Local cropping challenges in focus at Parkes grains research Update

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 30 Jun 2015

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The battle against herbicide resistance in weeds will be up for discussion at a grains research forum in Parkes next month.

Herbicide resistance, a major issue for grain growers in the central-west region, will be a key topic at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update, to be held at the Parkes Services Club on July 28.

Other topics will include the impact of crop rotations on weeds, nitrogen and profit, maximising pasture production, stubble management and optimising the effectiveness of herbicides.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Neil Fettell, of Condobolin, says the Update will be an important forum for exchanging the latest information about those cropping issues which impact most on local growers.

“One of those issues is herbicide resistance – it is an increasing problem that creates a significant cost and labour burden for growers, not only in this region but right across Australia’s agricultural areas,” Mr Fettell said.

“If growers want to know more about what they can do to manage herbicide resistance, as well as the latest information from experts on a range of issues relevant to the central-west, then I encourage them to set aside the time to attend the Update.”

GRDC Grower Solutions Group CEO and grower Maurie Street will explore the “nuts and bolts” of effective narrow windrow burning and other control techniques to manage herbicide resistance, while Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide will advise growers on how they can optimise the effectiveness of herbicides.

CSIRO’s Tony Swan will look at the impact of crop rotation on weeds, nitrogen and profit, and Richard Hayes from NSW Department of Primary Industries will discuss techniques that growers can employ to improve establishment of their pastures and get more out of them.

John Small from Central West Farming Systems (CWFS), who is involved in the GRDC’s southern region “stubble initiative”, will delve into “the good and the bad” of stubble treatments in terms of farming systems’ performance in the central-west.

The Update, supported by CWFS, will be from 9am to 1pm with morning tea and lunch provided. For a detailed program and to register, visit www.orm.com.au or www.grdc.com.au/GRU-Parkes or contact ORM on 03 5444 4299 or email admin@orm.com.au.

For Interviews

Neil Fettell, GRDC Southern Panel
0427 201939

Matt McCarthy, ORM
(03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
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Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Neil Fettell says the grains research Update in Parkes will be an important forum for exchanging the latest information about those cropping issues which impact most on local growers.

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