Campbell Town to host grains research Update

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 29 Jun 2015

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Issues impacting on the productivity and profitability of Tasmanian farming systems will be the focus of a grains research forum in Campbell Town next month.

Tasmanian grain growers and their advisers will gather at The Grange on July 23 for a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update.

Optimising yields from dual purpose crops, effective weed control, overcoming subsoil constraints, the seasonal outlook and emerging disease threats will be key topics up for discussion at the Update.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley, of Conara, says the Update offers a valuable opportunity for growers to hear from experts about tools and tactics that can be employed to improve their farming systems.

“There is a great deal of useful information and insights coming out of GRDC-funded research and development, and these have the potential to make a difference on-farm here in Tasmania,” Mr Pengilley said.

“I encourage everyone involved in growing grains in this State to get along to the Update to learn about these advances so they can get the most out of their farming enterprises.”

CSIRO’s Susie Sprague will discuss dual purpose canola and wheat crops and what growers can do to optimise grain yield and grazing potential from these.

The performance and pitfalls of pre-emergent herbicides in the high rainfall zone will be a topic to be explored by Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide, while David Watson of Agvise Services will explore practical options for treating subsoil constraints.

Dale Grey from the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) will provide an overview of how the season is shaping up and the key drivers that influence seasonal conditions.

The day will conclude with Andrew Milgate from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) outlining emerging disease threats, including Septoria tritici and Net form net blotch.

The Update, supported by Southern Farming Systems, will be from 9am to 1pm with morning tea and lunch provided. View the Campbell Town Grains Research Update for further details and to register or contact ORM on 03 5444 4299 or

For Interviews

Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel
0448 015539

Matt McCarthy, ORM
(03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the Campbell Town grains research Update will offer a valuable opportunity for growers to hear from experts about tools and tactics that can be employed to improve their farming systems

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