GRDC & NSW DPI set to reignite the BBQ at AgQuip

Author: Sarah Jeffrey | Date: 06 Aug 2015

James Clark

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) will `turn up the heat’ on grains research during a barbeque breakfast at this month’s Commonwealth Bank AgQuip field days at Gunnedah.

New ascochyta blight control chemistry, a new tool for detecting Phytopthora root rot in chickpea, an update on the herbicide resistance status of problem weeds in the northern region, cereal disease management and a progressive sorghum agronomy research project will be among the topics discussed during presentations from some of Australia’s leading grains researchers.

The complimentary barbeque breakfast and coffee will be held on Wednesday August 19 at the GRDC’s site I/24 at 7:30am.

This is only the second time that GRDC and NSW DPI have joined forces to host a showcase at AgQuip – Australia’s largest and premiere agricultural field day event that attracts more than 3000 companies and in excess of 100,000 visitors over three days.

The impressive speaker line-up includes GRDC northern Panel chairman James Clark, NSW DPI Northern Leader Northern Dryland Cropping Systems, Loretta Serafin, NSW DPI’s cereal plant pathologist Dr Steven Simpfendorfer, senior plant pathologist Dr Kevin Moore, project officer Sean Bithell and technical specialist weeds Tony Cook.

Northern panel chair James Clark said the breakfast offered growers an opportunity to engage with researchers who are helping pioneer solutions to some of the region’s most challenging disease, weed and agronomic management challenges.

“Growers can directly benefit from keeping abreast of key industry research programs and outcomes,” he said.

“There’s an enormous amount of work being undertaken right across the farming system to address issues that pose a direct threat to crop yield, operational productivity and profitability such as herbicide resistance and crop disease.

“Even simple management changes can deliver major improvements to the operation of a farming operation and at the end of the day, mean more dollars in growers’ pockets.”

Breakfast guests must bring the invitation flyer with them to present at the entrance - centre Grid Gate 11 from 7:30am. A copy can be downloaded and printed from the GRDC events page.

Vehicles need to enter the grounds via Road Gate 1 on Blackjack Road - it is recommended to use the Quia Rd entry to Blackjack to gain access to the Western Carpark.

The GRDC will be onsite at I/24 for the duration of AgQuip and welcomes growers to drop in for coffee, to discuss any relevant issues or attain advice on the use of GRDC’s range of GrowNotes, apps or other extension initiatives.

Growers planning on attending the breakfast should RSVP by Friday August 14 to James Tolmie on 0439 991082 or Sharon O’Keeffe on 0409 279 328.

Caption: GRDC northern panel chair James Clark says the GRDC & NSW DPI AgQuip breakfast offers growers an opportunity to engage with researchers. 

Contact Details

For Interviews

James Clark, GRDC Northern Panel Chair
0427 545 212


Sarah Jeffrey, Senior Consultant, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827

Region North