Dry season advice at Henty Field Days grower breakfast

Author: | Date: 06 Sep 2018

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Researcher Rohan Brill will be one of the key presenters talking about options for canola in a tough season at the GRDC and NSW DPI Grower Breakfast Forum at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days. Photo: GRDC

Should I graze my canola crop or take it through to harvest this year? Dry conditions in southern New South Wales have made this and other tough management questions front of mind for growers and their advisers this season.

Ensuring they have the latest data to make informed management decisions is the focus of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Grower Breakfast Forum during Henty Machinery Field Days.

The forum on Wednesday, September 19, includes a complimentary hot breakfast followed by a seasonal update session covering topical issues, such as winter crop choices in a dry year.

NSW DPI researchers will also share with growers several useful tools to support decision making, including salvaging crops for grain, fodder or grazing calculator and the biomass calculator. Laptops will be available at the GRDC site for growers to use these tools with researcher support.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager North, Susan McDonnell, said the grower breakfast forum was about bringing some of the industry’s most respected researchers to the field days to share research outcomes and experienced insights with southern NSW growers and advisers.

“The GRDC and NSW DPI are keenly aware of the challenges facing growers as they deal with the prolonged dry conditions, so this forum is about bringing some of the region’s most respected researchers together to provide information and answer questions,” Mrs McDonnell said.

“We will also have experienced NSW DPI researchers with us at the GRDC site for the duration of the field days. So any growers or advisers with questions about agronomy, diseases or weeds can call into the GRDC site at Henty and speak with experts.”

Mrs McDonnell said GRDC Northern Panel members would also be at the breakfast, as well as the GRDC site during the field days, to engage with growers, advisers and industry stakeholders about regional issues and production constraints and opportunities.

The free-of-charge GRDC NSW DPI Grower Breakfast Forum is open to all involved with the grains industry.

When: Wednesday, September 19, from 9am-10.30am

Where: Henty Field Days, GRDC site, 887 888 block R

Places are limited so contact Brenda Ogden at brenda.ogden@dpi.nsw.gov.au or 02 6938 1999 to register. Registrations close Friday, September 14.

Growers and advisers, who can’t make the breakfast forum are welcome to talk directly with experienced researchers at the GRDC site for the duration of the field days. Researchers on site will include:

Tuesday, September 18: Dr Aaron Preston (weeds); Dr Audrey Leo (canola diseases).

Wednesday, September 19: Rohan Brill (canola); Dr Felicity Harris (cereals); Eric Koetz (weeds/nutrition).

Thursday, September 20: Brad Baxter (cereal diseases); Mark Richards (pulses).

The GRDC will be at site 887 888 block R for the three-day duration of the 2018 Henty Machinery Field Days.

Contact Details

Toni Somes, GRDC
Phone 0427 878 376

Anne Brook, NSW DPI
Phone 0477 358 305