GRDC panel to canvass SA grain research priorities

Author: | Date: 29 Aug 2011

GRDC spring panel tour

GRDC panel to canvass SA grain research priorities

South Australian grain growers’ research priorities will soon be canvassed by the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Southern Regional Panel.

Panel members will be travelling through the State during their annual spring tour of growers’ properties, research facilities and trial sites. They will also be meeting with farming systems groups, researchers and advisers.

The tour from Monday, September 5, to Friday, September 9, will provide panel members with critical insights into the research, development and extension needs and requirements of SA’s grain-growing community.

Panel chair David Shannon said the annual spring tour was one of the most important activities undertaken by the panel and would be of particular value to those new panel members who were recently appointed.

“During the tour we will meet with farming systems groups and grain growers in the field, which will provide panel members with an intimate understanding of local issues.

“This will allow us to future research priorities, and we will also be assessing first-hand the impact and relevance of GRDC-funded research and development in the regions.

“As the conduit for growers, it is important for the panel to be on the ground talking directly to grain producers so we can ensure future research is directed at making the biggest impact possible for them on-farm,” Mr Shannon said.

The tour of SA will begin with a visit to the GRDC-funded Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics in Adelaide and the University of Adelaide’s world-leading plant phenomics facility, The Plant Accelerator.

The touring party will then travel to the State’s west where panel members will meet with researchers, farming systems groups and growers in the Port Lincoln, Cummins, Wudinna, Minnipa, Ceduna and Streaky Bay areas.


Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel members (pictured during last year’s spring panel tour) are about to head out into the field to identify research priorities.

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