GRDC panellists heading out to WA paddocks

Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 01 Sep 2014

GRDC Spring Tours taking place in a paddock.

Western Australian grain growers have the opportunity to directly express their research priorities to key decision makers in coming weeks.

Members of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) western regional panel, accompanied by other GRDC personnel including board members and staff, are embarking on three separate spring tours covering different areas of the WA grainbelt.

The first tour will meet with growers, grower groups, researchers and consultants in the Great Southern region from September 8 to 10, touring districts including Wandering, West Arthur, Kojonup and South Stirling.

This southern tour will be followed by a tour of the eastern grainbelt from September 22 to 24 and a tour of the northern grainbelt from October 1 to 3.

GRDC western regional panel chairman Peter Roberts said the annual tours provided the panel with important information about growers’ pressing production issues and priorities for research, development and extension (RD&E).

“Ongoing, direct consultation with growers is vital in order for the GRDC to refine its western research priorities and the spring tours are one particularly important way of achieving this,” Mr Roberts said.

“Feedback from growers helps the GRDC western regional panel – comprised of growers and other representatives of WA’s grain industry - ensure that all research hits the paddock and provides the best possible returns to growers.”

Mr Roberts said that as well as allowing panellists to hear first-hand about grower production issues, the GRDC western regional panel spring tours provided growers with an opportunity to ask questions about the GRDC and its investments.

“At the conclusion of the three western tours, panel members will come together to discuss their observations, findings and suggested actions,” he said.

Mr Roberts said panellists embarking on the southern spring tour would adopt a particularly investigative approach on key WA cropping issues including non-wetting soils, weeds and disease.

GRDC personnel participating in the southern tour include panellists Susan Hall, Mike Ewing and Bill Ryan, GRDC board member John Woods and GRDC staff member Sharyn Taylor.

Growers seeking information about the southern tour can contact Ms Hall on 0400 889 036 or susanhall@iinet.net.au.

Itinerary information will be finalised soon for the GRDC western regional panel tours of the eastern and northern grainbelt. 

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