Grains forum aims to advance Tasmanian farming systems

Keith Pengilly

Tasmanian grain growers will gather in Campbell Town this month to learn of new opportunities and research outcomes that could enhance their enterprises.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will host a grains research Update at The Grange on July 26.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, of Conara, says the Update will be a valuable source of information and resources for the State’s grain growers.

“With Federal and State Governments investing heavily in development of irrigation in Tasmania and the poppy industry on the rebound, there will be considerable scope for growers to put in more cereal crops that can be rotated with poppies,” Mr Pengilley said.

“Added to this positive scenario is the continued expansion of the dairy industry in Tasmania so we expect the demand for locally-produced feed grain to escalate.”

Mr Pengilley said GRDC’s targeted investment in research, development and extension programs was generating new knowledge to assist Tasmanian growers, and the GRDC Update at Campbell Town would be an important vehicle for delivering and discussing the latest insights.

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

Among the presenters will be South Australian farmer and Cleve Rural Traders agronomist Tristan Baldock who will discuss the advantages of adopting liquid fertiliser technology. Mr Baldock will present a summary of farm trials and experiences.

Slugs, which are a significant pest in Tasmanian farming systems, will be the topic of a presentation by Dr Michael Nash from the University of Melbourne. Dr Nash will outline the latest knowledge and tactics for controlling slugs.

Earlier this year, Barley Australia announced that three new varieties suited to high rainfall zone production had been given malting accreditation. Amanda Box from the University of Adelaide will provide an overview of these new varieties and the opportunities they present for Tasmanian growers.

Tasmanian farmer and Nuffield scholar Michael Chilvers will share his insights into achieving efficient and profitable farming systems, while the agronomics and economics of sub soil manuring will be explored by Renick Peries of DEPI Victoria.

The use of nitrogen to maximise economic and environmental outcomes will be discussed by David Nash of DEPI Victoria, and Peter Johnson from the University of Tasmania will provide an update on research into dual purpose crops, plant growth regulators and nitrogen management in waterlogged soils.

Supported by Southern Farming Systems, the Update at The Grange 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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Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel

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Matt McCarthy, ORM

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Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, of Conara, says the Update will be a valuable source of information and resources for the State’s grain growers.

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