Hyper Yielding Cereals Project field day 2017

Event Name
Hyper Yielding Cereals Project field day 2017
End Date
6 hours

Far Australia invites you to attend the 2017 Hyper Yielding Cereals Project field day.

BBQ Lunch sponsored by Roberts, A Ruralco Business.

Trial site courtesy of Botanical Resources Australia (BRA)
(Please see attached flyer for map)

The project led by FAR Australia in collaboration with SFS is funded by the GRDC.

Keynote speaker:

Eric Watson, Rangitata Holdings Ltd

Eric and Maxine Watson are the current world record holders for a 16.79t/ha wheat crop.

Eric Watson is one of New Zealand's foremost cropping farmers specialising in cereal and small seeds production. Farming on the Canterbury Plains near Ashburton, Eric grows a range of crops including wheat, fescue, plantain, radish, ryegrass and other vegetable seed crops. The world record was awarded earlier this year for a crop of Oakley, a UK bred winter wheat. Eric will be discussing the key ingredients and the work that goes on behind the scenes for a world record attempt.

Topics will include:

  •  What are the key ingredients for a world record wheat yield?
    Eric Watson, Cropping Farmer, New Zealand
  • Winter wheat vs spring wheat germplasm - what's the difference with regard to optimum sowing date and management?
    Dr. James Hunt, La Trobe University
  • How can feed grain cereal crops be used in Tasmania mixed farming systems to optimise both grain and livestock production?
    Cam Nicholson, Director, Nicon Rural Services
  • Smart use of grains in sheep programmes.
    Anthony Shepherd, Sheepmatters, Cootamundra, NSW
  • The role of feed grain cereals in pastoral based dairy production systems.
    Richard Rawnsley, Dairy Centre Leader, TIA
  • Are high yielding feed wheat cultivars more dependent on a diet of high fungicide input?
    Tracey Wylie & Darcy Warren, FAR Australia
  • What yields can we achieve with new germplasm and agronomy techniques in Tasmania?
    Nick Poole, Managing Director, FAR Australia
  • What is the yield penalty associated with lodging in wheat when you have a yield potential of 14t/ha?
    Jon Midwood, CEO, Southern Farming Systems
  • Can we have hyper yielding cereals without hyper input costs?
    Ian Herbert & Georgina Maloney, Southern Farming Systems, Tasmania
  • What are the feed grain requirements of poultry producers in Tasmania?
    Tristan Nichols, Agricultural Manager, TasFoods
  • Irrigated spring barley - can it be the wonder crop?
    Nick Pyke, CEO, FAR, New Zealand

Panel Discussion

Facilitated by Cam Nicholson: Use of feed grain cereal crops for grazing and grain production in Tasmanian mixed farming systems.
Cam will be joined on the panel by farmers Sam Lyne, Campbell Town, Brett Donlen, Ross and Rob O'Conner, Benham

Cropping/livestock producers and industry personnel welcome

Please contact event coordinator Rachel Lowther for further information.

National, South
Badcock Lane
TAS 7292
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Rachel Lowther
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