International spray expert to address Corowa grains forum

Date: 07 Feb 2012

International spray expert to address Corowa grains forum

An international agricultural spraying expert will address southern New South Wales and northeast Victorian grain growers next month when they converge on Corowa to explore the options available to them as they adapt to changing market, environmental and agronomic conditions.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) research Update for growers on Thursday, March 1, will feature a presentation by 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.

He will be among a line-up of industry experts who will provide advice and support to local growers preparing for the 2012 cropping season and beyond.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the program for the Update at the Corowa RSL Club has been specifically designed for local grain growers.

“The GRDC and Update organisers have worked closely with local farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc to select the topics of most relevance to growers in this region and to source the industry authorities to address these issues,” Mr Shannon said.

The Update at the Corowa RSL Club will also feature an address by Western Australian grower Doug Smith who will discuss his experiences on managing volatility, risk and herbicide effectiveness in southern WA.

Robert Patterson from Rural Management Strategies at Cootamundra will present his thoughts on the viability of intensive farming systems, while the latest tactics for managing the weed fleabane will be explained by DPI NSW’s Hanwen Wu.

New weapons against the “old enemy” cereal disease, rhizoctonia, will be outlined by Alan McKay from the South Australian Research and Development Institute, and Andrew Milgate and Kurt Lindbeck from DPI NSW will provide growers with advice on other cereal and canola diseases that could pose a risk in 2012.

The GRDC’s New Farm Products and Services program manager, Paul Meibusch, will detail research projects and their likely impact on crop yield and quality, while improving water use efficiency will be the subject of a presentation by Adam Inchbold from Riverine Plains Inc.

A detailed program for the Update (to run from 9.00am to 3.00pm with lunch provided) can be obtained by visiting www.grdc.com.au/updatedates or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au

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