Temora forum to promote uptake of grains research innovations

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 08 Jan 2014

Keith Pengilly

Key points:

  • GRDC Grains Research Adviser Update in Temora on February 11-12
  • Focus on sharing of knowledge to accelerate adoption of new technologies and practices

Rapid adoption of new technologies and innovative farm practices has been identified as a key to improved productivity and profitability for grain growers in southern and central New South Wales.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) recognises that uptake of cutting-edge research and development outcomes is fundamental in the quest by growers to lift yields and returns, and will next month host a major forum in Temora to help accelerate the adoption of the latest agronomic recommendations.

The GRDC Grains Research Update, entitled Share knowledge – accelerate adoption, will be attended by agronomists, consultants, researchers, growers and other grains industry personnel committed to ensuring the region’s grains sector remains productive and profitable well into the future.

To be held at the Temora Ex Services Memorial Club on February 11 and 12, the Update will feature a line-up of expert speakers from throughout Australia and beyond who will provide insights into research developments and advice about progressing cropping enterprises.

Headlining the event will be Canadian agronomic consultant Steve Larocque, the owner/manager of Beyond Agronomy in Alberta, who will relay his experiences in accelerating the adoption of innovative agronomy.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says Mr Larocque will outline his thoughts on the implementation and performance of controlled traffic farming (CTF), the impacts of soil temperature versus ambient temperature on grain weight and yield, as well as nitrogen use efficiency and nitrogen nutrition management.

“Steve’s insights will be of enormous interest and value, and will set the scene for the two days of presentations from experts from across Australia who will deliver information and knowledge about the latest advances in grains research and development,” Mr Pengilley said.

“Farm advisers play a critical role in extending the outcomes of R&D to growers so it is vital that we equip them with new intelligence so they can in turn inform their farming clients and prepare them for the season ahead,” Mr Pengilley said.

The Update program will offer a wide range of timely topics and issues and will provide maximum choice for attendees to construct their own preferred learning path over the two days.

Keynote speakers include CSIRO researcher James Hunt who will delve into strategies and tactics to extend whole farm water use efficiency; Cropfacts consultant Harm van Rees who will look at building organic matter through stubble retention and nutrients; and Grain Orana Alliance consultant Maurie Street who will outline the outcomes of trials of sulphur nutrition in canola.

The effect of sowing depth and time, row spacing and plant population on the prevalence of crown rot will be detailed by NSW Department of Primary Industries researcher Steve Simpfendorfer, while University of Sydney researcher Salah Sukkarieh will provide an update on progress being made in the world of robotics and intelligent systems and their application to broad acre agriculture.

A panel of herbicide resistance experts from across the nation will discuss fresh approaches in the ever-increasing battle against resistant weeds, while Ian Perry from ANZ will explore modernisation of China’s food industry and what it means to the Australian grains industry.

Other relevant agronomic issues to be covered on day one include canola establishment in marginal conditions, increasing nitrogen use efficiency, options with new pulse varieties, zinc nutrition, slug management practices, future options with bio-pesticides, and diseases of pulses and canola.

Among the topics to be addressed on day two are dual purpose crops, effective use of pre-emergent herbicides, the impact of canola windrow timing and direct heading, new barley varieties and maintaining market access.

For a detailed program and to register for the event please visit 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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Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel

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Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair, Keith Pengilley, says the Temora forum will feature experts from across Australia and beyond who will deliver information and knowledge about the latest advances in grains research and development.

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