Low rainfall grains R&D focus at Merredin Update

Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 23 Feb 2017

CAPTION: GRDC Western Regional Grower Services Manager Roger States encourages growers from the Kwinana East region to attend a GRDC Grains Research Update at Merredin on March 9.

Producing grain in the lower rainfall Kwinana East port zone creates many challenges for growers in managing soil moisture, risks of frost and heat stress, time of sowing and weeds.

Tactics and latest research and development findings addressing these priority issues to lift productivity and profits in this region are the focus of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update being held in Merredin on March 9.

This event is being hosted by the Merredin and District Farm Improvement Group (MADFIG) at the Merredin Regional Community Leisure Centre and registrations can be made through the Grain Industry of Western Australia (GIWA) updates page.

It is part of a series of GRDC Grains Research Update events being staged across the Western Australian grainbelt, with programs specifically targeting the key issues arising in each crop production area.

At the Kwinana East port zone event in Merredin, this will include strategies to mitigate frost risk by manipulating nutrition, varieties and stubble and tactics for optimising results from early sowing.

Other topics will focus on: herbicide rates, mixes and persistence in wet and dry soils; new developments in crop and pasture varieties; and risks of soil-borne diseases.

A team of researchers will discuss how to make soil amelioration practices pay in lower rainfall environments, including latest soil acidity trial results and grower experiences in the region.

From a local to a global perspective, the Grains Research Update, Kwinana East event will host international speaker David Hughes, an expert in the food and drink sector based at the Imperial College in London. He will discuss world consumer trends.

Also on the agenda is Professor Simon Cook, the Premier’s Fellow in Agriculture and Food, Curtin and Murdoch Universities, who will outline the implications of ‘big data’ developments in WA agriculture.

Many of the speakers at the GRDC Grains Research Update, Kwinana East are also presenting at the GRDC’s Grains Research Update, Perth – being held on February 27-28 at Crown Perth.

GRDC Western Regional Grower Services Manager Roger States encouraged grain growers to attend the Update event that was most convenient for them.

“Programs for each of the events focus on information specific to the region in which they are held and are aimed at helping local growers increase their profitability,” he said.

“The Updates are also a great opportunity for growers to network with each other, presenters and a range of industry people attending the events - and to ask experts about a range of topics that are important to their grain businesses.”

More information, programs and registration details for the GRDC Grains Research Update events are available on the GIWA website.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Rachel Nash, GIWA
08 6262 2128


Melissa Williams, Cox Inall Communications
0428 884 414

GRDC Project Code GIA00004

Region West