Crop Nutrition on the road
Author: Ellen McNamara | Date: 20 Jul 2016
Grain growers eager to learn more about nutrient management on farm are invited to attend the More Profit from Crop Nutrition roadshow, being held at different locations through the northern region during July and August.
Presented by the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) More Profit from Crop Nutrition (MPCN) project in partnership with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), the roadshow will bring together industry experts, successful farmers and local advisors to look in depth at the balance between soil nutrient balance and crop profitability.
Queensland DAF researcher and project leader Dr Kaara Klepper said the roadshow workshops will provide opportunity for interaction and great discussion between grain growers and researchers conducting soil and plant nutrition.
“There are so many elements to nutrition, be it soil testing and understanding soil nutrient values and trace elements, nitrogen budgeting, nitrogen use efficiency and mineralisation, P and K stratification and soil nutrient pools," Dr Klepper said.
“This series of workshops are really an opportunity to hear some of the top line and effective research in this area, chat amongst other farmers and advisors and build on growers existing understandings.”
Crop nutrition can improve the return on investment from fertiliser inputs by improving the nutrient use efficiency of crops, improving the capacity of soils to supply nutrients, reducing the soil’s propensity to lose or lock-up nutrients and develop improved fertiliser product formulation and design including the use of potentially valuable low cost and waste inputs.
Fertiliser applications are the largest single variable expense for grain growers producing a crop but nutrition (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and micronutrients), is a major determinant of profit.
“These workshops are a great chance to discuss how to balance the two, with relevant research contextualised for the local environment, explored and discussed,” Dr Klepper said.
The Roadshow will travel to Moree on 26 July, Walgett 27 July, Narromine 28 July, Parkes 29 July, Griffith 9 August, Cootamundra 10 August and Mulwala 11 August.
For all details on the workshops go to the events page on the GRDC website or contact Dr Kaara Klepper on 13 25 23.
Mark Hodder, DAF media manager
13 25 23
Ellen McNamara, Senior Consultant Cox Inall Communications
0429 897 129
GRDC Project Code DAQ00183