Southern region pulse growers tune in for expert advice

Author: | Date: 12 Mar 2019

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GRDC Manager of Systems and Agronomy – South, Andrew Etherton, says the Growing Pulses webinar series will be a valuable addition to growers’ preparations for the 2019 cropping season.

An innovative approach to preparing for the coming cropping season will enable pulse growers to hear from leading industry experts without leaving the farm.

As part of the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) Southern Region Pulse Extension Project, a series of short online webinars will be held throughout March.

Industry experts will provide an overview of relevant agronomic information, pulse research findings and current market information by pulse crop type.

GRDC Manager of Systems and Agronomy – South, Andrew Etherton, says the Growing Pulses webinar series will be a valuable addition to growers’ preparations for the 2019 cropping season.

“The GRDC recognises that this is a busy time of the year for growers, with so many events on the calendar ahead of sowing,” Mr Etherton said.

“We have therefore chosen a webinar format for the pulse crop forums, so growers and other industry personnel can conveniently tune in from their homes or offices.

“Each webinar is focused on a particular crop type so growers and others can choose which webinars are best suited to their interests and needs.”

The GRDC Southern Region Pulse Extension Project (‘Building capacity, skills and knowledge for the pulse industry in the southern region: Supporting expansion of high value pulses into new areas and ensuring sustained profitability of all key pulse crops’)began in 2017 and is delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across the GRDC’s southern region.

Its objective is to increase the knowledge of growers and advisers on sustainable pulse production, leading to improved farming systems and grower profitability in the southern region.

Growers are encouraged to join the webinars live to interact with industry experts and to extract the most value from each forum. Webinar recordings will be made available on the GRDC website following the events.

The following dates and times have been confirmed for each of the pulse crop types:

  • Beans: Tuesday, March 19, at 12pm AEDT
  • Vetch: Wednesday, March 20, at 10.30am AEDT
  • Field peas: Wednesday, March 20, at 12pm AEDT
  • Lentils: Friday, March 22, at 10.30am AEDT
  • Chickpeas: Friday, March 22, at 12pm AEDT

Registration is not required. To join the webinar please follow the link in the flyer, at the nominated time. If you have not participated in a webinar before, it is recommended to join 10 minutes prior to the starting time to allow for software setup.

The webinar program will provide computer audio and phone-in options. If bandwidth is a problem in your area, phone-in is recommended (be aware that charges may apply from your carrier). To add the webinar to your calendar, click the “+” icon next to the webinar title.

Enquiries can be directed to Southern Region Pulse Extension Project Manager, Pru Cook, at pru.cook@bcg.org.au or on 0438 923 258.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Pru Cook, SPE Project Manager
0438 923 258

Contact

Sharon Watt, GRDC
0409 675 100
sharon.watt@grdc.com.au

GRDC Project code: BWD9175825