The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will next month host a major forum in Adelaide to support the South Australian grains industry through the 2015 cropping season and beyond.
The GRDC Grains Research Update, entitled Emerging systems – new decisions, will be attended by agronomists, consultants, researchers, growers and other grains industry personnel committed to ensuring the State’s grains sector remains productive and profitable well into the future.
To be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on February 10 and 11, the Update will feature a line-up of expert speakers from throughout Australia and overseas who will provide insights into research developments and advice about progressing cropping enterprises.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the annual Adelaide two-day Update is the State’s premier grains research, development and extension (RD&E) forum.
“This year’s event will showcase innovative thinking, products and practices, and will offer valuable advice on opportunities to improve SA farming systems,” Mr Pengilley said.
Headlining the event will be Malcolm Morrison, a research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who will discuss innovations that underpin yield improvements in the Canadian canola industry.
Dr Morrison, who is also a Fellow and past president of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, will inform the audience of the latest state-of-the-art innovations from Canadian science, targeting canola productivity.
Sorting the science from the “snake oil” will be the topic of another international keynote speaker, New Zealand agricultural science consultant Doug Edmeades. The 2012 NZ Agriculture Personality of the Year will highlight why science is important to society in general and agriculture in particular, and will offer advice on how to avoid being caught up in “pseudo-science”.
The Update program will offer a wide range of timely topics and issues and will provide maximum choice for attendees to construct their own preferred learning path over the two days.
Relevant agronomic issues to be covered on day one include frost which will be discussed by a panel of experts, improving herbicide use efficiency through new technology, pastures in mixed farming systems, managing weather and climate risk, the destination of fertiliser nitrogen, applied nitrogen versus break crops, and management of soaks.
Other day one topics include the outcomes of sowing early in 2014, farm succession, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), new directions in weed management RD&E, the “best and fairest” cereals in 2014, trial results from a new prototype harvest weed seed impact mill, the latest products and services from the commercial sector, as well as emerging research by GRDC-funded students.
Among the subjects to be addressed on day two are subsoil manuring, new developments with in-crop herbicide research, emerging management options for net form net blotch in barley and septoria in wheat, an expert panel discussion about beet western yellows virus, a focus on canola, pulse agronomy and disease and using crop competition for weed control in cereals.
Also on day two, a panel of experts will field questions on a range of pests, and information will be delivered on commercial innovations backed by the GRDC, ProCrop (a new-age decision support tool), eXtensionAUS and topping up wheat with foliar P.
Keynote speaker Carol Fox of Life Performance Pty Ltd will discuss the value of confident communication in enabling farm advisers to become more proactive and influential with their farming clients.
For a detailed program and to register for the event please visit www.orm.com.au or www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-Update-Dates or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email email@example.com.
Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel
Matt McCarthy, ORM
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Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, says the Adelaide forum will showcase innovative thinking, products and practices, and will offer valuable advice on opportunities to improve SA farming systems.
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