New agronomist oversees trials

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Agronomist Rachel Herron now manages crop trials in the Goodiwindi/Moree and Mungindi/Balonne districts for the Northern Grower Alliance.

Agronomist Rachel Herron has joined the Northern Grower Alliance (NGA) to manage crop trials in the Goondiwindi/Moree and Mungindi/Balonne districts.

Since taking up the Goondiwindi-based role this year, Ms Herron has been conducting trials to investigate winter cropping issues, such as how nematodes affect yield and control of fleabane and feathertop Rhodes grass.

“Weed control is still a major issue in many areas, especially with the emergence of glyphosate-resistant weeds and the large increase in cotton plantings,” Ms Herron says.

She says the herbicide trials aim to identify a range of weed management strategies.

Ms Herron has taken over part of the area overseen by Anthony Mitchell, who has taken on a new NGA role at Gunnedah.

“Some of the trials are a continuation of previous work, building upon the results already collected, but there are also a number of new projects looking at issues raised by agronomists and growers at the end of last winter.”

After growing up on a beef cattle property at Crows Nest in Queensland, Ms Herron studied agronomy at the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus. She subsequently worked as an agronomist and seed analyst on the Darling Downs before taking up the new position.

More information: Rachel Herron, 0447 924 917, rachel.herron@nga.org.au; www.grdc.com.au/NGA00003

GRDC Project Code NGA00003

Region North