GRDC Grains Research Update (Narromine)

Event Name
GRDC Grains Research Update (Narromine)
End Date
6 hours and 40 minutes

Keep updated on the latest developments in grains research at the Narromine GRDC Grains Research Update. Leading-edge research that’s farm ready for central western NSW


9am-morning tea

  • Bridging the yield gap - how much yield do better growers in the Central West leave behind and why? Identifying areas to capture lost yield and profit.  Zvi Hochman, CSIRO
  • Making more reliable decisions on weather and soil water - case studies using CliMate and the SoilWater app. Tom Cullen and Graeme Callaghan, Delta Agribusiness
  • The Helicoverpa resistance management strategy – why; what’s in it; how will it work?  Efficacy data of alternate products and their use at times where Altacor® is not available. Repeated low-rates of NPV to suppress Helicoverpa populations. Also; an update on current Rutherglen bug research. Melina Miles, DAF Qld

Morning tea to lunch – weed management!

  • Robots with lasers! What are researchers looking at for future weed control? Lasers, robotics, microwaves, precision tillage and more. Mike Walsh, University of Sydney
  • Chaff lining and chaff tramlining - how much can they assist in driving down the seedbanks of problem weeds? Annie van der Meulen, DAF Qld
  • Crop topping and harvest weed seed control & ‘beyond windrow burning’. Greg Condon, Grassroots Agronomy/WeedSmart
  • Discussion on the pros and cons of weed control methods - is chaff lining creating mouse hotels and other issues.

After lunch - summer cropping in the central west

  • Sequencing cotton in dryland farming systems - getting into and out of dryland cotton. Jon Baird, NSW DPI
  • Sorghum row spacing and yield stability in hard finishing seasons. Trevor Philp, Pacific Seeds
  • Tactical sorghum agronomy for the central west and key decision points affecting success. Loretta Serafin, NSW DPI
  • Pros and cons of summer cropping in the Central West. Discussion session, with a lead presentation from grower Bruce Watson

Registration: 8:30am for a 9am start. Finish 3:10pm. Cost: $30 pp. and $20 for second person per farm (Cheques payable to ICAN Pty. Ltd.). Lunch, morning tea and proceedings provided.

To RSVP / register, or for further information or agenda, please contact John Cameron or Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930 or e-mail

(Agenda subject to change)

GRDC Grains Research Update (Narromine)
Narromine Aero Club, Tom Perry Drive, Narromine
NSW 2821
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Erica McKay
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Cost (in AUD$): $30 per person and $20 for additional attendees


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