Key issues on the agenda at Tooleybuc grains research Update

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 22 Jun 2015

Rob Sonogan

Mallee grain growers and their advisers will gather in Tooleybuc on July 21 to be brought up to date with the latest in grains research and development relevant to local farming systems.

The fight against herbicide resistance, advances in pulses, barley disease management, phosphorus use efficiency and soil moisture probes will be on the agenda at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update at the Tooleybuc Sporting Club.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Rob Sonogan, of Swan Hill, says the Update will be a valuable opportunity for local growers to learn of the latest research advances and how these can benefit their own enterprises.

“Grain growers in this region face a unique set of cropping challenges so the topics and speakers for the Update have been hand-picked to ensure growers will be taking home new knowledge and understanding that can help with their productivity,” Mr Sonogan said.

“With crops in the ground and growing, the Update has been timed to allow growers to set aside half a day to attend the forum which is aimed at supporting them through the remainder of the season and beyond.”

GRDC Grower Solutions Group CEO and grower Maurie Street will discuss management of herbicide resistance through effective windrow burning and other control techniques, while pulse crop expert Jason Brand, of the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), will explain the role pulses can play in weed management as well as pulse breeding and agronomy advances specifically beneficial to the Mallee.

Mark McLean from DEDJTR will detail options to manage spot form net blotch (SFNB) in barley through the use of foliar fungicides and a new seed-applied fungicide that suppresses SFNB development.

Just how much phosphorus can be reduced before crop production is impacted is a topic to be explored by Rob Norton from the International Plant Nutrition Institute who will bring insights from long-term nutrition trials.

A presentation on soil moisture probes and their role in cropping programs decision-making will be provided by Dale Boyd from DEDJTR.

Mr Sonogan said Update attendees would have the opportunity to discuss all topics at the end of each presentation.

The Update, supported by Mallee Sustainable Farming, will be from 9am to 1pm with morning tea and lunch provided. View the Tooleybuc Grains Research Update for further details and to register.

For Interviews

Rob Sonogan, GRDC Southern Panel
0407 359982

Matt McCarthy, ORM
(03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675 100

Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Rob Sonogan says the grains research Update at Tooleybuc will be a valuable opportunity for local growers to learn of the latest research advances relevant to their enterprises.

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