Low rainfall cropping research in focus at Wudinna
Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 26 Jul 2016
Opportunities for crop yield and profit growth on South Australia’s Upper Eyre Peninsula will be outlined and discussed at a grains research forum in Wudinna next month.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a Grains Research Update on August 18 at the Wudinna Community Club.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Mark Stanley, of Port Lincoln, says the Update will offer growers and advisers the chance to learn of the latest advances in relevant low rainfall cropping research.
“Crop production is becoming increasingly complex especially as cropping intensity has increased on Upper EP, but outcomes from GRDC-funded research and development are addressing these issues, to assist growers in this part of the world to remain productive and profitable,” Mr Stanley said.
“The Update at Wudinna presents an excellent opportunity for growers and agronomists to hear directly from key local and interstate researchers on topics of local significance and applicability.”
Michael Moodie from Moodie Ag will speak about the economic and agronomic role of break crops on the Upper EP. Mr Moodie will detail local production data behind “best bet recommendations” for break crops in the region.
Lukas Van Zwieten of New South Wales Department of Primary Industries will discuss whether herbicide residues in soil are an issue, while Greg Baker from the SA Research and Development Institute (SARDI) will provide an overview on the status of the newly identified pest, Russian Wheat Aphid, and the management options available to growers.
SARDI’s Brian Dzoma and Amanda Cook will give an update on local research projects looking at the impact of herbicide application on medic nodulation and the effect of high stubble loads on herbicide efficacy.
Consultant Ken Solly will deliver advice on how to avoid making mistakes when under pressure and strategies to keep things in perspective.
Supported by Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation, the Update will be from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided.
Mark Stanley, GRDC Southern Panel
Matt McCarthy, ORM
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Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli