Canadian farm adviser to address Corowa grains forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 14 Jan 2014

Keith Pengilley

A Canadian cropping adviser will be in Corowa next month to speak with local grain growers about the potential for advancing their farming systems through innovations in agronomy.

Steve Larocque, the owner/manager of Beyond Agronomy in Alberta, will be a guest speaker at a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update for growers on February 13.

Mr Larocque will relay his experiences in accelerating the adoption of innovative agronomy – in particular, the implementation and performance of controlled traffic farming, nitrogen use efficiency and maximising production with retained stubble systems in Western Canada.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says Mr Larocque’s insights will be of enormous interest and value to regional grain growers.

“Steve is coming to Australia to address a series of GRDC research events for advisers and we are thrilled that he is also available to speak with growers attending the Corowa forum,” Mr Pengilley said.

He said the Update at the Corowa RSL Club would provide local growers with the latest information and advice to support them through the 2014 cropping season.

Other presenters include CSIRO’s James Hunt who will discuss the strategies and tactics growers can employ to extend whole farm water use efficiency, as well as the impact of 2013’s dry start and frosty finish.

Frost is a topic to be further explored by Tim March from the University of Adelaide and Dale Grey from the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, who, along with Dr Hunt, will look at frost tolerance ratings for barley and wheat varieties, impact of time of sowing and where the answers to reducing the risk of frost damage are likely to come from.

Pulse and canola diseases will be detailed by Kurt Lindbeck of NSW DPI, Bayer’s Wes Amor will outline fungicide trial results, while Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide will provide advice about maintaining the efficacy and longevity of pre-emergent herbicides.

Representatives from local farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc, which is hosting the forum, will update growers on the organisation’s research activities and findings.

The Update will be from 9am to 3pm, with morning tea and lunch provided. For a detailed program and to register, please visit or or contact ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email


Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, says the Corowa Update will provide local growers with information and advice to support them through the 2014 cropping season.

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