Kendenup event to address locally-relevant topics

Author: | Date: 06 Feb 2019

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GRDC Grower Relations Manager West, Curtis Liebeck, encourages growers and other industry personnel to register for the GRDC Grains Research Update, Albany Zone, to be held at Kendenup on February 28. Photo by GRDC.

Grain growers in Western Australia’s Albany port zone area can hear from industry experts about the latest research and development (R&D) results relevant to their area during an industry forum this month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is holding a regional Grains Research Update at Kendenup Lodge on Thursday, February 28, hosted by local grower group Stirlings to Coast Farmers (SCF).

GRDC grower relations manager – west, Curtis Liebeck, said information presented at the Update aimed to help local growers address high priority production constraints and other factors impacting on their profitability.

“Regional GRDC Update events are attended by growers, agronomists, advisers, researchers and other industry personnel, and the topics are carefully tailored to cater for the needs of local producers,” he said.

“GRDC investment projects are a source for much of the research and development presented, and presenters have a strong focus on delivering information in a practical way, so that growers can potentially apply tactics, strategies and technologies on their own farms.”

Keynote speakers at the Kendenup event, addressing on-farm grain storage, will be grower and Nuffield scholar Andrew Freeth, of Gilgandra, New South Wales, and agricultural engineer Ben White, who is the Kondinin Group’s research manager, editor of Farming Ahead magazine and a member of the GRDC’s Grains Storage Extension team.

Concurrent sessions will focus on key themes including crop rotations, managing crop health, seeding strategies and managing soils.

On the subject of crop rotations, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) researcher Angelo Loi will explore the potential of new pasture-based crop rotations in the high rainfall zone (HRZ) and Elders agronomist James Bee will look at summer cropping in the HRZ and nutritional benefits to sheep.

Addressing crop health, DPIRD researcher Andrea Hills will speak about managing root lesion nematodes with profitable break crops, and Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) researcher Fran Lopez-Ruiz will talk about managing diseases in barley and fungicide resistance.

On the topic of seeding strategies, DPIRD’s Imma Farre and Martin Harries will cover optimal canola seeding strategies in dry seasons in the HRZ, and DPIRD’s Meredith Guthrie will address weather forecasting and seasonal decision making.

In the session about soil management, DPIRD researcher Gaus Azam will explore how soil type, lime rate and rainfall can affect subsoil acidity, and CSIRO researcher Roger Lawes will look at crop sensing and crop modelling, and optimising nitrogen decisions.

Other presentations at the Update will include:

  • SCF Data Network: How does it work? When will it be deployed? – Nick Hart, Pivotel
  • Snail mitigation – Mark Adams, Woodgenillup grower
  • Open discussion with CBH Group on glyphosate and snails – Jodie Kleyweg, CBH Group
  • South East Asian wheat quality requirements – Larisa Cato, Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre
  • Update on niche grain marketing opportunities in Asia – Nicholas Hunt, AAM

The GRDC Grains Research Update, Albany Zone, will be held from 8.30am to 4pm. The Update will be followed by an event organised by SCF to launch a new farmers cooperative, followed by entertainment and a sundowner, sponsored by Grain Growers Limited.

For more information or to register, go to or, or contact convenor the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA) on 08 6262 2128 or

Contact Details

For Interviews

Curtis Liebeck, GRDC Grower Relations Manager West
0436 665 361

Jo Wheeler, GRDC Grower Relations Manager West
0438 292 167


Natalie Lee, GRDC Communications Manager West
0427 189 827