Farm-ready research on offer at GRDC updates

Author: | Date: 10 Jan 2018

Growers and agronomists wanting to be on the front foot in 2018 are invited to attend the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) New South Wales Grains Research Updates early in 2018.

Being held in Wagga, Corowa, Dubbo, Wee Waa, Breeza, The Rock and Condobolin in February and March, the Updates are a chance for growers and agronomists to stay informed with seasonal advice and support.

GRDC Senior Manager North, Jan Edwards said GRDC investment directions, innovation and research to guide on-farm decision making are key themes across this year’s Updates.

She said on the theme of innovation, David Lamb from the University of New England (UNE) Smart Farm will be presenting on experiences gained across a range of automation technology uses on-farm.

“This includes the use of sensors, telemetry, data capture and management, all of which are hot topics. To have David Lamb talk specifically about lived experience and relevant research in this area will provide growers and agronomists with great insight into what does works,” she said.

“Other field based insight will come from Colin McMaster, who will delve into a survey of 90 commercial canola paddocks in Central NSW and precision seeding trials to discuss how growers established seeding equipment, and what worked in terms of seed placement and crop establishment.”

Additional sessions will feature Peter Hayman talking about understanding and managing frost risk, the CSIRO’s John Kirkegaard on key farming system decision points, canola diseases updates and chickpea management.

“The update programs are developed to bring growers the latest cutting-edge innovation and research outcomes from the GRDC extensive RD&E investments,” Ms Edwards said.

“They are a mix of ‘farm-ready’ research results that growers can apply directly to their farming operations, as well as perspectives on trends in grain production and agriculture provided by Australian and international speakers.

“These programs are developed in consultation with local farming groups and agronomists so the information is locally relevant and ties in with seasonal conditions and I strongly recommend growers and agronomists attend.”

The Updates in southern New South Wales are co-ordinated and facilitated by agricultural consulting company ORM Pty Ltd and in Central/Northern New South Wales and Queensland, by Independent Consultants Australian Network (ICAN).

The 2018 GRDC NSW Updates will be held at:

  • Wagga Wagga, NSW – February 13 and 14
  • Corowa, NSW – February 15
  • Dubbo, NSW – February 27 and 28
  • Wee Waa, NSW – March 1
  • Breeza, NSW – March 2
  • Goondiwindi, Qld – March 6 and 7
  • The Rock, NSW – March 15
  • Condobolin, NSW (Farm Business Update) – March 22

For more details go to the event's page on the GRDC website.

Contact Details

Toni Somes, Cox Inall Communications
0427 878 387

Erica McKay, ICAN
02 9482 4930

Matt McCarthy, ORM
0407 344 264