GRDC Grains Research Update (West Wyalong)

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GRDC Grains Research Update (West Wyalong)
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6 hours and 20 minutes

The latest grains research to improve profit will be on show at the West Wyalong GRDC Grains Research Update. Discuss how to make practical use of the latest information with researchers, agronomists and leading growers.


  • Strategies for longer term management of the soil N bank across the farming system. John Kirkegaard (CSIRO) & James Hunt (La Trobe University)
  • Integrating pulses into the farming system - double breaks, fallow vs pulses and optimising crop sequence - a grower's perspective. John Stevenson (grower/manager Warakirri)
  • Adviser observations on key outcomes from the farming systems trial at Condobolin and local experience with double breaks. Chris Baker (Baker Ag Advantage)
  • Discussion session. John Stevenson (grower/manager Warakirri) and Chris Baker (Baker Ag Advantage)
  • Cereal disease bingo! Learnings from 2020 and planning for 2021. Is stripe rust the death knock for some varieties? Steven Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI)
  • Ryegrass - blowouts at seeding in 2020 and management for 2021. Peter Boutsalis (Plant Science Consulting) & John Broster (CSU)
    • Causes of poor results - resistance vs environment/dose rate
    • Paraquat stewardship
    • Optimising glyphosate performance (tank mixes, AMS, formulation, resistance, adjuvants, timing, application, stress).
  • Ryegrass - fitting new pre-emergent chemistries into the farming system. Greg Condon (Grassroots Agronomy/WeedSmart)
  • Weeds discussion - Led by Chris Baker (Baker Ag Advantage), Maurie Street (GOA), John Broster (CSU), Peter Boutsalis (Plant Science Consulting) and Greg Condon (Grassroots Agronomy/WeedSmart).
    • Ryegrass blowouts in 2020 - what needs to change?
    • Issues fitting pre-ems into farming systems with disc seeders and stubble.
  • Amelioration of hostile subsoils to improve crop productivity. Ehsan Tavakkoli (NSW DPI) & Peter Allen ("Carumbi")
    • Techniques
    • Impact on crop water use and yield
    • Soil water and crop physiological impacts.
  • Getting phenology right, what’s next? Project learnings from 2017-20, comparing wheat and barley responses and tactical agronomy to increase yield. Felicity Harris (NSW DPI)
  • Are there economic benefits in control of foliar fungal disease in canola crops in the low to medium rainfall zones of NSW? Maurie Street (GOA)

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

* As we will be operating under COVID-safe guidelines, registration is essential.  We may not be able to accept walk-ins on the day.

(Agenda subject to change)

West Wyalong Services & Citizens Club, 100 Monash St
West Wyalong
NSW 2671
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Erica McKay
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Cost (in AUD$): $30.00


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