As the 2014 cropping season kicks off across the Wimmera, local grain growers are urged to draw any cropping issues to the industry’s research and development attention.
Horsham-based Susan Findlay Tickner is a member of the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) Southern Regional Panel, and she wants growers in the region to highlight agronomic issues that could benefit from GRDC-funded research.
Mrs Findlay Tickner, who is a Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) communications manager and operates a mixed cropping enterprise with her family, said her personal experience and work with the GRDC had shown her how quickly long and short-term issues could evolve for the industry, and so she called on growers to help GRDC identify emerging obstacles to productivity.
She said that while emerging technology advances offered a bright future for Australian growers in the long-term, current cropping issues required more immediate attention to help boost productivity on-farm. “The grains industry is an innovative and exciting industry to be a part of now, and that will certainly be the case into the future,” she said.
“The unprecedented access to technology and markets allows the grains industry to increase productivity and profitability of future farming enterprises, however, to do so there are some issues which need greater understanding.
“Some of the serious challenges farmers face within the grains industry today are herbicide resistance, cropping sustainability and nitrogen management, all of which need continual research to ensure the overall long-term profitability of the grains industry.”
Mrs Findlay Tickner said that grower input was an essential part of GRDC’s operations, with farmers’ knowledge of agronomic issues on the ground providing valuable insight that informs research programs.
“Farmers are urged to keep the GRDC across any cropping issues for the benefit of growers and the future sustainability of the grains industry.”
Grain growers throughout the Wimmera are encouraged to contact Mrs Findlay Tickner if they would like to raise any particular cropping issue they feel might benefit from GRDC’s attention.
Mrs Findlay Tickner can be contacted on 0428 622 352, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To view an interview with Susan Findlay Tickner on cropping issues in the Wimmera, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7LSJ_TNJj0
Susan Findlay Tickner, GRDC Southern Panel
0428 622 352
Tristan Price, Porter Novelli
03 9289 9555
Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Susan Findlay Tickner encourages growers to bring grains issues to the GRDC’s attention.