Campbell Town to host grains research forum

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 28 Jun 2016

Portrait of Keith Pengilley GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley, of Conara, says the Grains Research Update at Campbell Town will be of enormous value to local growers.

Innovative techniques to manage the impacts of waterlogging will be one of the topics up for discussion next month at a grains research forum in Campbell Town.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), with support from Southern Farming Systems (SFS), is hosting a Grains Research Update at The Grange on July 21.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair and Conara mixed farmer, Keith Pengilley, says the event will be of enormous value to local growers.

“The 2016 season has already proven to be a very challenging one for many farmers in our State and the seasonal conditions are likely to have ongoing repercussions,” Mr Pengilley said.

“The Grains Research Update at Campbell Town will provide growers with advice and information on a range of cropping issues to support them through the remainder of the year.”

Hagley (Tasmania) grain grower and Nuffield Scholar Greg Gibson will discuss how innovative management techniques can reduce yield losses from waterlogging. He will also relay his recent experiences with strip tillage as a conservation tillage practice.

Andrew Milgate from New South Wales Department of Primary Industries will outline the latest findings on Septoria tritici blotch in wheat and implications for Tasmanian growers in relation to fungicide resistance and future best practice management strategies.

Georgina Moloney from Southern Farming Systems will detail highlights from the farming systems group’s irrigated cereal and canola project, which demonstrated that manipulating canola row spacing can increase yields by 25 percent.

Control of herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass in canola crops will be the topic of a presentation by Gurjeet Gill from the University of Adelaide.

Michael Nash from the South Australian Research and Development Institute will provide insights into slug control, with a focus on bait persistence and environmental triggers for slug activity.

Consultant Simon Falkiner will discuss underground incorporation of pastures and alternative legume pasture options for Tasmanian farmers.

The Update will be at The Grange from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided. For a detailed program and to register for the event please visit the GRDC Update Dates page or phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email

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