Workshops target weed seed banks

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 23 Jan 2014

Southern and central New South Wales grains advisers and growers are encouraged to attend workshops to improve management of problem weeds for enhanced cropping options and profits. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is supporting one-day workshops at Forbes and Wagga Wagga where the focus will be on management to drive down problem weed seed banks based on cutting-edge weed management research and intelligence. The workshops in March will enable participants to discuss their weed management experiences with peers and industry experts and will assist in the development of strategies for tackling problem paddocks and particular weeds.

Topics to be addressed by leading national and local authorities include new regional weed issues and problems; strategies for management of problem weeds; harvest weed seed management; understanding where and how key pre-emergent herbicides fit; using multiple weed management tactics in a farming system; and the economics of fallow weed management. Run in conjunction with the GRDC-supported WeedSmart initiative, the workshops will feature input from Western Australian weeds specialist Peter Newman, along with Tony Cook (New South Wales Department of Primary Industries), John Cameron (Independent Consultants Australia Network) and leading growers Rod Messina (WA) and Murray Scholtz (Culcairn, NSW).  John Broster (Charles Sturt University) and Hanwen Wu (NSW DPI) will also be involved in the Wagga Wagga workshop. The Forbes workshop will be on March 13 at the Forbes Services Memorial Club, and the Wagga Wagga workshop will be on March 14 at Charles Sturt University. More information is available from ICAN by phoning 02 9482 4930, emailing Erica McKay at erica@icanrural.com.au or by visiting http://icanrural.com.au/iwm.html.

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Contact Details 

For Interviews

John Cameron, ICAN Rural

02 9482 4930

Contact

Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli

0409 675100

GRDC Project Code ICN00009

Region South, North