Grain gain the aim of Albany Panel tour

Author: | Date: 03 Sep 2018

Picture of GRDC Western Region Panel members, staff and board members
GRDC Western Region Panel members, staff and board members meeting with growers during a spring tour in 2017. PHOTO: GRDC.

Managing crop diseases and overcoming soil constraints are some of the challenges to optimising grain production in high rainfall areas of the Albany port zone of Western Australia.

These issues may be among areas for discussion between local growers, advisers and other industry stakeholders when the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) Western Region Panel tours this region from September 17 to 20.

The road trip is part of the Panel’s annual fact-finding missions to help identify priority areas for GRDC investments into grains research development and extension (RD&E) and follows a similar tour through WA’s Kwinana West port zone in July-August.

GRDC Western Region Panel chair Darrin Lee said Panel tours were held each year to help collect grower and stakeholder feedback about how grain levies could be best invested to ensure sustainable grower profitability.

"Areas GRDC invests in with relevance to WA include, but are not restricted to, farming systems and rotations, agronomy of cereal and grain legumes, soil amelioration, crop nutrition, weeds, frost, disease and pests,” he said.

The Albany port zone tour delegates will comprise GRDC Western Regional Panel members and key GRDC personnel who will visit Hay River, Manjimup, Frankland, Woogenellup, Mount Barker, Gairdner, Bremer Bay, Wellstead and Green Range.

Mr Lee said feedback collected from grain growers and wider industry representatives during this tour would help refine the GRDC’s RD&E investment priorities and plans at a local, regional and national level.

“Fungicide use and dealing with fungicide resistance are also commonly raised as issues in high rainfall zones including the Albany port zone, and the GRDC is making significant investments to address this with Curtin University at the Centre for Crop and Disease Management,” he said.

“Many growers in the Albany port zone have also previously indicated they want cost analysis and assessment of the effectiveness of deep ripping and other soil amelioration tactics to maintain the longevity of treatments and not reverse improvements, especially in areas prone to waterlogging.”

The GRDC's purpose is to invest in RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian growers.

Growers and industry people seeking details about the GRDC Western Regional Panel spring tours can contact the Perth office on 08 9230 4600.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Darrin Lee, GRDC
0427 281 021
blighleefarms@bigpond.com.au

Contact

Natalie Lee, GRDC
0427 189 827
natalie.lee@grdc.com.au