Farm-ready research at Pittsworth grains update

Author: | Date: 05 Jun 2018

The latest farm-ready, leading edge research for Darling Downs grain growers will be the focus of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Update in Pittsworth next month.

The GRDC Grains Research Update will be held on July 26 with the latest in innovative weed control one of the key topics. This presentation by Mike Walsh from the University of Sydney will include information on lasers, robotics, microwaves and precision tillage.

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DAF researcher David Lester will present the latest trial data and on-farm financial benefits from Deep P trials across the Darling Downs at the GRDC Grains Research Update in Pittsworth on July 26.

Lindsay Bell from the CSIRO will explain to growers and agrononomists the findings from Darling Downs-based research on the impact of different summer crops on soil water extraction and fallow efficiency.

While sequencing cotton in dryland farming systems and how to get in and out of dryland cotton will be the focus of a presentation by Jon Baird from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

Trevor Philp from Pacific Seeds will talk about sorghum row spacing and yield stability in hard finishing seasons and explain lodging and why some crops fall over and what growers can do to prevent it.

Early sowing dates for sorghum and maize, including the latest research on how early you can plant, and hybrid tolerance to cold and sowing depth will be explored by Daniel Rodriguez from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).

While well-known entomologist Melina Miles from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) will explain the new helicoverpa resistance management strategy and why it is has been developed, what it means and how it will work.

Growers and agronomists interested in soil nutrition should sit in on a presentation by David Lester from DAF showcasing the economic benefits for farming operations involved in deep phosphorus trials across the Dalby, Goondiwindi and Roma regions.

Whilegrain grower Mike Smith from “Tarnee” south of Moree will share his experiences generating and using field data to improve profits on-farm and explain the reasons for yield variation and how he has adapted his management in response.

This GRDC Grains Research Update will be held at the Pittsworth Function Centre on July 26 from 8.30am to 3pm. For more information or to register please contact Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930 or email

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