Grains Research and Development

Date: 26.02.2016

Technology experts to headline Merredin Update

Author: Natalie Lee

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GRDC Western Regional Panel member Jules Alvaro says the GRDC Grains Research Update, Merredin, will provide access to experts at the cutting edge of research, and presentations of high relevance to growers in the eastern part of the Kwinana port zone.

Two international technology experts will be keynote speakers at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update, Merredin, on March 9.

Robert Saik, of Agri-Trend in Canada, will discuss the position of science and technology in the 10 major trends likely to affect agriculture in the next decade.

Bret Turpin, of Autonomous Solutions, United States, will focus on the current state of technology in farming automation and where the future lies.

GRDC Western Regional Panel member Jules Alvaro said the event would provide access to industry leaders at the cutting edge of research, and presentations of high relevance to growers in the eastern part of the Kwinana port zone. 

“I strongly encourage grain growers from the region to attend the Update so they can access new information to help them boost farm productivity and profitability,” Ms Alvaro said.

“Some of the topics to be discussed during the day include seeding strategies in a changing climate; soil management and acidity; and crop management.

“This Update is one of three consolidated one-day regional GRDC Grains Research Updates being held in 2016, also including events at Yuna in the Geraldton zone on March 2 and at Katanning in the Albany zone on March 8. Places for the Yuna event have already sold out.”

“The GRDC Grains Research Update, Merredin, is being hosted by the Merredin and District Farm Improvement Group with support from the Far Eastern Agriculture Research Group.”

Other speakers at the Merredin Update include Nic McGregor, of AgVise, and Nuffield scholar Nick Gillett, of Bencubbin, who will address the topic ‘lessons from 2015 and what it means going forward – a look at the season and some of the key agronomic and business decisions made around it’.

Hannah Janson, of Profarmer, will talk about ‘putting a dollar value on best practice grain selling’. Roger Lawes, of CSIRO, will delve into ‘taking a long-term view of crop rotations and what is working in the eastern grainbelt’.

The GRDC Grains Research Update, Merredin, will be held at the Merredin Community and Leisure Centre from 9.30am to 5pm, and will be followed by a sundowner from 5pm. For a detailed program and to register for the event, follow this link.

Contact Details 

For Interviews

Jules Alvaro, GRDC Western Panel
0429 141 668
julpep@bigpond.com

Rachel Nash, Grains Industry Association of WA
08 6262 2128
researchupdates@giwa.org.au

Contact

Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827
nataliel@coxinall.com.au

GRDC Project Code GIA00004

Region West