NSW Updates focus on weeds and nitrogen

Author: Rachel Bowman | Date: 31 Jan 2013

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World-leading expert on herbicide resistance Dale Shaner is one of the highlight speakers at this year’s round of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Updates in northern New South Wales.

From the United States Department of Agriculture, Dr Shaner will cover his work on the breakdown of triazines and herbicide binding on stubble at the Adviser Update at Coonabarabran.

He’ll also be on hand at an innovative field walk being run in the afternoon session at the Narromine Grower Update.  Local advisers have planned an inspection of seedbank capture and windrow burning sites; these will provide an ideal backdrop for growers to discuss a range of weed management issues with local advisers, weeds specialists, Dr Shaner and west Australian weeds expert Peter Newman.

Updates focus on issues impacting on profitability for the coming season, which this year include the economics of nitrogen management and risk. This follows some unexpected and costly protein results in 2012, when many growers experienced a range of unexpected outcomes related to nitrogen nutrition.  

GRDC northern panel chairman James Clark said five Updates were being held in northern NSW and southern Queensland during February and March that would bring growers and advisers together with researchers.

“The Updates are a chance for growers and advisers to tap into the latest research, liaise with our expert local and international guest speakers and become better informed on ways to boost productivity on farm in a more sustainable manner.”

The Coonabarabran Adviser Update Knowledge for sustainable and profitable farming systems is being held 26 & 27 February at the Coonabarabran Town Hall.

The program also includes:

  • Spray application research and practice in the USA and Australia
  • Farming systems in Argentina and Germany – how does Australia compare?
  •  Using data for better decision making - apps, cloud based systems, storing, accessing and using data
  • Key issues from the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge Conference
  • Concurrent sessions on
    • Weeds
    • Diseases
    • Nutrition
    • High yield cropping and innovation
    • Grain and graze
    • Canola and chickpeas

The Gulargambone Grower Update is being held 25 February at “2828”, 28 Bourbah Street.

The program also includes:

  • Using data for better decision making - apps, cloud based systems, storing, accessing and using data
  • Improving canola profit in Central and Northern NSW
  • Cereal diseases and better use of fungicides
  • Chickpeas in 2013 - varietal performance, pests and diseases, time of sowing trials, salinity effects
  • Crown-rot data and tolerance levels in new varieties
  • Regional experience with windrow burning, the Harrington Seed Destructor and chaff carts.

The Narromine Grower Update is being held 28 February at the Narromine Aero Club.

The program also includes:

  • Chickpeas in 2013 - varietal performance, pests and diseases, time of sowing trials, salinity effects
  • Improving canola profit in Central NSW
  • Cereal diseases and better use of fungicides
  • Crown-rot data and tolerance levels in new varieties

For further information about the Updates contact John Cameron or Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930 or northernupdates@icanrural.com.au. Full programs and an online registration form are available at www.icanrural.com.au

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John Cameron, ICAN P/L
02 9482 4930

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