Top of the crop - Coonabarabran presents latest research

Author: Ellen McNamara | Date: 20 Jan 2016

This year’s Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) two-day Grains Research Update at Coonabarabran and one-day Updates at Walgett and Nyngan will delve into the topic of soil water efficiency - how to measure and utilise it to make profitable management decisions.

GRDC grower services manager, north, Sharon O’Keeffe said northern growers relied heavily on stored soil water, yet sometimes struggle with how best to measure it.

“Stored soil water is critical for yield, for decisions on crop resourcing such as nitrogen budgeting and for yield stability, particularly in lower or variable rainfall areas,” she said.

“In higher rainfall areas, particularly in the southern part of NSW, there is also a significant nitrogen benefit from good in fallow weed management, so increased levels of water storage at sowing and the ability to efficiently measure it can better guide decisions especially relating to nitrogen.

“The northern region update is focused strongly on research which is both new and ready for integration into farm systems, and will really unpack some of the best tools for managing and measuring stored soil water.”

In addition to the strong focus on soil water there will be widely reported a range of regional agronomic research trials focusing on Variety Specific Agronomy Packages, profitable pulses, disease, insect and weed management, as well as topics such as managing data in grain production systems. Included at Coonabarabran, will be results from a multi-year national study of herbicide breakdown and persistence in soil.

Updates provide growers and advisors with a unique opportunity to interact with leading industry professionals and learn how GRDC-funded research programs are helping tackle some of the north’s most pressing production challenges.

“The GRDC Updates are effectively a three-way conversation between northern growers, advisors and researchers,” Ms O’Keeffe said.

“Growers and advisors gain an insight into the scope, progress and results of some of the GRDC’s major research investments while for research partners, the Updates provide an invaluable touch-point with industry which ensures the research work remains practical, meaningful and well-targeted.”

The programs will also incorporate presentations on nitrogen management and losses, rust management, cereal and pulse agronomy, the GRDC frost initiative, weed management and herbicide resistance updates, pest management, opportunities for dual purpose crops and root lesion nematode management.

Updates will be held at Coonabarabran on February 23-24, Walgett on February 25, Nyngan on February 26.

Event details are available on the GRDC website.

For more information or to register for the Coonabarabran, Walgett or Nyngan, events, contact John Cameron or Erica McKay, ICAN, on 02 9482 4930, email or visit the website.

Contact Details 

For Interviews

Sharon O’Keeffe
0409 279328


Ellen McNamara, Cox Inall Communications
0429 897 129

GRDC Project Code ICN00021

Region North