Farmer of the Year to address Lameroo grains forum

Peter Kuhlmann

Australian Farmer of the Year 2012, Peter Kuhlmann, will be a keynote speaker at a grains research forum to be held in Lameroo next month.

Mr Kuhlmann, from Mudamuckla on South Australia’s West Coast, will address a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update on how cropping success can be achieved in marginal country.

Mr Kuhlmann will outline how he has been able to improve productivity on his 290 millimetre average annual rainfall property through the adoption of new technology and strategies to reduce risk.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, says the Update at Lameroo on August 15 will provide local grain growers with the latest recommendations and advice on how to boost their farming systems.

“The Update will be a valuable source of information and resources for local grain growers as they strive to overcome cropping constraints and lift productivity,” Mr Pengilley said.

“Organisers of the Update have worked closely with local farming systems groups to ensure the speakers and their topics for the event are most relevant to growers in SA’s Murray Mallee.”

One of the challenges facing growers in the region is the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds, and tackling this issue at the Update will be the University of Adelaide’s Chris Preston who will focus on brome grass management.

Kenton Porker from the SA Research and Development Institute will explore the impact of sulphur application on nitrogen uptake in barley crops growing on sandy soils, while Michael Laws from the University of Adelaide will discuss the progress of research into screening and filtering for wheat that is resilient in frost conditions.

The “best bet” options and practices for growing pulses in the Mallee region will be detailed by SARDI’s Larn McMurray, and Chris McDonough from Rural Solutions SA will discuss how growers can ensure healthy, vigorous crops the first year after a pasture phase.

Supported by Grain Producers SA and Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF), the Update at the Lameroo Memorial Hall will be from 9am (registration starts at 8.15am) to 12.45pm, with morning tea and lunch provided.

Following lunch, a MSF research trial site “walk and talk” will be conducted by Michael Moodie at two trial sites from 2pm to 5pm.

These trials are looking at improving water use efficiency on sands by increasing inputs, new fungicide application methods for control of Rhizoctonia, and mapping brome grass in cereal and pulse crops using Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI).

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: Australian Farmer of the Year 2012, Peter Kuhlmann, will be a keynote speaker at a grains research forum to be held in Lameroo next month.

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