Crop Protection Forum – Launceston
The annual Crop Protection Forum, a national forum targeting fungicide, herbicide and insecticide resistance issues in specific growing regions, will make its way to Tasmania this year.
Held in Launceston on Wednesday, 27 October, the forum will explore the implications and solutions for chemical resistance in southern cropping systems and the significant challenges it poses to the Tasmanian cropping industry.
The event is hosted by the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM), the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) and Cesar Australia, and will target agronomists and growers of the region.
Professor Mark Gibberd, CCDM director will open the forum with a facilitated panel discussion on the issues faced by growers of the region.
Resistance topics will then be delivered by:
- Fran Lopez-Ruiz, CCDM fungicide resistance expert presenting on unexpected fungicide resistance cases.
- Hugh Beckie, AHRI director giving insight on what we can expect this decade in herbicide resistance.
- Simon Burgess of Vaucluse Agricultural Company providing a grower’s perspective on crop rotations and chemical management strategies.
- Jana Dixon, WeedSmart agronomist presenting solutions for controlling resistant weeds.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, four presentations will be delivered online including:
- Paul Umina, Cesar Australia director giving an update on the status of insecticide resistance in the field.
- Nick Poole, FAR Australia director providing information on how resistance is likely to affect crop management.
- Roberto Busi, AHRI herbicide resistance expert talking about optimising herbicide use and minimise resistance.
- Joshua Thia, University of Melbourne researcher predicting the risk of pesticide resistance in agricultural arthropod pests.
The day will be wrapped up by Mr Brett Davey, senior research and extension officer of Southern Farming Systems, as he facilitates a panel of local agronomists to bring out the key solutions to managing resistance in the region.
The event will be held at the Tramshed Function Centre with lunch, morning tea, afternoon tea, drinks and canapés included in the ticket price.
Tickets are available at Eventbrite / CCDM Crop Protection Forum 2021 – with early bird discounts on offer until 13 October.
Cost (in AUD$):
$55 - $132
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