Lake Bolac forum aims to advance local cropping systems

Author: | Date: 16 Aug 2012

David Shannon

Advancing cropping systems in Victoria’s Western District is the thrust of a grains research forum to be held in Lake Bolac later this month.

 

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grower Update on Thursday, August 30, will provide local growers with the latest insights into farm practices and industry developments that offer opportunities for improved productivity.

 

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the grains research Updates are an important means of delivering valuable information and resources to growers looking to boost the efficiency and profitability of their farm enterprises.

 

“Victoria’s Western District is a region where opportunities for diversification and dynamic farming systems abound,” Mr Shannon said.

 

“It is therefore critical that local growers are well placed in terms of knowledge and understanding of what they can do to get the most out of their farm operations.

 

“That is why the GRDC, with support from Southern Farming Systems, has brought together a line-up of industry experts who offer growers the latest advice and will inform them about cutting-edge practices and techniques.”

 

One of those experts is Queensland-based agricultural chemical authority Andrew Somervaille, of Jubilee Consulting, who will discuss the key factors growers need to know about the quality of spray water and the issues surrounding the mixing of common chemicals.

 

The question of whether direct heading is a serious option for harvesting canola will be explored by Southern Farming Systems’ Jon Midwood, who plans to “bust” some of the myths associated with the practice.

 

Exciting new cereal varieties bred specifically for the high rainfall zone will be detailed by Richard Richards, of the CSIRO.

 

Matt Bryant, of Ag Profit Pty Ltd, will introduce Update attendees to a new generation of farm business performance analyses, while an overview of the status of global and national grains markets will be provided by Lachie Stevens, of Lachstock Consulting.

 

An update on the Grain & Graze II program will be presented by David Watson of Agvise Services Pty Ltd who will also advise growers on the value of spring-sown canola for grazing and grain, as well as summer crop rotation options.

 

The Update will be held at the Lake Bolac Football Club, from 9am to 1pm. Registration begins at 8.15am and lunch will be provided.

 

More information about the Updates 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 grains research Updates are an important means of delivering valuable information and resources to growers looking to boost the efficiency and profitability of their farm enterprises.

 

For more information: Matt McCarthy, ORM

03 5441 6176

 

Contact: Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli

0409 675100

 

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