Meeting for grain growers

Maitland Grains Research Update guest speaker Ben White, from the GRDC’s Grain Storage Extension team, will explore options for maintaining the quality of cereals and pulses in storage. Photo: Melissa Powell.
Maitland Grains Research Update guest speaker Ben White, from the GRDC’s Grain Storage Extension team, will explore options for maintaining the quality of cereals and pulses in storage. Photo: Melissa Powell.

Grain growers preparing for the 2019 cropping season will gather in Maitland this month to learn of the latest outcomes from grains research and development with the potential to deliver positive impact on-farm.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a regional Grains Research Update at the Central Yorke Football Club on February 14.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Courtney Ramsey, said the update will present the latest research findings, advice and recommendations for informing growers’ tactical decision-making for improved profitability.

“It is critical that our growers and advisers are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and resources to inform their decisions and guide them through the coming cropping season and beyond, and that is the purpose of Grains Research Updates,” she said.

Among the guest speakers will be Annie Ruttledge from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries who will discuss the impact of chaff lining on weed seed persistence and emergence of weeds.

Consultant Ben White, from the GRDC’s Grain Storage Extension team, will explore options for maintaining the quality of cereals and pulses in storage.

Novel snail control options and factors influencing performance of baits, including bait efficacy and timing of application, will be addressed by entomologist Helen Brodie from the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

Michael Zerner from Landmark Pfitzner and Kleinig will discuss the effectiveness of a hand-held near infra-red tool in providing a rapid assessment of a crop’s nitrogen tissue concentration across the paddock, while SARDI research scientist Katherine Linsell will speak about the release of root lesion nematode resistance ratings in pulses.

The update will be from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided. For a detailed program and to register, please visit https://grdc.com.au/events/list or phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.