International farmers to share experiences at GRDC Updates
Author: Toni Somes | Date: 08 Feb 2019
Innovative Canadian grain and oilseed growers Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren will share their experiences in setting up farm-scale trials, when they speak to grain growers and their advisers in southern New South Wales later this month.
The couple will be guest speakers at 2019 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Updates in Wagga Wagga (February 19 and 20) and Corowa (February 21).
The Lindgrens, along with their four children, own and operate Lindgren Farms at Norquay, in Saskatchewan in Canada, and have become well-known in their home country for an annual ‘Field of Dreams’ tour, which they co-host with fellow growers to share on-farm trial results.
Awarded the 2018 Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year for Saskatchewan, the Lindgrens are focused on maximising crop production and minimising costs, and have been instrumental in developing field-scale trials on their farm investigating new genetics and variable fertiliser rates and applications.
The family have also played a role in educating the next generation of the public on the importance of farming and food providence – through their farm ‘food tours’.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager North, Richard Holzknecht, said this year’s Grains Research Updates were an invaluable opportunity for growers and advisers in southern NSW to hear firsthand about innovative research and development stories, not only from the local industry, but from across the globe.
“Agriculture is increasingly an international sector and there is so much we can learn from how and what our peers are doing overseas,” Mr Holzknecht said.
“Communicating innovative research occurring outside Australia, as well as results from national trials and advancements in agricultural technology is a critical part of the GRDC’s role and responsibility to growers, advisers and industry stakeholders.”
He said the Updates were designed to provide a forum for learning, sharing ideas and networking, all of which were critical to achieving successful and effective change and progress on-farm.
Other topics on the agenda for the Wagga Wagga GRDC Grains Research Updates include:
Preventing ‘social licence – building trust in agricultural science in the community, by Heather Bray from the University of Western Australia; how the national paddock survey is helping to guide farm management decisions, presented by Harm van Rees from Crop Facts Pty Ltd; solutions to nitrogen and soil organic matter decline, with Jeff Baldock from CSIRO.
Other topics on the agenda for the Corowa GRDC Grains Research Updates include:
Managing crop nutrient supply after a dry period by Graeme Sandral from NSW DPI; how the national paddock survey is helping to guide farm management decisions, presented by Harm van Rees from Crop Facts Pty Ltd; Riverine Plains research in progress with Cassandra Schefe from Riverine Plains Inc; key findings from the ‘optimised canola profitabilty’ project presented by Rohan Brill of NSW DPI and emerging management tips for optimal growth of early sown winter wheats, with James Hunt, La Trobe University.
The southern NSW updates will be held at:
- Wagga Wagga – February 19 and 20 at Joyes Hall, Charles Sturt University
- Corowa – February 21, Corowa RSL Club.
GRDC Grains Research Updates will also be held at Dubbo on February 26 and 27 (Dubbo RSL Club); Coolah on February 28 (Coolah Sporting Club); and Spring Plains on March 1 (Spring Plains Hall).
For a full list of Update speakers and topics, or to register, go to https://grdc.com.au/events.
Matt McCarthy, ORM
03 5441 6176
Toni Somes, GRDC
0436 622 645
GRDC Project code: ORM00014
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