Grains Research and Development

Date: 23.01.2013

Temora forum to prepare groundwork for 2013 crop season

Author: Sharon Watt
David Shannon speaking at the Adelaide Convention Centre

Key points:

  • GRDC Grains Research Adviser Update in Temora on February 26-27
  • Focus on developing robust cropping systems

Farming systems built to withstand the impact of weeds, diseases, pests, seasonal constraints and market vagaries will take centre stage in Temora next month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation’s annual Grains Research Update will focus on those significant cropping issues expected to confront southern New South Wales grain growers in season 2013 and beyond.

The forum, entitled Robust cropping systems – the next steps­, will be attended by agronomists, consultants, researchers, growers and other grains industry personnel committed to ensuring the region’s grains sector remains productive and profitable well into the future.

To be held at Temora Ex Services Memorial Club on February 26 and 27, the Update will feature a line-up of expert speakers from throughout Australia who will provide insights into relevant subjects and advice about progressing cropping enterprises in the face of ever-present challenges.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the annual Update plays a critical role in delivering information, knowledge and resources to farm advisers who can in turn inform their farming clients and prepare them for the season ahead.

“The forum is aimed at disseminating cutting-edge advice and intelligence to contribute to the establishment and maintenance of viable and efficient cropping systems,” Mr Shannon said.

“The pressure on grain growers to keep on top of all the challenges that continue to emerge is enormous, so it is vital that the professionals who provide a service to growers are kept up to date with the latest information, techniques and technologies.”

This year’s comprehensive program will tackle a broad range of topics – from big picture subjects such as global agriculture trends, to grass-roots agronomic issues such as crop rotations, weed control, disease management and pests.

Keynote speakers include Emergent Futures consultant Paul Higgins who will offer his thoughts on the strategies needed for grain-growing businesses to flourish in a fast-moving, time-critical modern world.

Professor David Lamb from the University of New England will explore the impacts of emerging technology “game changers” – including the National Broadband Network – on farm management and crop husbandry, while CSIRO Plant Industry researcher James Hunt will discuss sowing dates and how growers can get the best out of current wheat varieties.

Frost damage emerged as a serious issue for many growers in parts of southern NSW during the 2012 growing season. Addressing the issue at the Update will be CSIRO research scientist Steve Crimp, who will look at the frequency and timing of frosts, as well as the development of a prediction guide for advisers.

Sam Kleeman from the University of Adelaide will offer new insights into pre-emergent herbicides and the use of disc-seeders which can be set up to minimise crop damage, while University of Adelaide’s Chris Preston will discuss maintaining the effectiveness of herbicides and the latest on glyphosate resistance and fence-line management.

Meeting the demand for nitrogen in modern cropping systems will be a focus along with the ability of pulses to meet this demand.

Other topics to be tackled during the two-day forum include strategic cultivation, understanding farmer decision making and adoption behaviour, moisture probes, the management of blackleg and sclerotinia in canola, frost and heat stress tolerance, mobile soil pH reading units, crown rot and the latest in spraying technology.

A detailed program can be obtained by visiting www.orm.com.au or www.grdc.com.au/updatedates or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.

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Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the annual grains research Update plays a critical role in delivering information, knowledge and resources to farm advisers who can in turn inform their farming clients and prepare them for the season ahead.

For more information:

Matt McCarthy, ORM
03 5441 6176

Contact:

Tristan Price, Porter Novelli
03 9289 9555 / 0400 363 006

GRDC Project Code ORM00001

Region South, North