Regional cropping issues on the agenda at West Wyalong

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 08 Jul 2014

Chris Preston

Central West grain growers will this 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 hosting a grains research Update for growers at West Wyalong on July 29.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member John Minogue, of Barmedman, says the Update at the West Wyalong Country Club will provide local growers with insightful information on relevant cropping issues and the chance to discuss these constraints with industry experts.

“Issues such as herbicide resistance, retaining stubbles, crop pests and crop nutrition will be on the agenda, so I encourage all growers in the region to set aside half a day to come along to this event and learn more about what they can do to improve their farming systems,” Mr Minogue said.

Presenters at the West Wyalong Update include leading researcher Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide who will discuss the increasing issue of herbicide resistance and the strategies growers can employ to extend the life of available herbicides.

Consultant Greg Condon, from Grassroots Agronomy, will continue the conversation around herbicide resistance by looking at non-chemical control tools for managing resistance and the local experiences and learnings gained from application of these approaches.

Lifting productivity in retained stubble systems will be the topic of a presentation by CSIRO researcher James Hunt who will detail some surprising research results in relation to stubble constraints in canola-wheat rotations and crop sequences for retained stubble systems.

Issues with cutworms and other persistent pests will be dissected by Phil Bowden of Murrumbidgee Landcare, while NSW DPI’s Col McMaster will investigate efficient and cost effective ways of getting phosphorous into the soil and the crop. Tim McClelland from farming systems group, BCG, will explore crop production models, such as Yield Prophet®, and how they can assist in making in-crop decisions.

Following the Update, growers will be given the opportunity to hear from Rob Buttimor, a formulation chemist with Dow AgroSciences, who will provide practical information to help growers understand the chemistry within the spray tank and how to avoid it all going wrong.

Supported by Central West Farming Systems and FarmLink Research, 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


For Interviews

Matt McCarthy, ORM

(03) 5441 6176


John Minogue, GRDC Southern Panel

0428 763023


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli

0409 675100

Caption: Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide will discuss the increasing issue of herbicide resistance at the West Wyalong grains research Update.

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