The good oil from grains research to flow at Walpeup forum
Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 22 Jun 2018
Extracting improved profitability out of Mallee farming systems will be the impetus of a grains research forum at Walpeup next month.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting the Walpeup Grains Research Update on July 17 when topics such as insect management, sandy soil productivity, the effect of stubble on available nitrogen, long fallows and pulse inoculation will be dissected and discussed.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Darren Arney, says the Update will be of enormous value to growers in the region who are looking to generate increased returns from their grain-growing enterprises.
“Opportunities exist for Mallee growers to employ new technologies, develop new understandings and adjust their practices – for potential bottom-line benefits,” Mr Arney said.
“To support growers looking to improve their enterprises, experts speaking at the Grains Research Update at Walpeup will be presenting new knowledge and advice emerging from regionally-relevant research and development investments, so I encourage growers to come along and be informed about advances in their industry.”
Among the speakers will be James Hunt from La Trobe University who will outline what effect stubble has on nitrogen tie-up and supply. Mr Hunt will detail simple stubble and nitrogen fertiliser management techniques to limit nutrient tie-up.
Entomologist James Maino, of research organisation cesar, will discuss methods for control of mites and aphids and the status of insecticide resistance within these cropping pest species.
CSIRO’s Therese McBeath will look at fertiliser tactics growers can employ to drive productivity on sandy soils and will provide a cost-benefit analysis of effective soil amelioration techniques.
An economic whole-farm analysis comparing rotations with and without long fallows in the Mallee will be offered by David Cann of La Trobe University.
Liz Farquharson from the South Australian Research and Development Institute will delve into the use of inoculants for optimum performance in pulse crops. She will discuss impact of inoculant type, dry sowing and additives, as well as the potential commercial release of new strains of rhizobia.
Partnered by Mallee Sustainable Farming, the Update will be held at the Walpeup Memorial Hall from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided.
Following lunch, an optional inspection of local research trials will be led by Landmark personnel.
Darren Arney, GRDC
Phone 0447 877178
Matt McCarthy, ORM
Phone (03) 5441 6176
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
Phone 0409 675100
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