Cropping issues new and old on the agenda at Ardrossan

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 11 Jul 2016

Peter Newman from the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative will discuss outsmarting the weed seed bank at the Ardrossan Grains Research Update.

Croping issues both emerging and established will be front and centre at a grains research forum in Ardrossan next month.

New pest Russian wheat aphid and perennial problems such as herbicide resistant weeds and snails will be among the topics for discussion at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update on August 2.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Bill Long, of Ardrossan, says the Update will tackle the topics of most concern to grain growers on Yorke Peninsula and through the Mid and Lower North regions.

“The event will provide growers and their advisers with the latest research insights, to be delivered by some of the most knowledgeable grains industry personnel,” Mr Long said.

“The 2016 cropping season is off to such a promising start in this region, and the GRDC wants to ensure that growers are given access to information and advice to carry them through to what will hopefully be a bountiful harvest.”

Supported by the YP Alkaline Soils Group, the Update will feature Western Australian-based herbicide resistance expert Peter Newman.

Mr Newman, from the GRDC-funded Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative, will advise growers that the dream of a very low weed seed bank is attainable by using the weed control tools available to them.

Detected in Australia for the first time in May, Russian wheat aphid is now established in parts of SA’s cropping regions. Greg Baker from the SA Research and Development Institute will offer an overview of this new pest and appropriate management options.

Mr Baker will also discuss snails, detailing results from new camera monitoring research and what these mean in terms of existing recommendations.

Peter Semmler from Agri Semm will explore the factors likely to impact on pulse supply, demand and pricing over the next six to twelve months, while Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide will discuss how growers can deal with the overuse of Imidazolinone chemistries.

CSIRO researcher Mike McLaughlin, who is deputy chair of the GRDC Southern Panel, will answer questions on the need for potassium in local cropping systems.

The Update will be at the Ardrossan RSL Sub Branch 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

For Interviews

Bill Long, GRDC Southern Panel

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Matt McCarthy, ORM

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