GRDC Updates offer farm-ready research

Author: | Date: 12 Jan 2018

Grain growers and agronomists wanting to be on the front foot this season are invited to attend the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Queensland Grains Research Updates in March.

Being held in Goondiwindi and Allora, the Updates are an opportunity for growers and agronomists to keep up-to-date with seasonal advice and support and the latest research and development.

GRDC Senior Manager North, Jan Edwards said GRDC investment directions, innovation and research to guide on-farm decision making are key themes across the Queensland GRDC Research Updates.

She said on the theme of innovation, the keynote speaker at Goondiwindi, will be Martin Abell from Precision Decisions in the United Kingdom. Mr Abell will explain the ground-breaking ‘Hands-Free Hectare’ grain farming project. 

“This project aims to be the first in the world to farm exclusively with robots and involves using autonomous vehicles and drones to plant, manage and harvest a crop as part of a one year precision farming feasibility study,” Ms Edwards said.

Peter Hayman, a principal scientist in climate applications from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) will also be presenting the latest in frost management advice to growers at both the Goondiwindi and Allora Updates.

While well-known researcher, Mike Bell from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) will explain how a crop’s root development and architecture can impact nutrient uptake.

Other topics on the agenda for the two Queensland updates include the latest on canola diseases, chickpea management, global grain trends and new research from the University of New England (UNE) that could help growers set up farms for automation.

“The update programs are designed to bring the latest cutting-edge innovation and research outcomes from the GRDC extensive research, development and extension investments to growers and agronomists,” Ms Edwards said.

“They are a mix of ‘farm-ready’ research results that growers can apply directly to their farming operations, as well as unique perspectives about leading 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 information is locally relevant and ties in with seasonal conditions so I strongly recommend growers and agronomists attend.”

The 2018 GRDC Queensland Updates will be held at:

  • Goondiwindi – March 6 and 7
  • Allora – March 8

For more details go to the events page on the GRDC website.

Contact Details

Toni Somes, Cox Inall Communications
0427 878 387

Erica McKay, ICAN
02 9482 4930