The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will seek feedback from growers about important local agronomic issues, during spring tours of Western Australia’s grainbelt.
GRDC western regional panel chairman Peter Roberts said three separate tours would be undertaken by the panel, which develops and prioritises the GRDC’s research, development and extension (RD&E) investment portfolio at a regional and national level.
“The GRDC’s annual spring tours provide us with important information about growers’ production issues and research priorities,” he said.
“Feedback obtained helps the GRDC western regional panel – comprised of growers and other representatives of WA’s grain industry – to ensure that the GRDC’s investments deliver the best possible value to growers.
“Consultation during the tours also allows the GRDC to explain its investments in new technologies relating to key issues such as herbicide resistance, frost, soil constraints and crop rotations, as well as pre-emptive research into threats including diseases such as rust.”
The GRDC western regional panel spring tour of WA’s Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) will take place from September 7 to 9, taking in Geraldton, Binnu, Yuna, Three Springs, Eneabba, Tardun and Mullewa.
A tour of the Upper Great Southern (UGS) region will be held from September 22 to 24, with districts to be visited including Kukerin, Nyabing and Pingrup.
The Esperance region will be visited from September 29 to October 1, with districts toured including Condingup, Beaumont, Wittenoom Hills, Salmon Gums, Jerdacuttup, Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe.
GRDC managing director John Harvey will join this tour, offering Esperance growers a unique opportunity to speak one-on-one with the GRDC’s leading staff member.
Mr Roberts said the GRDC western regional panel spring tours were one of a number of ways that the GRDC consulted with growers and industry representatives, with other opportunities including the GRDC’s presence at field days and events, as well as its Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) initiative.
“The GRDC recently held its first series of ‘open RCSN meetings’ which attracted high numbers of growers,” he said.
“These meetings have further strengthened the RCSN consultation process and were initiated as a result of the success of the GRDC’s initial investment in the RCSNs, which identify issues critical to ensuring the prosperity of the grains industry in their area and initiate local projects.”
Growers seeking information about the spring tour of WA’s NAR can contact Darrin Lee on 0427 281 021 or email; details about the UGS tour are available from Paul Kelly on 0427 275 022 or email; and information about the Esperance tour is available from Gemma Walker on 0428 751 095 or email.
Peter Roberts, GRDC
0428 389 060
Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827