Advancing Mallee farming systems a focus of Ouyen forum

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Rohan Mott says the Ouyen Grains Research Update will be a timely information session for local grain growers.

New insights from grains industry research efforts and their application to farming in the Mallee region will be explored at a forum in Ouyen next month.

Opportunities for better grazing management, new pulse crops for dry climates, strategies for disease control and nitrogen input management will be among the topics on the agenda at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update on July 19.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Rohan Mott, of Ninda, says the Update will be a timely information session for local grain growers.

“With crops up and out of the ground, now is the ideal time for growers to set aside a few hours to hear from industry experts about the latest outcomes from grains research programs and how they can potentially advance Mallee farming systems,” Mr Mott said.

“Mallee grain growers are confronted by a range of challenges so any opportunity to learn about how they can possibly overcome these constraints and lift yields and profitability is worth considering.”

Speakers at the Update, which is supported by Mallee Sustainable Farming, include Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide who will discuss how growers can deal with the overuse of Imidazolinone chemistries.

Alison Frischke from BCG will advise on opportunities for better grazing management through new dual purpose crops, as well as results from BCG’s vetch/fodder termination trial.

Agriculture Victoria’s Mark McLean will outline which diseases are on the cereal pathology watch-list for 2016, given the forecast of wetter-than-average conditions over the coming months.

Managing profit and risk when investing in fertiliser nitrogen for sandy soils will be the topic of a presentation by Rick Llewellyn from CSIRO, while Jason Brand from Agriculture Victoria will enlighten growers on advances coming through the pulse breeding pipeline as well as the latest information on pulse disease management.

The Update will be at the Ouyen Football Club Rooms from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided. For a detailed program and to register for the event please visit www.grdc.com.au/updatedates or phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.

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