Growers shape successful GRDC Updates

Grower John Nixon discusses weed management with Dale Shaner, US herbicide researcher and Mark Congreve, ICAN

by James Clark, GRDC Northern Panel Chair

This year’s round of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Updates in central and northern NSW and southern Queensland have been some of the best yet.

Changes to format and content have worked well but the credit goes to the local agenda committees. 

They’ve done a great job in getting the right issues for each region on the agenda right across the northern grains region north of Dubbo, NSW.

Some of the major issues are still in weed management, nutrition and soils and these are the key lines of work that GRDC is working in but we are also seeing the new research extended to growers from other projects.

We’ve had excellent feedback from the attendees this year – that’s the real measure of success – and again that highlights the value of the local agenda committees.

Sharon O’Keeffe, GRDC manager grower services north, Maurie Street, Grains Orana Alliance chief executive officer and Richard Quigley

Key messages coming out of the Updates for growers leading into this year’s winter crop have certainly been the need for clean fallows for upcoming wheat crops and nutrition.

After the last couple of high yielding seasons growers have seen noticeably poor protein results so it’s really about getting on the front foot and being prepared for 2013. 

Five Updates were held in northern NSW and southern Queensland during February and March to link growers and advisers with researchers.

Speakers at the Goondiwindi Update included world-leading expert on herbicide resistance, Dale Shaner, who was in Australia for the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge in WA.

Dr Shaner covered his work on the breakdown of triazines and herbicide binding on stubble.

The Goondiwindi program also included:

  • Innovation in the grains industry – infra-red soil tests, biopesticides and next generation remote sensing
  • Yellow leaf spot and stripe rust – spray timing, diagnosis and trial outcomes
  • Concurrent sessions on
    • Weeds
    • Nutrition
    • Canola and chickpeas
    • Soil water and tillage
    • Cereal agronomy and PGRs
    • Dirty rotten diseases and nematodes
    • Tools to measure soil water (demonstration)
    • Yield Prophet (hands on workshop)
Peter Newman, AHRI communications leader, WA and Will Martel, GRDC

Peter Newman, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) communications leader was a key speaker at the Narromine Update and outlined the value of harvest weed seed control in combatting herbicide resistance.

The Coonabarabran Adviser Update brought consultants and researchers together in a new venue and the Dalby Grower Update remains a key date on the autumn cropping calendar on the Darling Downs.

The Gulgargambone Grower Update reflected many of the topics also covered at Narromine, including:

  • 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.

For more information on GRDC research priorities and how to have input into GRDC northern panel decisions, contact James Clark on 0427 545 212.

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VIDEO CAPTION: James Clark, GRDC Northern Panel Chair discusses the successful 2013 northern region GRDC Updates

PHOTO CAPTION: Grower John Nixon discusses weed management with Dale Shaner, US herbicide researcher and Mark Congreve, ICAN at the GRDC Update, Goondiwindi.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sharon O’Keeffe, GRDC manager grower services north, Maurie Street, Grains Orana Alliance chief executive officer and Richard Quigley, “Mumtham”, Trangie at the GRDC Narromine Update.

PHOTO CAPTION: Peter Newman, AHRI communications leader, WA and Will Martel, GRDC northern panellist at the GRDC Narromine Update.

For interviews:

James Clark, GRDC Northern Panel Chair
0427 545 212

Rachel Bowman, Cox Inall Communications
(07) 3846 4380
0412 290 673
rachelb@coxinall.com.au

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