Southern grain growers have the opportunity to tap into a new world of crop management advice with the release of three new winter cropping GrowNotes by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
Incorporating the latest research findings and management advice for southern region growers and advisers, a new suite of GrowNotes on Wheat and Canola was launched at the GRDC Grains Research Update in Adelaide.
The Barley GrowNote will be launched at the GRDC Update at Bendigo on February 23.
GRDC GrowNotes have become an essential go-to resource for growers throughout Australia. The crop-focused publications can be found at www.grdc.com.au/GrowNotes
GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley described the GrowNotes as ‘‘living documents’’ that were regularly updated when the latest research results came in.
‘‘The biggest thing I see with GrowNotes is they give every grower the ability to look at the latest research that is coming out and use that to help them make the best management decisions they can on their farms,’’ he said.
Mr Pengilley said one of the key features of the GrowNotes was the comprehensive list of links within them.
‘‘If we, as growers, need to know more information or contact the researchers and experts in those fields we have a pathway to get more in-depth information and have a discussion on how to use the information to enhance the crops that are about to be planted or are in the ground,’’ he said.
‘‘Because it is a living document that is regularly being updated we can go back and refer to it any time throughout the year when there is an issue in the paddock or we are planting.’’
Agricultural consultant Mick Faulkner from Agrilink Agricultural Consultants, Watervale, said a lot of work had been done on identifying varietal differences that related to frost.
‘‘GRDC projects are identifying varieties that are more damaged by frost than others, and those that are handling frost slightly better.
‘‘No variety is frost-resistant and is ever likely to be. There are minor differences in varieties when frost occurs at flowering time,’’ he said.
‘‘While flowering isn’t the only susceptible time, it is still important to have some tools that can reduce the damage, even if it is by the smallest amount.’’