Naracoorte forum to deliver insights from grains research

Author: | Date: 07 Aug 2018

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Optimising yield and economic potential of high input cropping systems in the high rainfall zone (HRZ) will be the focus of a presentation at the Naracoorte Grains Research Update by Malcolm McCaskill of Agriculture Victoria. Photo: Fiona Robertson

South-East grain growers will gather in Naracoorte later this month to learn about the latest outcomes from research addressing their priority cropping issues.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a Grains Research Update in Naracoorte on August 22.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Randall Wilksch, says the Grains Research Update will provide growers with insights from GRDC research investments that have the potential to influence practice change and profit growth.

“Research efforts are constantly providing our grains industry with new knowledge, understandings and recommendations to support growers in their quest to build the profitability of their enterprises,” Mr Wilksch said.

“The Grains Research Update at Naracoorte offers growers an opportunity to hear from leading researchers about the work they are undertaking to address regionally important cropping constraints.”

James Maino, of research organisation cesar, will discuss options for control of mites and aphids, and the status of insecticide resistance within these cropping pest species.

Providing an overview on upper canopy blackleg infection in canola will be Steve Marcroft of Marcroft Grains Pathology who will also outline how the new blackleg management app can help inform growers’ agronomic decisions.

Optimising yield and economic potential of high input cropping systems in the high rainfall zone (HRZ) will be the focus of a presentation by Malcolm McCaskill of Agriculture Victoria.

Cam Nicholson from Nicon Rural Services will discuss management of pastures for improved crop production. He will provide a comparison of biomass production and nitrogen fixation under various annual legume species.

Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide will delve into the practicalities of dealing with herbicide resistance in the HRZ, and will detail recent work to understand the factors that affect the efficacy of glyphosate formulations.

The Update will be held at the Naracoorte Town Hall from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided (including lunch).

For a detailed program and to register for the Update, please visit phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email

Contact Details

For Interviews

Randall Wilksch, GRDC
Phone 0437 769098

Matt McCarthy, ORM
Phone (03) 5441 6176


Sharon Watt, GRDC
Phone 0409 675100