Regional research focus at Gunnedah Update
Author: Toni Somes | Date: 09 Jul 2018
Bridging the yield gap on the Liverpool Plains, innovative technology for weed control and new data from regional farming trials will be on the agenda at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Update in Gunnedah this month.
The Grains Research Update will be held in Gunnedah on July 24 and is designed to deliver cutting edge, paddock-ready research back to growers.
Topics include a session on bridging the yield gap and how Liverpool Plains’ growers are performing. Researcher Zvi Hochman from CSIRO will also discuss how growers can identify areas to capture lost yield and profit.
Growers will also hear from NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) researchers Andrew Verrell and Jon Baird about the latest farming systems trials at Narrabri and Spring Ridge. This will include information on gross margins and economic return per millimetre of water from different systems, as well as tactics for sequencing cotton in dryland production systems.
Other research on the agenda includes:
- The impact of different summer crops on soil water extraction and subsequent fallow efficiency. Lindsay Bell, CSIRO
- New sorghum agronomy - pushing cold soil temperature at sowing, seed size and sowing depth impacts on emergence. Loretta Serafin, NSW DPI
- The latest Helicoverpa resistance management strategy – why; what’s in it; how will it work? Plus an update on current Rutherglen bug research. Melina Miles, Qld DAF.
- What does the future of weed control look like? Investigate the latest in lasers robotics, microwaves and precision tillage. Mike Walsh, University of Sydney.
- How irrigation water quality can impact soil; what constitutes poor quality; what can be managed and when is it better not to irrigate at all. Chris Guppy, UNE
- Methods to predict plant available water capacity (PAWC) using soil-landscape associations. Kirsten Verburg, CSIRO
- Testing strategies for phosphorus and potassium, the effect of flooding on fertilisers and the effect of rhizosphere acidification on mobility. Chris Guppy, UNE
GRDC Grower Relations Manager North Richard Holzknecht said this round of GRDC Grains Research Updates had the theme of ‘Driving Profit Through Research’ and were designed to deliver practical, farm-ready information to growers and advisors to help guide decision making.
“These updates are about providing growers with the latest and most relevant, innovative research information for their farming business,” Mr Holzknecht said.
“They offer a broad range of topics from the new insights into yield gaps, to the latest innovation in weed control as well as tips for optimising the farming system, all of which help to make smarter on-farm decisions.
“Ultimately these workshops are about delivering information back to growers that reflects their research needs and priorities and helps create enduring profitability for their operations so I strongly encourage them to head along.”
The Gunnedah GRDC Grains Research Update will be held at the Gunnedah Shire Band Hall on July 24 from 8.30am to 3pm.
Toni Somes, Cox Inall Communications
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