Sustainability and productivity focus at Loxton grains forum

Author: | Date: 26 Jul 2012

David Shannon

Sustainable and productive cropping systems will be the focus of a grains research forum in Loxton next month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host an Update for Murray Mallee grain growers on Wednesday, August 15, at the Loxton Hotel.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Update will feature a line-up of industry experts who will provide growers with information and resources relevant to local farming systems.

Mr Shannon said the program would begin with an overview of current global and national grain markets, to be presented by Brad Knight of Agfarm.

“CSIRO’s Therese McBeath will discuss the potential for doubling profitability from poor sands and using break crops to maximise yields, while Rick Rundell-Gordon from Dodgshun Medlin will complement this topic with a review of the recent farmer adoption and benefits of variable fertiliser rate technology in the Mallee,” Mr Shannon said.

The effective use of the pre-emergent herbicide Trifluralin in Mallee cropping systems is to be the subject of a presentation by John Both of Nufarm Australia Ltd.

The impact of new spray drift management policy on local growers’ farm practices will be outlined by Michael McManus from Biosecurity SA.

The implications of leaf rust in barley and stripe rust in wheat varieties will be addressed by Rob Wheeler from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).

The Update, supported by Mallee Sustainable Farming and the SA Farmers Federation, 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.


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Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the Loxton Update will feature a line-up of industry experts who will provide growers with information and resources relevant to local farming systems.

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