Summer crop focus for growers at Pittsworth GRDC update

Author: | Date: 30 Jul 2018

More than 170 grain growers and advisers from across the Darling Downs attended the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Update in Pittsworth last week keen to hear the latest research into summer crop agronomy and crop choices.

While a tough season has limited winter crop planting across much of the region, growers remained relatively upbeat about the outlook with many now shifting their focus to the season ahead.

Image of Marcia Smith, Meg Kummerow and Alison Coleman
Agronomist Marcia Smith, Anka One, Toowoomba, caught up with grain grower Meg Kummerow, “Bonwin”, Norwin, and Alison Coleman, “Mount Moriah”, Jondaryan at the Pittsworth, GRDC Update.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager Susan McDonnell said the large crowd reflected the interest, investment and commitment growers had in staying informed and up-to-date.

“It has been a tough season and many people don’t have winter crop in the ground, so essentially this made it easier for them to spend time off-farm attending the GRDC Updates,” she said.

“But growers also emphasised how much they appreciated the opportunity to hear directly from researchers about new developments and data that has practical application on farm and could deliver profit gains.”

She said the Queensland Update had been designed to deliver farm-ready information to growers that was relevant given the current seasonal conditions and the expected increase in summer crop planting if it rains.

Popular topics included: Using new technology to control weeds; crop sequences in dryland farming systems; sorghum row spacing, yield stability and key agronomy tactics; mungbean agronomy, and key decisions for profit in the coming season.

Access high res copies of social photos from the GRDC Pittsworth Update here.

Growers and agronomists who missed the GRDC Update at Pittsworth can access papers from the event here.

Contact Details

Toni Somes, GRDC
0427 878 376
Toni.somes@grdc.com.au

GRDC Project code: ICN00021