Tactics and strategies that can be employed to boost cropping productivity and sustainability will be explored at a regional grains forum at Ganmain next month.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), in conjunction with local farming systems group FarmLink Research, will host a grains research Update at Ganmain on Wednesday, March 13.
To be held at the Ganmain Sports Club, the Update will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will tackle topics of most relevance to local growers.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Update will provide local growers with the opportunity to discuss the latest research outcomes and farm practices that could have a positive impact within their cropping systems.
“Grain growing is a constantly evolving activity – each year we learn of new ways that we can change and tweak our farming systems for the better, and the GRDC Updates are an important vehicle for passing on that information,” Mr Shannon said.
“I encourage all growers in the region to set aside some time to attend the Update at Ganmain which will help to set them on the right course for the season ahead and beyond.”
CSIRO Plant Industry researcher James Hunt will review data from time of sowing trials that has identified yield increases of 0.8t/ha. This data has shown that targeting varieties suited to early sowing when the opportunity arises can give whole farm yield increases of 13-47%.
NSW DPI soil scientist Dr Mark Conyers will offer insights into and advice on the impacts of periodic cultivation in a no-till farming system, while Paul Breust, FarmLink Research, will discuss the application and usefulness of soil moisture probes in making crop production decisions.
CSIRO’s Tony Swan and Laura Watson will explore the impact of legume, brassica and brown manure break crops on profitability, nitrogen fixation, weed control and disease from a series of eight trials in the FarmLink Research region.
Lockhart farmer Mark Day will relay his experience in managing a brown manure system, outlining the profitability of such a system and the long-term effects on subsequent crops.
The Update will be from 11.30am (registration starts at 11am) to 5pm, with lunch provided.
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 email@example.com.
Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Ganmain Update is an opportunity for local growers to discuss the latest research outcomes and farm practices that could have a positive impact within their cropping systems.
For more information:
Matt McCarthy, ORM
03 5441 6176
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
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