Updates session to focus on frost early sowing

Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 19 Feb 2016

A crop planet with frosted leafs

The Grains Research Update, Perth, will include an ‘early sowing opportunities and managing frost risk’ focus session that will help participants understand risks and opportunities associated with farm planning decisions.

Growers and advisers attending this year’s Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update, Perth, are invited to join an interactive focus session discussing early crop sowing opportunities and frost risk management.

Opportunities to sow crops early can lead to significant yield gains.

However, frost is a significant risk in Western Australian grain production areas and can cause devastating yield losses in a farm business. It is one of several risks that need careful consideration if growers want to sow crops early.

An ‘early sowing opportunities and managing frost risk’ focus session will be held at the Updates from 2.10 to 5pm on Tuesday, March 1, featuring an expert panel presenting the latest information about opportunities to sow early, variety selection and risk management strategies for frost.

Speakers will include Peter Roberts, chairman of the GRDC’s Western Regional Panel and GRDC National Frost Initiative steering committee, who will launch a Managing frost risk – tips and tactics publication available by following this link.

Ben Biddulph, of the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), will discuss recently released frost rankings for frost and how to use them.

The rankings are available via an interactive tool by following this link and have been developed by the GRDC National Frost Initiative, which takes a multi-discipline approach to frost mitigation that encompasses genetic, management and environmental solutions.

Frost is a major priority area for the GRDC, which invests $5 million per annum in frost.

The GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth, is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 29 and March 1 and registrations can be made by following this link.

Contact Details


Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827

GRDC Project Code UA00136, DAFWA00234, UW00005

Region West