Grains Research and Development

Date: 24.06.2013

Mallee grains forum to offer new knowledge for growers

Author: Sharon Watt
Dr Alan McKay, SARDI

The latest recommendations and advice from cropping and scientific experts will be communicated to Mallee grain growers at a regional research forum next month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host a grains research Update at Manangatang on July 23.

Incoming GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, says the Update will be a valuable source of information and resources for local grain growers as they strive to overcome cropping constraints and boost productivity.

“The GRDC recognises the various challenges that growers in the Mallee region face and the GRDC is addressing these issues through targeted investment in research, development and extension programs,” Mr Pengilley said.

“These programs are generating new knowledge to assist growers, and the GRDC Update at Manangatang will be an important vehicle for delivering and discussing the latest insights.”

One of the major challenges facing the region’s growers is herbicide resistant weeds and this escalating problem will be addressed by Dr Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide. Dr Preston will relay to growers the latest research outcomes to assist them in their efforts to manage herbicide resistance.

The performance of break crops across the Mallee region will be analysed by Dr Rick Llewellyn from CSIRO. Dr Llewellyn will look at the effect on yield and profit of various break crop sequences.

The key agronomy and management issues for pulse crops that should be considered by growers this year will be tackled by Grant Gibbins and Luke Maher of Agrivision Consultants.

Unearthing insights into the costly soil-borne disease, Rhizoctonia bare patch, is the topic of a presentation by Dr Alan McKay from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). Dr McKay will lead a discussion on the effectiveness of new seed treatments and the effects of seeding equipment on disease levels.

The canola, wheat and barley varieties that topped the local GRDC-funded National Variety Trials will be outlined in a “best and fairest” presentation by Simon Craig from BCG.

The forum will conclude with Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt Consulting looking at the strategies growers can employ to remain calm and engaged when placed under pressure and facing change.

After lunch, a trial site “walk and talk” will be conducted by Andrew McMahen and Ashley Pilkington of Landmark, who will detail trials being undertaken at the company’s site at Chinkapook.

Supported by local farming systems groups BCG and Mallee Sustainable Farming, the Update at the Manangatang Hall will be from 9am (registration starts at 8.15am) to 1.15pm, with morning tea and lunch provided.

A detailed program can be obtained by visiting or or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


For Interviews

Matt McCarthy, ORM

(03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
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Caption: Unearthing insights into the costly soil-borne disease, Rhizoctonia bare patch, will be the topic of a presentation at the Manangatang grains research Update by Dr Alan McKay from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).

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