Have a say on regional grains R&D at southern local forums
Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 24 May 2018
Grain growers and other industry stakeholders are being provided with the opportunity to discuss grains research, development and extension investments at Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Local Forums in Victoria and South Australia in June and July.
The GRDC’s Southern Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) is hosting the interactive forums in Victoria at Dookie on June 18, Sale on June 20, Lalbert on June 22 and Derrinallum on July 3, and in SA at Kapinnie on June 26 and Pinnaroo on June 28.
Southern RCSN co-ordinator Jen Lillecrapp says the forums are another way for GRDC staff and members of the RCSN and GRDC Southern Regional Panel to listen to growers and explain relevant research, development and extension (RD&E) investments and activities.
“The forums – a concept introduced in 2017 – will provide local growers and industry stakeholders with the opportunity to have their say on the important constraints and profit-growth opportunities, and to learn about, discuss and shape future RD&E,” Mrs Lillecrapp says.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Darren Arney, says participants will be able to hear from and discuss with specialists the application of the latest findings and expected outcomes of GRDC investments in RD&E.
“The forums enable the GRDC and its RCSN to ensure that the most important issues which impact on profitability of growers, in the areas where each of the Local Forums are being held, have been recognised and understood,” Mr Arney says.
Dookie and Sale Local Forum
The focus topic of the Dookie forum will be strategies to optimise canola yield and profitability, while the two focus topics of the Sale forum will be subsoil amelioration to increase infiltration, water-holding capacity and plant available water, and nutrition strategies to increase production and profitability.
Derrinallum and Lalbert Local Forum
Understanding any potential risk of herbicide carryover in soils and potential implications for the emergence and productivity of subsequent crops will be a focus of discussions at Lalbert, while nutrition to fill the yield gap in the high rainfall zone and mid-row banding of nitrogen fertiliser will be key issues to be delved into at Derrinallum.
The Victorian forums will be from 9am to 12.30pm, followed by lunch.
Kapinnie Local Forum
In SA, the Kapinnie event, which will have focus topics of managing weeds, insects and chemical resistance in retained stubble systems, will be included as part of a GRDC Stubble Initiative forum being hosted by the Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association (LEADA).
The GRDC Local Forum at the Kapinnie Football and Netball Club will be from 9am to 12.30pm, followed by lunch. The LEADA forum, starting at the clubrooms but also including a paddock and seeding inspection, is from 1pm to 6pm, followed by dinner.
Pinnaroo Local Forum
Increasing the productivity of sandy soils will be the focus topic of the Pinnaroo Local Forum, to be held at the Pinnaroo Football and Netball Club from 9am to 12.30pm, with lunch to follow.
The Southern RCSN comprises 38 members – 21 growers, 13 advisers and four researchers, plus 10 members of the Southern Panel – who are spread throughout SA, Tasmania and Victoria.
“The RCSN provides a two-way links between local growers and industry stakeholders and the GRDC and its RD&E partners,” Mrs Lillecrapp says.
“The network helps to identify and understand the important constraints and opportunities which assists the GRDC in planning and delivering RD&E that will deliver the greatest benefit for growers.”
Growers, advisers and grains industry personnel wishing to raise an issue are encouraged to contact a member or lead of an RCSN directly
Jen Lillecrapp, RCSN co-ordinator
Darren Arney, GRDC
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
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