Hop into hot crop topics at Skipton research forum
The market outlook for grains produced in south-west Victoria and the cropping issues of most concern to local growers will be topics front and centre at a grains research forum in Skipton this month.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a Grains Research Update on August 25 at the Skipton Golf Club.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Jon Midwood says the Update will offer local growers the opportunity to hear from a range of industry experts who will deliver information on the latest outcomes from industry research efforts.
“Increasingly important issues such as herbicide resistance and weed management, the Russian Wheat Aphid, crop rotations and crop nutrition will be on the agenda and are likely to generate healthy discussion on the day,” Mr Midwood said.
Market analyst Andrew Whitelaw, from Mercado, will provide context for the event by presenting an overview of the markets for grain produced in the region and the likely triggers for any changes in global supply and demand.
Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide will discuss what growers can do to extend the life of the herbicides they use for weed control, including the use of non-herbicide practices to reduce the risk of herbicide resistance.
Michael Nash from SARDI will provide an overview on the status of the newly identified pest, Russian Wheat Aphid, the recommended management options available to growers and the role of beneficial insects in keeping aphid populations in check.
Rob Norton from the International Plant Nutrition Institute will discuss crops’ potassium and sulphur requirements, with a focus on removal and replacement benchmarks for key crops and hay.
Local research investigating the incorporation of short-term pasture phases into crop rotations to manage weeds and boost soil nitrogen will be detailed by Annieka Paridaen from Premier Ag Consulting.
Supported by Southern Farming Systems (SFS), the Update will be from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided.
Jon Midwood, GRDC Southern Panel
Matt McCarthy, ORM
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