GRDC Grains Research Update Coonabarabran 2015

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Coonabarabran 26th - 26th February 2015

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General Plenary Day 1

Soil sodicity: Chemistry; physics and amelioration. Soil structural & plant impacts; including: pH interactions, PW and PAWC, nutrient availability, root growth and other factors.
Prof. Neal Menzies (UQ)

Finding more yield and profit from farming systems
Simon Fritsch (AgriPath)

Making good decisions great. Questions to challenge and improve decision making
Cam Nicholson (Nicon Rural Services)

Social media for ageing agronomists: Social media to speed access to and share new stuff
Pru Cook (GRDC)

Nutrition concurrent session

Regional research update: Micronutrient and nutritional research in chickpeas; Fine tuning nitrogen in canola; Chelated micronutrient application at GS32 in cereals.
Andrew Verrell, Leigh Jenkins and Greg Brooke (NSW DPI) and Maurie Street (GOA)

Managing nutrition in sodic soils 
Chris Guppy (UNE)

Nitrogen management in wheat: Impact of timing and slow release products on canopy management and yield; Late N for protein – do multiple low rates improve efficacy and economics?
Richard Daniel (NGA)

Summer crop concurrent session

Grain sorghum: Varietal reactions to heat stress and environment – what are they and why the differences? Seed set; root growth; tillering and maturity. Implications for varietal selection.
Prof. Graeme Hammer (UQ)

Sorghum agronomy research update: Dryland and irrigated trials to maximise yield potential. Pulling together the variables of variety, sowing time, nutrition, row spacing and population.
Loretta Serafin & Guy McMullen (NSW DPI)

High yield irrigated sorghum research: Yield targets for happy clients! (no paper)
Trevor Philp (Pacific Seeds)

Alternate end uses and emerging markets for grain sorghum and opportunities to value add. (no paper) 
Ross Naidoo (DAFF Qld)

Concurrent session 1 (day 1)

Managing frost risk in warmer seasons – not as easy as you may think! 
Jack Christopher (DAFF Qld)

Cereal breeding directions for the Northern Region: Gene markers, technologies and new traits to add value.
Haydn Kuchel (AGT)

General Plenary Day 2

Disc and tyne seeders, crop establishment and crop safety with pre-emergent herbicides
Sam Kleemann (University of Adelaide)

Chemistry in the spray tank to avoid reactions you don’t want! Managing pH, water volume and hardness, formulation types, tank mixes and mixing order.
Rob Buttimor (Senior formulation chemist Dow AgroSciences)

Cereal agronomy concurrent session

New across site analysis of northern wheat and barley varietal performance: A totally new method for reporting and interpreting varietal evaluation trials (no paper)
Peter Martin (Howqua Consulting)

Variety Specific Agronomy Packages for cereals: Adapting agronomy to variety, nutrition, sowing date and region
Rick Graham & Guy McMullen (NSW DPI)

Wheat variety response to sowing time and quantifying the yield impact: Comparing strategies to select varieties with a more stable yield across sowing dates or switching to a shorter season variety at later dates? How big is the bet and what are the odds?
Rick Graham & Guy McMullen (NSW DPI)

Disease update: Stripe rust in high yield crops of Suntop and Lancer – what’s happening? Leaf rust and the development of the Naparoo attacking pathotype (no paper)
Steve Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI)

Pulse concurrent session

Insect management research in fababeans & canola
Melina Miles (DAFF Qld)

Chickpea and mungbeans research to maximise yield
Andrew Verrell & Leigh Jenkins (NSW DPI)

Ascochyta: Is the pathogen changing and what are the implications for management?
Kevin Moore (NSW DPI)

A new tool to test if Phytophthora is building to damaging levels in rotation: PredictaB. How damaging is Phytophthora and applied management
Sean Bithell (NSW DPI)

Weeds concurrent session

Herbicide resistance survey: A brief update on what’s out there
Maurie Street (GOA)

NGA weeds research update: Comparison of new herbicide options for problem weeds in chickpeas; Residual chemistry in crops and fallow
Richard Daniel (NGA)

Local weeds research (no paper)
Greg Brooke (NSW DPI) & Maurie Street (GOA)