The GRDC out and about
GroundCover™ Issue: 125 Nov - Dec
The GRDC’s annual spring tours have again provided valuable opportunities for researchers, growers and their GRDC Panel representatives to meet and discuss research projects across the country.
The mood was buoyant across the regions as crops were finishing strongly on the back of a wet winter. The only dampener (aside from the rain and NSW floods) was low wheat prices.
The Southern Panel travelled through Victoria looking at cropping constraints that also affect growers in South Australia and Tasmania. Panel members, accompanied by the GRDC’s new managing director, Dr Steve Jefferies, and regional staff, travelled through the Mallee, Wimmera and south-west districts, where they met growers, farming systems groups, researchers and other industry personnel.
Wet and muddy conditions prevailed throughout the tour, during which issues such as blackleg in canola, waterlogging, lodging of crops, nutrient management, herbicide residues and herbicide resistance were raised and discussed. Locations visited included the Riverine Plains, Riverine Research Centre, the BCG field day at Warmur, Bayer CropScience’s wheat and oilseeds breeding centre at Longerenong, the Grains Innovation Park Horsham, Agriculture Victoria trial sites at Hamilton and Southern Farming Systems’ Inverleigh trial site.
The Hart Field Day in SA also provided a timely opportunity to assess the 2016 season and plan for the future.
Dr Jefferies also joined the tour in Western Australia, visiting grower groups in the northern agricultural region, including Mingenew, Mullewa, Nabawa, Northampton, Ajana and Yuna. Dr Jefferies said the tours are an opportunity to engage with growers, as well as glean new ideas for research. He said that during his term he was keen to move the GRDC from being seen as just a funding body to being a research partner with growers and research organisations.
As in the west and south, innovative grains research also took centre stage when the Northern Panel travelled through Queensland. The northern spring tour visited GRDC-funded trials investigating innovative farming systems, agronomic practices and soil and crop nutrition at sites on the eastern and western Darling Downs as well as western Queensland.
The group also travelled to Central Queensland, where they met researchers and grower solutions group representatives to discuss research into cereal agronomy, pulse agronomy and nutrition, and walk through a National Variety Trials site.
The GRDC’s new Northern Panel chair, John Minogue, says consulting with growers and industry personnel is critical to ensuring levies are directed into research and development activities that have a meaningful, lasting and profitable impact in the paddock.
Region North, South
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