GRDC brings dry season advice to AgQuip

Author: | Date: 05 Aug 2019

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GRDC Grower Relations Manager – North, Susan McDonnell, said offering growers access to timely, relevant and farm-ready advice was a key reason for the organisation returning to the AgQuip Field Days this year. Photo GRDC.

Practical information to help growers, agronomists and farm advisers dealing with yet another challenging dry season will be on offer at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) site at the AgQuip Field Days in Gunnedah on August 20-22.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager – North, Susan McDonnell, said offering growers access to timely, relevant and farm-ready advice was a key reason for the organisation returning to the popular New South Wales field days this year.

“The GRDC is keenly aware of the challenging seasonal situation facing our growers and rural communities generally across much of the State,” she said.

“For many in our northern NSW grains industry, this will be the second or third year without a crop and that takes a significant toll on people emotionally and financially.

“While we can’t make it rain, we can be there to provide resources that support grower decision-making around topics such as farm business debt management and on-farm strategies for dry conditions.”

Mrs McDonnell said the GRDC was committed to supporting growers through tough times and this included investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) that could assist in mitigating the challenges of farming in an increasingly variable climate.

“Our focus is on investing in RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers,” she said.

“We will be here supporting growers through these tough times, and when it does rain we will be here supporting them with ground-breaking research and development that has the potential to improve their bottom line.”

The GRDC will share the latest research results as part of the annual GRDC-NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Grains Breakfast Update as part of the AgQuip Field Days. A premier event, the Update attracts not only local growers, but those travelling to Gunnedah from interstate and overseas.

The breakfast is from 7.30-9am on Wednesday, August 21, and gives growers, agronomists and other industry personnel the chance to hear about timely and relevant grains research before exploring the field day. This year the breakfast will be at the GRDC site H30 followed by the Update at the NSW Farmers shed.

Presentations by NSW DPI researchers will include:

  • Crop diseases and impact of drought update (Kevin Moore and Steven Simpfendorfer)
  • The latest summer crop research and development (Loretta Serafin and Matthew Dunn).

“The annual GRDC-NSW DPI Breakfast Update has proved an incredible success and we are pleased to join with our research partners to once again bring this information to industry,” Mrs McDonnell said.

Places at the breakfast are limited and growers should contact Liz Tydd, NSW DPI, on 02 6763 1454 or via liz.tydd@dpi.nsw.gov.au to register and receive instruction for the early site entry.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Anne Brook, NSW DPI
0477 358 305
Anne.brook@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Contact

Toni Somes, GRDC
0436 622 645
Toni.somes@grdc.com.au