GRDC gets out in the paddock with northern growers
Participants were given a first-hand insight into ground breaking GRDC-funded trials that will help pave the way for improved crop productivity, agronomic practices and farm profitability across the northern grain belt.
The tour encompassed two separate groups of GRDC northern panel members, GRDC board members and staff – one touring the northern rivers region of New South Wales, Toowoomba, Gatton and Kingaroy while the other group travelled from Emerald to Moura and Biloela.
On the itinerary were GRDC-funded trials into new crop germplasm, agronomic practices and soil and crop nutrition being conducted at the University of Queensland (UQ) Gatton campus by UQ, CSIRO and Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI); meetings at Kingaroy with members of the Coastal Grower Solution group and GRDC-funded PhD students studying peanutbreeding, soil and leaf disease screening; and farm visits in the Casino district to learn about the region’s research focus and trials progress.
Consultation was a major focus of the tour and the GRDC representatives met with a number of growers, agronomists, consultants and researchers to gain feedback on current trials, research gaps and future research and development priorities.
Sarah Jeffrey, Senior Consultant Cox Inall Communications