Cropping constraints and opportunities on agenda at Kadina

Date: 26 Jul 2012

Bill Long

Grain growers from throughout South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and Mid and Lower North regions will gather in Kadina next month to learn about the latest developments in crop production.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host a grains research Update on Tuesday, August 14, at the Kadina Football Club, where industry experts will provide growers with cutting-edge agronomic advice and insights.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Bill Long, of Ardrossan, says the Update will offer growers a comprehensive program delivering valuable information on various aspects of their production systems.

Mr Long said the program would begin with an overview on the current global and national market for pulses, to be provided by Mostyn Gregg, of Viterra.

“Adding to the discussion on pulses will be Wayne Hawthorne from Pulse Australia, who will address recent changes to receival standards,” Mr Long said.

“In addition to pulses, canola is an important crop for local growers and the Update at Kadina will address some of the key elements of canola production.”

Mr Long said Jon Midwood, from Southern Farming Systems in Victoria, planned to “bust some myths” about direct heading of canola. He will answer the question of whether direct heading is a serious option and will offer guidelines on best practice.

The forum will also focus on issues associated with pests that are known to attack and damage local crops.

“SA Research and Development Institute entomologist Kym Perry will deliver advice on how growers can get the upper hand with entrenched and emerging crop pests,” Mr Long said.

“The microscope will be on pests such as earwigs, slaters, millipedes, rubble bug, diamond back moth and heliothis.”

Snails are another pest that have in recent times caused considerable problems for growers, especially those on Yorke Peninsula.

As an agricultural consultant and GRDC Southern Regional Panel member, Mr Long has been heavily involved in research into snail control measures and he will relay information about current projects and the latest management strategies.

Weed control – an issue constantly confronting growers – will be addressed at the Update where one of the guest speakers will be Gurjeet Gill from the University of Adelaide. He will look at the strategic control of barley and brome grass and will outline progress being made on understanding grass control.

Continuing the discussion on weed control will be Chris Davey from YP AG who will outline on-farm results so far in season 2012.

Mr Long encouraged local grain growers to set aside half a day to attend the Update which is supported by the SA Farmers Federation.

The Update will run from 9am to 1pm. Registration begins at 8.15am and lunch will be provided.

More information about the Update can be obtained by visiting www.orm.com.au or www.grdc.com.au/updatedates, or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.

ENDS

Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Bill Long, of Ardrossan, says the Update will offer growers a comprehensive program delivering valuable information on various aspects of their production systems.

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