Strong grower interest in new regional Update series

Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 02 Mar 2016

A man smiling, facing the camera, with silos in the background.

GRDC Western Regional Panel member Paul Kelly.

The new format for Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) regional Updates in Western Australia is proving popular with growers, with places for today’s Yuna Update selling out ahead of the event.

Managing seasonal variability is one of the issues being addressed at the GRDC Grains Research Update, Yuna, which has attracted about 120 participants to the Yuna Community Centre.

GRDC Western Regional Panel member and Mingenew grower Paul Kelly said the event provided access to leading experts at the cutting edge of research, and presentations of high relevance to growers in the Geraldton port zone. 

“The GRDC Grains Research Update, Yuna, is being hosted by the Yuna Farm Improvement Group and organised by North East Farming Futures, and is delivering new information to growers to help them boost farm productivity and profitability.

“This Update is one of three consolidated one-day regional GRDC Grains Research Updates being held in 2016, and is being followed by events at Katanning in the Albany zone on March 8 and Merredin in the Kwinana East Zone on March 9.”

During today’s plenary session titled ‘Rain, heat and frost! Managing seasonal variability’, David Stephens, of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre, is addressing changing climatic conditions, variable temperature patterns and unpredictable seasons in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR).

Other speakers in this session include Christine Zaicou-Kunesch, of the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), talking about time of sowing trials, and Greg Rebetzke, of CSIRO, who are delving into the topic of temperature extremes and its effect on wheat development and phenology.

A ‘Deep ripping – success stories’ plenary session includes speakers such as Bindi Isbister, of DAFWA, talking about deep ripping lessons learnt from 2015.

Chris Preston, of The University of Adelaide, is talking about ‘glyphosate resistant RT® canola’, and Nigel Metz, of the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA), is addressing farming automation technologies.

Other issues being delved into include NVT trial results; lime incorporation; precision placement of canola seed; maximising water use efficiency; and telecommunications.

Research papers from the GRDC Grains Research Update, Yuna, will be available here.

Contact Details 

For Interviews

Paul Kelly, GRDC Western Panel
0427 275 022

Rachel Nash, Grains Industry Association of WA
08 6262 2128


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

GRDC Project Code GIA00004

Region West