Wallendbeen forum to prepare growers for 2014 cropping season

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 18 Feb 2014

Mark Peoples

Wallendbeen region grain growers will next month be given an opportunity to learn of the latest developments in grains research and how these advances can be adopted for improved productivity.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is holding a grains research Update for growers on March 12 at the Wallendbeen Memorial Hall.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member John Minogue, of Barmedman, says the Update will provide local growers with regionally-relevant information and advice to support them through the 2014 cropping season.

“The GRDC Updates are tailored to address the cropping issues that matter most to regional growers, so they can prepare for the year ahead,” Mr Minogue said.

“Growers will be hearing from several researchers and industry experts about what to expect over the growing season, as well as the new technologies and recommended farming practices that are coming out of GRDC’s targeted investments in R&D.”

Presenters at the Wallendbeen Update include CSIRO’s James Hunt who will discuss the strategies and tactics growers can employ to extend whole farm water use efficiency. He will look at progress being made to match varieties and timely sowing, as well as the impact of 2013’s dry start and frosty finish.

Dr Hunt will be joined by Dale Grey from the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Peter Watt from Elders Cowra and Greg Hunt from Rural Management Strategies in discussing the impacts of frost last season and management strategies to consider this year. They will also look at where the answers to frost might come from in the future.

Opportunities to maximise livestock profit in mixed farming enterprises is the theme of a presentation to be given by John Webb Ware of the University of Melbourne, while CSIRO’s Mark Peoples and Tony Swan will explore the impact of break crops on income, nitrogen and weeds. Angus MacLennan from Bayer and Tony Pratt from FarmLink Research will tackle the topic of the efficacy of various herbicide systems.

Supported by FarmLink Research, the Update will be from 11.30am to 5pm, with lunch provided. For a detailed program and to register, please visit www.orm.com.au or www.grdc.com.au/updatedates or contact ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.

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Caption: CSIRO’s Mark Peoples (pictured) and Tony Swan will explore the impact of break crops on income, nitrogen and weeds, at the Wallendbeen grains research Update.

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Region South, North