Griffith to host regional grains research forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 02 Jul 2013

Sam Kleemann

Researchers and cropping experts from across Australia will converge on Griffith this month to provide local grain growers with the latest recommendations and advice.

They will be speaking at a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update on July 31.

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, according to the chair of the GRDC Southern Regional Panel, Keith Pengilley.

“The GRDC Update at Griffith will be an important vehicle for delivering and discussing the latest research insights being generated by GRDC-funded R&D projects,” Mr Pengilley said.

“Many of these projects are producing information and outputs that are relevant to growers in the Griffith region, so I encourage all local growers to get along to the forum.”

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 Western Australia-based Peter Newman, representing Planfarm and the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).

Mr Newman will outline chemical and non-chemical options to manage herbicide resistance, based on experiences and lessons from the WA grain belt.

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.

Meeting the modern cropping system’s demand for nitrogen will be the topic of a presentation by CSIRO researcher and farmer, John Angus, while Luke Gaynor from NSW DPI will provide an in-season update on pulse crop agronomy and disease management issues.

Richard Heath from Innovate Ag Research will look at ‘cloud’-based software and apps and the benefits they offer in terms of practical farm management.

The latest moves and trends in the grain markets, particularly the key factors driving wheat and canola prices going into harvest 2013, will also be explored on the day.

Supported by Irrigation Research and Extension Committee, the Update at the Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club will be from 9am (registration starts at 8.15am) to 1.15pm, with morning tea and lunch provided.

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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 Griffith.

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