Workshop to discuss severe frost damage to SA crops
Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 26 Aug 2014
South Australian farm advisers and their grain-growing clients who have been affected by recent severe frosts will gather in Clare on Friday (August 29) to discuss the situation.
The one-day technical workshop for agronomists, advisers, consultants and growers has been organised to review the impact of frost and discuss frost management strategies and current and future research efforts.
Initiated by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the workshop will be from 8.30am to 2pm at the Clare Country Club Convention Centre and on-farm.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Bill Long says the forum will assess the extent of damage, how to identify frost damage in crops, the chances of recovery of affected crops, cutting for hay and other management decisions.
“The workshop will feature several experts who will provide advice and critical insights to growers and their advisers,” Mr Long says.
Research being undertaken through the GRDC-supported Australian National Frost Program will also be outlined. The $15 million, five-year national initiative will tackle frost from several angles and aims to deliver growers a combination of genetic and management solutions.
A farm visit to view and discuss crop damage will conclude the workshop. Registration for the free-of-charge workshop is essential. To view the program and to register, please visit www.agcommunicators.com.au/workshops.
In the meantime, growers and advisers are urged to inspect crops for damage caused by frosts which have affected many crops in early growth stages. Mr Long says growers need to consider their circumstances and make a quick decision about management options.
“Growers should inspect their crops to determine how severe the damage is so that they can make a decision on the way forward. If the conclusion is that harvesting won’t be economical, there are a number of options, and the best choice depends on a number of factors that the grower needs to assess with their agronomist,” he says.
More information on frost and its impact on crops can be found in the GRDC Managing Frost Risk booklet which is available for viewing and downloading via www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-Booklet-ManagingFrostRisk.ENDS
Bill Long, GRDC Southern Panel
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