Australia’s premiere mixed farming event, Henty Machinery Field days, will have a new face on the grounds this year – the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
It’s the first time the GRDC has exhibited at the event, highlighting the region’s increasing prominence as a hub for grains research to boost the productivity and profitability of grain growers across New South Wales.
GRDC’s northern regional grower services manager Sharon O’Keeffe said the event, being held from September 22-24, offered growers an exceptional opportunity to interact with key GRDC northern personnel on issues affecting crop productivity across southern and central NSW.
“By visiting the GRDC site, growers can hear first-hand about some of the research projects that are helping drive yield improvement in northern farming systems,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
“Accessing up-to-date agronomic research is the first step towards implementing targeted management practices to boost crop yields and addressing common queries in areas like disease management, herbicide use and integrated pest management.
“Even relatively small management changes can make a significant difference to business’ bottom line and GRDC has a wealth of resources that can help growers assess their farm and crop management options.
“The GRDC will be onsite at 887 and 888 for the duration of Henty and we welcome growers to drop in to discuss any relevant research, development or production issues or attain advice on the use of GRDC’s range of GrowNotes, apps or other extension initiatives.”
The southern NSW production areas have recently been incorporated into the GRDC’s northern region.
The boundary revision coincided with the appointment of a new northern panel which provides an effective link between growers, the research community and GRDC and plays an important advisory and strategic role in GRDC investments across the research, development and extension spectrum.
The new panelists include Tony Hamilton, a grower from Forbes, NSW; Andrew McFadyen an agronomy consultant from Coolah, NSW; Arthur Gearon, a grower from Chinchilla, Queensland, and former southern panel members John Minogue from Barmedman in NSW and Neil Fettell from Condobolin in NSW.
They are joined by returning panellists Loretta Serafin, NSW Department of Primary Industries agronomist, Tamworth; NSW based consultant Jules Dixon; Penny Heuston, agronomist, Warren; Jack Williamson, agronomist and grower, Goondiwindi; and Brondwen MacLean, GRDC executive manager research programs, Canberra.
GRDC Manager Regional Grower Services, North
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