Cropping experts in Campbell Town to update growers
Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 22 Jun 2018
Experts from across Australia will descend on Campbell Town next month for a grains research forum designed to inform local grain growers’ decision-making.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting the Campbell Town Grains Research Update on July 13 when topics such as herbicide resistant weeds, hyper-yielding cereals, diseases and crop nutrition will be dissected and discussed.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Darren Arney, says the Update provides Tasmanian growers and their advisers with a unique opportunity to hear about the latest outcomes and insights from relevant research and development.
“Tasmanian grain growers face a set of challenges quite different from those in other cropping regions, so it is important that they are being provided with information, advice and support that is specifically tailored to address the challenges and opportunities they experience,” Mr Arney said.
“The Grains Research Update at Campbell Town will be an important forum for delivering just that.”
Among the speakers will be Gurjeet Gill from the University of Adelaide, who will discuss the tactics available to Tasmanian growers to drive down herbicide resistance within their farming systems.
Tracey Wylie from FAR Australia will speak on two topics – the latest results from the GRDC’s Hyper Yielding Cereals Project investment at Hagley, and developments in the troublesome septoria tritici disease.
Agriculture Victoria’s Malcolm McCaskill will outline the yield and economic potential of high-input cropping systems and will detail field trials underway in Tasmania.
Tony Swan from CSIRO will assist growers in understanding the effect of stubble on nitrogen tie-up and supply, while Jon Midwood from Southern Farming Systems will review wheat and barley varieties suited to the high rainfall zone.
Partnered by Southern Farming Systems, the Update will be held at The Grange Meeting and Function Centre from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided.
Darren Arney, GRDC
Phone 0447 877178
Matt McCarthy, ORM
Phone (03) 5441 6176
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
Phone 0409 675100
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