Grains research advances in the spotlight at Derrinallum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 13 Aug 2013

Keith Pengilly and Renick Peries

South-west Victorian grain growers will gather in Derrinallum later 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 Derrinallum Hall on August 29.

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

“The forum will offer growers insights into issues that are most relevant to their farming systems,” Mr Pengilley said.

“It will also be an opportunity for growers to learn about the progress of important research projects – being undertaken in their region and elsewhere – that could have a bearing on their future farming practices.”

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

The spreading issue of herbicide resistance will be a hot topic at the Update, with Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide leading a discussion on how growers can take steps to manage herbicide resistance by taking into account the latest research outcomes.

Andrew Whitlock of Precision Agriculture will review new satellite technology and services available to assist growers with the monitoring and management of crops.

In another presentation, Mr Whitlock will also provide some guidelines on row spacings for cereals in southern Victoria.

Managing soil biology to improve nitrogen supply to grain crops is the topic of a presentation to be given by researcher Lori Phillips from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries at Hamilton.

She will explore the key facts about the value of specific groups of soil microbes in nitrogen release and tie-up.

Jason Brand from DEPI Horsham will look at new pulse varieties and management options for the high rainfall zone, including opportunities for forage field peas, management for new pea varieties and effective crop topping in pulses.

The agronomics and economics of sub soil manuring will be delved into by Renick Peries of DEPI Victoria. He will provide an update on the on-going impact of the GRDC-funded sub soil manuring project.

David Watson of Agvise Services Pty Ltd will discuss lucerne in a crop rotation and pasture cropping into lucerne, focusing on the impact of grain yield and quality following the removal of long-term lucerne.

Supported by Southern Farming Systems, the Update will be from 9am (registration starts at 8.15am) to 1pm, with morning tea and lunch provided.

A detailed program can be obtained by visiting or or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley (left) pictured with DEPI Victoria’s Renick Peries who will discuss the agronomics and economics of sub soil manuring at the Derrinallum grains research Update.

For Interviews

Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel 
0448 015539


Matt McCarthy, ORM
(03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

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