Eyre Peninsula farm advisers and their grain-growing clients who have been affected by recent severe frosts will gather in Kimba on Friday (September 5) to discuss the situation. The one-day technical workshop for agronomists, advisers, consultants and growers has been organised to review the impact of frost and discuss frost management strategies and current and future research efforts. Initiated by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the workshop will be from 8.30am to 2.30pm at the Kimba Football Club and on-farm.
The forum will assess the extent of damage, how to identify frost damage in crops, the chances of recovery of affected crops, cutting for hay and other management decisions. The workshop will feature several experts who will provide advice and critical insights to growers and their advisers. Research being undertaken through the GRDC-supported National Frost Initiative will also be outlined. A farm visit to view and discuss crop damage will conclude the workshop. Registration for the free-of-charge workshop is essential. To view the program and to register, please visit www.agcommunicators.com.au/workshops.
In the meantime, growers and advisers are urged to inspect crops for damage caused by frosts which have affected many crops in early growth stages. Growers need to consider their circumstances and make a quick decision about management options. More information on frost and its impact on crops can be found in the GRDC Managing Frost Risk booklet which is available for viewing and downloading via www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-Booklet-ManagingFrostRisk.
Caption: Frost’s impact on SA crops will be the focus of a workshop at Kimba. Photo: Ben Biddulph.
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
GRDC Project Code
ICY47, PFS36, ICY49, UA00136, CSP00143, CSP00180, MCV00010, UQ0071, UWA00160, DAW00234, DAW00162, CSP00180, SDI00019, ARO00002, UWA00161, CAG00004, GRDC416, GRDC046