EP growers to gather at Cleve for grains research forum
Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 27 Jul 2015
Eyre Peninsula grain growers will gather in Cleve next month to learn of the latest advances in grains research and development that offer potential for improvements within their farming systems.
Narrow windrow burning, management of crop inputs, weed control challenges and non-wetting sands are topics to be addressed at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update, to be held at the Cleve District Hall on August 20.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Mark Stanley, of Port Lincoln, says the Update will be an important forum for EP growers to discuss regional cropping constraints with industry experts.
“New insights and knowledge coming out of GRDC-funded research and development projects have relevance to local farmers so their attendance at the Update is strongly encouraged.”
Pingrup (WA) farmer Doug Smith will be addressing the Update on the “nitty gritty” of narrow windrow burning. He will provide his thoughts on effective windrow burning according to crop types and varieties, including header chute designs and modifications.
Kate Burke from Think Agri will outline how growers can manage crop inputs in line with seasonal conditions, while Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide will provide an update on pre-emergent and in-crop herbicide research.
Improving productivity on non-wetting sands will be the subject of a presentation by David Davenport from Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) who will discuss the latest claying, spading and nutrient management results from the New Horizons research site at Brimpton Lake.
Progress in research into the benefits of bent leg furrow openers will be outlined by James Barr from the University of SA’s Agricultural Machinery Research and Design Centre.
Mark Stanley, GRDC Southern Panel
0427 831 151
Matt McCarthy, ORM
(03) 5441 6176
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675 100
Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Mark Stanley says the grains research Update at Cleve will be an important forum for EP growers to discuss regional cropping constraints with industry experts.