Forum to focus on flexible farming systems for southern NSW

Author: | Date: 31 Jan 2012

Forum to focus on flexible farming systems for southern NSW

Key points:

• GRDC Grains Research Adviser Update in Narrandera on February 28-29
• Focus on flexible farming systems – exploring the options

Southern New South Wales grains industry professionals will gather in Narrandera next month to learn how they can assist growers in establishing greater flexibility within their farming systems.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host a two-day industry forum featuring expert speakers from throughout Australia and around the globe who will present information and advice on the options available to growers as they strive for increased productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Designed for industry advisers, consultants, researchers and growers, the annual GRDC Adviser Update is an important and influential event for the southern NSW grains industry, according to GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon.

“To remain relevant, grain growers must ensure their farming systems offer flexibility so they can be responsive to change,” Mr Shannon said.

“Being locked into the one farming formula is no longer a sound practice as grain growers these days are constantly presented with seasonal and market vagaries and agronomic challenges that need to be accommodated with minimal impact on the farm business.”

Mr Shannon said the Narrandera Update on February 28-29 would equip grains industry professionals with the knowledge and resources required to assist their grain-growing clients this coming season and beyond.

“The Update will bring together leading authorities from the research, marketing and consulting sectors who will provide valuable insights into the latest thinking and best practice to enable grain growers to farm with confidence.”

Among the keynote speakers at the forum will be Jim Orson from the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) in the United Kingdom. The NIAB special adviser in crops and agronomy will speak about the future of farm chemicals in a changing regulatory environment, drawing on contrasts and comparisons from the UK.

The Update at the Narrandera Ex Services Club will also feature a presentation from Andrew Storrie of Agronomo Consulting in Western Australia who will convey learnings from the west on sustaining herbicide effectiveness through an integrated approach. WA grower Doug Smith will add to the topic, providing a practical on-farm account of his experiences.

Robert Patterson from Rural Management Strategies will present his thoughts on the viability of intensive farming systems, while the factors affecting national and global grain markets will be outlined by marketing experts.

The National Research, Development and Extension program and new GRDC initiatives will be detailed, as will water use monitoring and crop management through modelling.

Other topics to be discussed and analysed include the latest in digital technology aids and new and novel solutions for the cropping sector, the outlook for pests such as mice, cereal and canola diseases, yield and protein considerations and emerging GRDC-funded research.

Also to be canvassed are problematic weeds, local herbicide resistance data, trace elements, crop sequencing and varying crop row spacing, surface temperature inversions, fertiliser decision-making and new weapons against cereal diseases such as rhizoctonia.

A detailed program for the Update can be obtained by visiting or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


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