Canadian farm adviser to address Lake Bolac grains forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 14 Jan 2014

Keith Pengilley

A Canadian cropping adviser will be in Lake Bolac 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 7.

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 Western District 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 Lake Bolac forum,” Mr Pengilley said.

He said the Update at the Lake Bolac Hall would provide local growers with the latest information and advice to support them through the 2014 cropping season.

Other presenters include Robert Patterson of Rural Management Strategies who will look at the impact of brown manuring legumes on farm financial and production risk management, while Rob Norton from the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) will detail new application techniques for getting nitrogen into the crop effectively and efficiently.

Southern Farming Systems (SFS) research on the best slug management options for growers will be presented, and David Watson from Agvise Services Pty Ltd and Corinne Celestina from SFS will delve into the topic of weed management through the incorporation of fodder into cropping rotations.

Ryder Research’s Maarten Ryder will clarify the importance of rhizobial inoculation and address misunderstandings around inoculation and survival of inoculants in the field.

The Update will be from 9am to 1pm, 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 Lake Bolac Update will provide local growers with information and advice to support them through the 2014 cropping season.

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Matt McCarthy, ORM
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Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
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