summer grains agronomist Trevor Philp, University of Southern Queensland pathologist Jo White, renowned DAF entomologists Melina Miles and Hugh Brier, DAF principal research scientist Dr Michael Widderick, Incitec Pivot’s Bede O’Mara, Bongeen grower John Cameron, DAF principal pathologist Greg Platz and DAF food technologist Ross Naidoo.
The cost of attendance is $30 per person and $20 for a second person from the same farm on the same registration. Morning tea, lunch and proceedings are provided. Registration at both workshops is 8:30am for a 9am start.
To RSVP/register or for further information or the agenda contact Updates coordinator John Cameron or Erica McKay, ICAN on 02 9482 4930 or visit the Jondaryan GRDC Grains Research Update page.
Caption: GRDC northern panel chair James Clark says the GRDC Grains Research Updates are an ideal forum to help forge new approaches to existing productivity challenges.
James Clark, GRDC Northern Panel Chair
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