Grains Research and Development

Date: 26.07.2016

Naracoorte grains research forum to update local growers

Author: Sharon Watt

Dili Mao (pictured) from the South Australian Research and Development Institute and Jeff Paull from the University of Adelaide will outline the progress of programs to breed faba beans with herbicide, frost, heat and disease tolerance traits.

South-East grain growers looking to address the challenges of this season as well as plan for future plantings will converge on Naracoorte next month to hear of the latest insights from grains research leaders.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a Grains Research Update on August 24 at the Naracoorte Town Hall.

GRDC Southern Manager Grower Services, Craig Ruchs, says the Update will provide growers from the area with advice and resources to support them through the remainder of the 2016 growing season, and beyond.

“Numerous GRDC-funded research projects are focused on addressing the needs of South-East grain growers – including various pulse breeding activities, management practices to address waterlogging, crop nutrition and weed management research,” Mr Ruchs said.

“I strongly encourage growers to attend the Update where they will hear about the latest research in the grains industry and reflect upon how these findings may be practically applied to their own farming systems.”

Dili Mao from the South Australian Research and Development Institute and Jeff Paull from the University of Adelaide will outline the progress of programs to breed faba beans with herbicide, frost, heat and disease tolerance traits.

The effect of waterlogging on nitrogen availability and how to budget for nitrogen in a wet season will be the topic of a presentation by Dave Rowlings from the Queensland University of Technology.

Michael Nash from SARDI will provide an overview on the status of the newly identified pest, Russian Wheat Aphid, and discuss some of the recommended management options available to growers.

Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide will speak about what growers can do to extend the life of the herbicides they currently use for weed control, while Shane Oster from Alpha Group Consulting will delve into soil probes and how these tools can effectively inform growers’ decision making.

MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG) personnel will conclude proceedings with an overview of the organisation and how growers can be involved in its activities.

Supported by MFMG, the Update will be from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided.

For a detailed program and to register for the event please visit www.grdc.com.au/updatedates or phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au

For Interviews

Craig Ruchs, GRDC
0477 710813

Matt McCarthy, ORM
(03) 5441 6176

Contact

Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

GRDC Project Code ORM00014

Region South