Local growers are the leaders at the Osborne GRDC Update (South, 5 March 2009)

Osborne will be the place to be later this month for grain growers to hear the latest in research and extension at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Research Update.

The Update will be held at the Osborne Football Club (in the Lockhart district) on March 18, and will be held in conjunction with FarmLink and the Lockhart Ag Bureau.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon said the Update would give grain growers a kick start to the 2009 cropping season.

“The Osborne Update will feature research and extension tailored to grain producers in southern New South Wales,” Mr Shannon said. “These growers face significant challenges this season so it’s important they have access to the latest research information.

“The GRDC, funded by growers and the Australian Government, works with local farmers to develop a comprehensive program for each Update. This ensures the program is highly relevant to the local area.”

GRDC Updates deliver information that is highly applicable on farm while also providing feature topics that get the audience thinking. The morning session will include a presentation by CSIRO’s Clive Kirkby on Increasing soil carbon – can it be done?

A number of sessions will be presented by local growers including Michael Pfitzner from Rankins Springs, Matthew Barton from Wellington and Murray Scholz from Culcairn. Mr Scholz, a Nuffield Scholar, will share his insights into herbicide resistant cropping systems after his experiences from the first year of growing GM canola.

Registration for the GRDC Update at the Osborne Football Club commences at 8am. Growers seeking more information can visit the GRDC website at www.grdc.com.au/updatedates.

Region South, North