Advancing Riverina farming systems the focus of Griffith forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 10 Jul 2015

Geoff McLeod

Pathways to improved productivity and profitability in Riverina farming systems will be explored at a grains research forum in Griffith this month.

Risk reduction, advances in pulse crops, variable rate fertiliser application, herbicide effectiveness and the seasonal outlook are topics to be discussed at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update, to be held at the Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club on July 29.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Geoff McLeod, of Finley, says the Update will provide local growers with a unique opportunity to hear from several industry experts who will be sharing new knowledge from the research initiatives in which they are involved.

“Research and development projects being funded through the GRDC are constantly generating insights into the challenges being faced by grain growers, and these new understandings can be the catalyst for changes in farm practices that can make a real difference to yields and returns,” Mr McLeod said.

“I encourage all growers in the region to get along to the Update so they can find out for themselves about advances in R&D and their potential for positive impact on-farm.”

Reducing risks and improving rewards is a topic to be tackled by Phil O’Callaghan from ORM who will advise growers on how to calculate a “safe” rotation option.

Growing faba beans and other legumes in the acid soils of the Riverina will be discussed by Sarah Ellis, of NSW Department of Primary Industries, who will outline recent pulse breeding and agronomy advances, as well as the “dos and don’ts” of growing pulses.

Researcher Brett Whelan from the University of Sydney and Kooloonong grower Alistair Murdoch will offer their perspectives on the practical application of variable rate systems to maximise grower benefits and whether the science stacks up.

Understanding the key drivers that predict seasonal outlook will be the subject of a presentation by Graeme Anderson from the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide will advise growers on optimising the impact of herbicides through effective “stacking” of pre-emergents and new herbicide products for weed control in break crops.

Supported by the Irrigation Research and Extension Committee, the Update will be from 9am to 1pm with catering provided. 

For Interviews

Geoff McLeod,
GRDC Southern Panel
0427 833261

Matt McCarthy
ORM
(03) 5441 6176

Contact

Sharon Watt
Porter Novelli
0409 675100

Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Geoff McLeod says the Griffith Update will provide local growers with a unique opportunity to hear from several industry experts who will be sharing new knowledge from the research initiatives in which they are involved.

GRDC Project Code ORM00001

Region South, North