A look into the future for growers of irrigated crops

Author: | Date: 19 Jul 2012

Future directions for grain growers in the Victorian-New South Wales border irrigation regions will be explored at a special grains research forum next month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host a grains research Update at Moama where growers will gather to learn about developments in irrigated cropping research and practices that can have a positive impact on-farm.

The Update will be on Thursday, August 2, at the Moama Bowling Club, where a line-up of expert speakers from throughout Australia will address growers on subjects and issues of most relevance and importance to them.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Update will offer growers a comprehensive program delivering valuable information on all aspects of their production systems.

“The day will begin with a presentation by Steve Powell from Market Check on developing marketing plans geared to irrigated crops,” Mr Shannon said.

“Maximising canola yields will be discussed by Damian Jones from DPI NSW, while the dos and don’ts of double cropping in soy will be outlined by Rob Fisher from Agronomic Results.”

Handling big stubble loads – an issue for growers in recent seasons – will be a subject tackled by Greg Brooke of DPI NSW.

Advice on how to achieve critical coverage with in-crop spraying will be provided by spray consultant Bill Gordon who will offer tips on best practice spray technology and management, while Tony Cogswell of Lachlan Commodities will offer information on marketing and managing maize crops.

“Hanwen Wu from DPI NSW will provide some insights into the increasing problem of windmill grass and fleabane weed, and Geoff Raymond from Nufarm will look at the herbicide options available for control of these weeds,” Mr Shannon said.

“Other topics will include the pros and cons of growing cotton in southern NSW, forage brassicas as a new irrigated grazing option, pasture renovation, and a flour miller’s perspective on milling wheats.”

Mr Shannon encouraged local grain growers to set aside the day to attend the Update which is supported by the Irrigated Cropping Council.

“The programs developed for the Update have involved considerable collaboration with local farmer representatives to ensure the topics are timely and regionally relevant and that the speakers selected are authorities on each of those issues,” he said.

The Update will run from 8:45am to 4pm. Registration begins at 8.15am and lunch will be provided.

More information about the Updates can be obtained by visiting www.orm.com.au or www.grdc.com.au/updatedates, or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.


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