Improving farm returns focus of GRDC update in Wagga
Author: Toni Somes | Date: 31 Jul 2018
The economics of combining livestock and cropping, along with management strategies for retained stubble systems, maximising return in low rainfall seasons and practical tips for dealing with stress will be some of the key topics at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update in Wagga Wagga on August 8.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager North Susan McDonnell said the topics were designed to give growers and their advisers practical, relevant information to help lift on-farm profitability.
“We are committed to delivering information through these Farm Business Updates that has real application for growers and makes a valuable difference in terms of financial and business management,” she said.
“This year we have also given consideration to the tough season being faced by many in the grains sector and included information on stress management, as well as tactics for storing every drop of available moisture.
“So I would encourage growers and agronomists and others involved in the industry to come along and hear from regional and national experts in a setting that encourages engagement and feedback.”
Key topics on the agenda at next week’s update include:
- Stubble management - Reaping returns to the bottom line. This long-term GRDC Stubble initiative project has identified specific management strategies that can be beneficial to maximise financial returns while reducing herbicide resistant weeds. (Tony Swan, CSIRO and John Stevenson, Farm Manager, Warakirri Ag Trusts)
- Investigating disc seeding, including the stripper front systems: Operating at the efficiency threshold is challenging, growers are pushing to create more resilient systems that rely less on rainfall timing and more on storing every drop of available moisture. Includes findings from paddock trials, practical application and financial analysis. (John Francis, Holmes Sackett, Greg Condon, Grassroots Agronomy along with Brendan Pattison, Takoda Farming)
- Dual purpose cereal varieties – improving livestock returns without impacting crop yield. Studies by NSW DPI have shown that selecting the right species and cultivar can significantly increase overall production of the grazed crops in a mixed farming system. We investigate what economic returns are possible when adopting dual purpose cereal crops? (Peter Matthews, NSW DPI and Cam Nicholson, Nicon Rural Services
- Dealing with and managing stress. (Amelia Cotterill, National Centre for Farmer Health)
What: GRDC Farm Business Update
When: Wednesday, August 8 (9.30am-4pm)
Where: Rules Club Wagga, 188 Fernleigh Rd, Wagga Wagga
Matt McCarthy, ORM
03 5441 6176
Toni Somes, GRDC
0427 878 376
GRDC Project code: ORM00015
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