New tech at Jondaryan GRDC Updates

Author: | Date: 13 Jul 2017

Grain growers in the Darling Downs of Queensland will be offered insights into new technologies as part of the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) Update in Jondaryan this month, with the launch of a new online tool.

The annual one-day update is being held at the Jondaryan Woolshed on Wednesday 19 July.

Growers attending will be the first to learn about a new online tool to compare cropping strategies for profit and risk, which is being launched at the Update by Keith Pembleton from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

The tool can integrate weather forecasts, analyse gross margins, predict yield, estimate frost & temperature risk, water availability and other outcomes.

Lindsay Bell from CSIRO will look specifically at farming systems in the Darling Downs, including nematodes, crop sequencing and break crop effects, and water and nitrogen use efficiency.

Lisa Kelly from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Adam Sparks from USQ will provide a mungbean and sorghum disease update, including Phytoplasma outbreaks on the Downs, mungbean powdery mildew, fusarium wilt in mungbeans, sorghum stalk rots and fusarium inoculum carryover.

Other topics on the Update’s agenda include: the latest on Rutherglen bug, chickpeas and header fires, autonomous tractors and buying new silos.

GRDC Senior Regional Manager North Jan Edwards said the annual Updates were designed to provide growers with practical, relevant information in response to ongoing and emerging on-farm challenges.

“The GRDC is committed to providing growers and their advisers with best practice advice that enhances productivity, and offers efficient, cost effective guides for the use of inputs, as well as management and control of weed, disease and pest issues,” she said.

The Jondaryan Update will be at the Jondaryan Woolshed on Wednesday July 19. Registration is at 8:30 for a 9am start. The cost is $30pp ($20 for subsequent people from the same farm) and registration is advised to ensure catering. More details are available via the Jondaryan Update even page or by calling John Cameron or Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930.

For a full program or to register online go to the Jondaryan Update event page.

Contact Details

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John Cameron, ICAN
02 9482 4930


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