Planning for 2013 cropping season starts at Balaklava

Date: 21 Jan 2013

Southern Regional Panel member Richard Konzag

South Australian grain growers will soon be putting in place their plans for the 2013 cropping season.

To assist growers in the Adelaide Plains, Mid North and Yorke Peninsula regions with their preparations and considerations, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host a grains research Update at Balaklava next month.

To be held at the Balaklava Golf Club on February 14, the Update will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will tackle topics of most relevance to local growers.

Mallala-based GRDC Southern Regional Panel member and grain grower, Richard Konzag, says the Update will equip growers with advice and information to enable them to adopt the latest farming practices.

“GRDC-funded research is constantly producing new thinking about what we do on-farm so the Updates are an important mechanism for conveying that intelligence to growers,” Mr Konzag said.

Profarmer editor Malcolm Bartholomaeus will examine the trends and shifts in international and domestic grain markets, and those factors driving prices in 2013.

Sam Kleeman from the University of Adelaide will offer new insights into pre-emergent herbicides and crop safety, as well as how disc seeders can be set up to minimise crop damage.

South Australia’s new spray drift legislation will be a key issue, with John Kassebaum of BioSecurity SA explaining how the changes will affect spray activities on-farm.

The latest information on the behaviour of the weed fleabane and the most appropriate control strategies will be covered by University of Adelaide’s Ben Fleet, while another University of Adelaide researcher, Glenn McDonald, will outline the factors to consider when deciding to use UAN fertiliser or urea.

Greg Baker from the SA Research and Development Institute will discuss lessons learned from snail baiting and spray trials, as well as new distribution survey results, while farmer and Nuffield Scholar Ryan Smart will give his thoughts on managing farm energy use to maximise efficiency.

Supported by Grain Producers SA, the Update will be from 9am (registration starts at 8.15am) to 1.15pm, with lunch provided.

A detailed program 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: Mallala-based GRDC Southern Regional Panel member and grain grower, Richard Konzag, says the Balaklava Update will equip growers with advice and information to enable them to adopt the latest farming practices.

For more information:

Matt McCarthy, ORM
03 5441 6176

Contact:

Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

GRDC Project Code ORM00001

Region South