Advisers go back to school

Author: Rachel Bowman | Date: 06 Jun 2013

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The region’s grains advisers will go back to school in August at insect pest workshops supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

The one-day workshop is a new initiative and aims to help advisers explore more effective and sustainable strategies for managing insect pests in summer and winter grain crops.

Presenters include Melina Miles, Hugh Brier and Kate Charleston, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Queensland (DAFFQ).

Dow AgroSciences and Syngenta have provided additional support for the workshops which will take place at Dalby, Queensland on 13 August and Moree, NSW on 15 August.

Topics include:

  • refreshing knowledge of pest and beneficial insect identification;
  • how to incorporate information on paddock history and seasonal conditions into crop monitoring and management decisions;
  • pest behaviour and ecology and how to use this knowledge to reduce the likelihood of pest outbreaks and optimise crop monitoring;
  • the role of beneficial insects, and other non-chemical management options;
  • the impact of pesticides and potential benefits of less broad-spectrum alternatives; and
  • ‘best bet’ strategies for key crops of the region.

For more information, contact ICAN on 02 9482 4930 or via

GRDC Project Code DAQ00179

Region North