Top class speakers for GRDC winter Updates

Date: 05 Jun 2013

A top class line-up of grains industry specialists will impart knowledge and challenge grain growers and agronomists at the winter round of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Updates.

Six GRDC Updates are scheduled, including: Community Centre, Inglestone Queensland on Tuesday, 16 July; Royal Hotel, Goondiwindi, Qld on Wednesday, 17 July; Community & Technology Centre, Pittsworth, Qld on Thursday, 18 July; Community Hall, Rowena, NSW on Tuesday, 23 July; Memorial Hall, Bellata, NSW on Wednesday, 24 July; and RSL, Quirindi, NSW on Thursday 25 July.

James Clark, GRDC northern panel chair says local growers and agronomists have helped shape the agendas for each Update and the topics include new and vital information from GRDC-funded research projects.

Key issues include nitrogen nutrition and decision making for summer crops and post-tillering cereals.

The Inglestone event features:

  • Richard Daniel, Northern Grower Alliance and Kirsty Owen, DAFFQ: Summer crop decisions and root lesion nematode.
  • Steve Simpfendorfer, NSW DPI: Crown-rot management, crop sequencing and row placement.
  • David Lawrence, DAFFQ: Organic matter - what's it worth to crop production? Profitable pastures in crop rotations.
  • Chris Dowling, Back Paddock Company: Have we got the foundation of nitrogen nutrition right?
  • Professor Peter Grace, Queensland University of Technology: Nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Bill Gordon: Night spraying and inversions; self-propelled sprayers nozzles.

The Goondiwindi event features:
  • Professor Peter Grace, QUT: Nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Chris Dowling, Back Paddock Company: Have we got the foundation of N nutrition right?
  • Guy McMullen and Loretta Serafin, NSW DPI: Sorghum agronomy for profit in the western zone.
  • Matt Gardner, NSW DPI:  Yield and gross margin impacts of sorghum nutrition and nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Nancy Schellhorn, CSIRO: Landscape and weed influence on pest and beneficial insect populations and their management.
  • Hugh Brier, DAFFQ: Summer pulses and pest management.
  • Richard Daniel, NGA: Weeds and resistance.

The Pittsworth event features:
  • Bill Gordon: Night spraying and inversions; self-propelled sprayers; and nozzles.
  • Jeff Sabburg, BOM: Seasonal climate outlook improvements.
  • David Lawrence, DAFFQ: Organic matter - what's it worth to crop production and what practices encourage/discourage it?
  • Mike Bell, QAAFI: Nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Hugh Brier, DAFF: Summer pulses and pest management.
  • Richard Daniel, NGA: Weeds and resistance.
  • Philip Burrill, DAFFQ: New developments in grain storage.

The Rowena event features:
  • Aaron Coutts-Smith, BOM: Seasonal climate outlook improvements.
  • Graeme Schwenke, NSW DPI: Nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Chris Dowling, Back Paddock Company: Have we got the foundation of nitrogen nutrition right?
  • Matt Gardner, NSW DPI: Nitrogen use efficiency in western regions; rates, timings, varieties: optimising bang for buck in nitrogen nutrition.
  • Guy McMullen and Loretta Serafin, NSW DPI: Sorghum agronomy for profit in the western zone.
  • Jeremy Whish, CSIRO: Summer crop sowing decisions and risk management in western NSW.
  • Panel session: Crop risk and summer crop sowing decisions - how much soil water is enough?

The Bellata event features:
  • Chris Dowling, Back Paddock Company: Have we got the foundation of N nutrition right?
  • Graeme Schwenke, NSW DPI: Nitrogen use efficiency
  • Matt Gardner, NSW DPI: Nitrogen use efficiency; rates, timings, varieties.
  • Guy McMullen and Loretta Serafin, NSW DPI: Sorghum agronomy for profit in the western zone.
  • Andrew Verrell, NSW DPI: Impacts of sorghum row configuration on crown rot.
  • Richard Daniel, NGA and Kirsty Owen, DAFFQ: Summer crop decisions and root lesion nematode.
  • Aaron Coutts-Smith, BOM: Seasonal climate outlook improvements.

The Quirindi event features:
  • Richard Daniel, NGA: Weeds and resistance.
  • Nancy Schellhorn, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences: Landscape and weed influence on pest and beneficial insect populations and their management.
  • Col Douglas, DAFFQ: A new mungbean variety: grain quality, agronomy and management.
  • Natalie Moore, NSW DPI: Soybeans: What is the fit on the Liverpool Plains?
  • Hugh Brier, DAFFQ: Summer pulses and pest management.
  • Guy McMullen and Loretta Serafin, NSW DPI: Sorghum and sunflower production under irrigation.
  • Graeme Schwenke, NSW DPI: Nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Matt Gardner, NSW DPI: Yield and economic impacts of sorghum nutrition and nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Graeme Schwenke, NSW DPI: Organic matter - what's it worth to crop production and what practices encourage/discourage it?  
For more information on GRDC-funded research and Updates, visit www.grdc.com.au.

ENDS

Contact Details

For Interviews

James Clark
GRDC Northern Panel Chair
0427 545 212

Contact

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

GRDC Project Code ICN00014

Region North, South, West