Wimmera growers to glean new insights from research

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 24 Jun 2013

Sam Kleemann

The latest recommendations and advice from cropping and scientific experts will be communicated to Wimmera grain growers at a regional research forum next month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host a grains research Update at Warracknabeal on July 24.

Incoming GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, says the Update will be a valuable source of information and resources for local grain growers as they strive to overcome cropping constraints and boost productivity.

“The GRDC recognises the various challenges that Wimmera growers face and the GRDC is addressing these issues through targeted investment in research, development and extension programs,” Mr Pengilley said.

“These programs are generating new knowledge to assist growers, and the GRDC Update at Warracknabeal will be an important vehicle for delivering and discussing the latest insights.”

The Update will feature expert guest speakers from throughout Victoria and interstate.

Among the presenters will be University of Adelaide researcher Sam Kleemann who has been leading a GRDC-funded research project aimed at shedding light on the benefits and pitfalls of using disc-seeders alongside pre-emergent herbicides. Mr Kleemann will discuss how disc set-up can minimise the risk of crop damage.

South Australian farmer Graham Hayes will tackle the topic of “nailing snails”, offering local growers advice on practical prevention and control measures, based on lessons he has learnt from personal experience.

One of the major challenges facing the region’s growers is herbicide resistant weeds and this escalating problem will be addressed by Dr Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide. Dr Preston will relay to growers the latest research outcomes to assist them in their efforts to manage herbicide resistance.

The performance of break crops across the Mallee region will be analysed by Dr Rick Llewellyn from CSIRO. Dr Llewellyn will look at the effect on yield and profit of various break crop sequences.

The key agronomy and management issues for pulse crops that should be considered by growers this year will be explored by Tim Pohlner and Matt Bissett of Agrivision Consultants.

Unearthing insights into the costly soil-borne disease, Rhizoctonia bare patch, is the topic of a presentation by Dr Alan McKay from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). Dr McKay will lead a discussion on the effectiveness of new seed treatments and the effects of seeding equipment on disease levels.

The forum will conclude with Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt Consulting looking at the strategies growers can employ to remain calm and engaged when placed under pressure and facing change.

Supported by local farming systems group BCG, the Update at the Warracknabeal Community Centre will be from 9am (registration starts at 8.15am) to 1.15pm, with morning tea and 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: University of Adelaide researcher Sam Kleemann will discuss the use of disc seeders and pre-emergent herbicides during the GRDC Update at Warracknabeal.

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