What to do with a wet crop: discussions to flow at Derrinallum

Author: | Date: 13 Aug 2019

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GRDC RCSN zone lead and consultant Cam Nicholson says the wet crops workshop at Derrinallum will provide an opportunity for a facilitated discussion between growers, agronomists and other technical experts about crop recovery tactics and options for re-sowing. Photo: Alistair Lawson/GRDC

Many crops in south western Victoria are showing signs of excess moisture stress following above average rainfall this winter.

To support grain growers in their decision-making around what to do with affected crops, Southern Farming Systems (SFS) has organised a wet crops workshop to be held at Derrinallum on Thursday, August 22.

The workshop, from 1.30-4.30pm, will follow the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update at the Derrinallum Community Hall.

The workshop has been organised following a recent GRDC Southern Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) high rainfall zone meeting where growers and advisers raised concerns about management of sodden crops.

GRDC RCSN zone lead and consultant Cam Nicholson says the workshop will provide an opportunity for a facilitated discussion between growers, agronomists and other technical experts about crop recovery tactics and options for re-sowing.

“The workshop will discuss whether growers should persevere with their affected crops or write them off and consider other options,” Mr Nicholson says.

“Management of nutrients, weeds and diseases in salvageable crops will also be on the agenda, along with the seasonal forecast for spring-summer, and spring sowing options.”

Mr Nicholson says the workshop offers growers and advisers a chance to share their observations and experiences, and to compare the decision-making tools they’re using and their crop management strategies.

A Twitter campaign, #WetCrops19, has been instigated to stimulate conversation around the issue and to enable sharing of experiences.

For more information about the workshop, contact Zoe Creelman at SFS on 0490 902331.

The GRDC Grains Research Update will be from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided. For a detailed program and to register, phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Cam Nicholson, Nicon Rural Services
0417 311 098

Contact

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

GRDC Project code: ORM00014