Summer cropping spotlighted in CQ roadshow

Author: Sarah Jeffrey | Date: 06 Nov 2015

GRDC Manager Regional Grower Services, North Sharon O’Keeffe in a paddock.

Summer cropping options and opportunities will be put under the spotlight this month when the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) embarks on a four-day roadshow of Central Queensland.

The GRDC Summer Broadleaf Roadshow will bring together some of Queensland's leading oilseed, pulse and climate researchers and on-farm practitioners for an interactive and informal discussion on summer broadleaf options, the season outlook, and the new GRDC/Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Grower Solutions project.

Presenters include GRDC regional grower services manager Sharon O’Keeffe and DAF senior development extension officer Rodney Collins who will give an overview of the new GRDC/DAF grower solutions project and seek input from growers on local research needs and priorities.

Murray Sharman from DAF will discuss the TSV trial updates; newly appointed Pulse Australia northern industry development manager Paul McIntosh will cover sunflower preparation, planting and establishment while Nuseed’s Chris Haire will present on the Australian sunflower breeding program and imi-tolerant release.

The program also includes an update on mungbean best practice, research and trial updates by Gordon Cumming from Pulse Australia and DAF’s Doug Sands; Australian Mungbean Association (AMA) president Rob Anderson will discuss the AMA approved seed scheme and Dr David Coben from USQ will address the seasonal crop outlook and wheat yield reliability in Central Queensland.

Also in attendance will be respected USQ pathologist Sue Thompson and industry representatives such as Better Sunflowers Coordinator Liz Alexander, members of the Australian Sunflower Association, AMA, seed company representatives and grain merchants.

Roadshow events will be held on:

  • Tuesday November 17, Emerald Mayfair Tavern, 7.30am – 11.00am includes breakfast
  • Tuesday November 17, Kilcummin Hall, 3.00pm – 6.30pm includes barbeque
  • Wednesday November 18, Capella Cultural Centre, 7.30am – 11.00am includes breakfast
  • Wednesday November 18; Gindie Tennis Club, 3.30pm – 7.00pm includes barbeque
  • Thursday November 19, Settler’s Inn, Biloela, 3.30pm – 7.00pm includes dinner
  • Friday November 20: Hotel Theodore, 7.00am – 11.00am includes breakfast

While the workshops have a summer broadleaf focus, time has been allocated at the end of the program for discussion on any pulse or oilseed topics of interest (winter or summer) with the industry specialists. 

If there are particular local issues that growers or agronomists would like covered please email Liz Alexander.

For more information or to RSVP contact Rod Collins, DAF on email or 07 4992 9146. RSVPs are required by Tuesday November 10.

Contact Details 

For Interviews

Sharon O’Keeffe
GRDC Manager Regional Grower Services, North
0409 279 328


Sarah Jeffrey, Senior Consultant Cox Inall Communications
0418 152859

GRDC Project Code DAQ00170

Region North