Moama to host regional irrigated crops research forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 15 Jul 2013

Keith Pengilly

The latest recommendations and advice on maximising production from irrigated cropping systems will be presented to grain growers at a Moama research forum next month.

A Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update will be held on August 1.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, says irrigated crop production presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for local growers.

“That is why it is important that GRDC, through events such as the Moama Update, provides growers with the information and resources they need to overcome cropping constraints and boost productivity,” Mr Pengilley said.

“The Update will feature expert speakers from across Australia, and they will be delivering and discussing the latest research insights being generated by GRDC-funded projects.”

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.

Meeting the modern cropping system’s demand for nitrogen will be the topic of a presentation by CSIRO researcher and farmer, John Angus, while the key factors driving grain prices going into harvest 2013 will be detailed by Matthew Kelly of Kelly Grains.

Damian Jones from Irrigated Cropping Council (ICC) will discuss selecting the most suitable canola varieties for particular farming systems.

A session on irrigation will be facilitated by DEPI Victoria’s Rabi Maskey and Dale Boyd who will investigate fast flow and devices to examine improved irrigation layouts.

Maize will also be a focus of the day, with farmers Steve Lanyon of Boort and Craig Reynolds of Congupna providing their thoughts on the use of precision agriculture to successfully grow maize, as well as double cropping and grain drying maize.

Making capital investments while maintaining whole farm profitability is the topic to be addressed by Bruce Simpson of Peppin Planners, while Dale Grey of DEPI Victoria will explore time of sowing versus frost risk.

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.

Supported by ICC, the Update at the Moama Bowling Club will be from 9am (registration starts at 8.15am) to 4pm, with catering 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:  GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the Moama Update will feature expert speakers from across Australia, and they will be delivering and discussing the latest research insights being generated by GRDC-funded projects.

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