Sale grains forum to equip growers for the months ahead

Author: | Date: 17 Aug 2011

Sale grains forum to equip growers for the months ahead

Key points:

• GRDC Grower Update to be held at Sale on August 26
• Focus on harvest management, cropping/livestock balance and other grain research developments

Gippsland grain growers will soon be provided with essential information, advice and resources to support them through the remainder of the crop growing season and the coming harvest.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), in conjunction with Southern Farming Systems, is hosting a research Update for growers in Sale on August 26.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Update will be an important forum for discussing and analysing cropping issues and for assisting growers in their endeavours to maximise potential from their enterprises.

“The GRDC research Updates are of enormous value to growers looking for practical advice on how to improve their farming systems and increase their environmental and economic sustainability,” Mr Shannon said.

“The Update in Sale will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will provide information and insights of relevance to growers in the region.”

In the wake of a sporadic and weather interrupted harvest, farm consultant Phil O’Callaghan will analyse the options available to improve harvest capacity.

On-farm storage aeration and drying options will be outlined by storage expert Peter Botta, of PCB Consulting, while integrating livestock and cropping in a high rainfall zone will be the subject of a presentation by Nuffield Scholar and Gippsland grain grower, Rowan Paulet.

Taming hostile subsoils with subsoil manuring will be the focus of an address by Renick Peries from DPI Victoria who will explain cutting-edge research and the production benefits expected.

Jeff McCormick from NSW DPI will provide advice about grazing canola and the whole-farm benefits that can be achieved from the practice, while understanding the weather impacts on spraying will be detailed by meteorologist Graeme Tepper, who will speak about the hidden hazard of inversions and how to avoid a major drift event.

A panel of local agronomists will discuss “getting the basics right” when it comes to nitrogen, diseases and weeds.

Following lunch, Update attendees are welcome to hear from Alistair Beyer from Bayer CropScience who will present on a new pre-emergent for control of annual ryegrass, toadrush, barley grass, annual phalaris, silver grass in wheat (not durum), barley and triticale.

Mr Shannon said he encouraged all growers in the region to take time out from their on-farm activities to attend the forum to learn of the latest in grains research and industry developments and for the opportunity to discuss issues of most importance to them.

The Update will be from 9am to 1pm (registration starts at 8.15am with lunch provided) at the Hacienda Motor Inn on the corner of Princes Hwy and Raymond St, Sale. Growers wishing to attend can now register for the Update online via

More information about the Updates is available by visiting or by phoning ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


Editor’s notes:

• For more information contact ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


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