Growers and agronomists wanting to be on the front foot in 2018 are invited to attend the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s NSW Grains Research Updates.
Held in February and March, the updates are a chance for growers and agronomists to stay informed with seasonal advice and support.
GRDC senior manager Jan Edwards said GRDC investment directions, innovation and research to guide on-farm decision-making were key themes across this year’s updates.
She said on the theme of innovation, David Lamb from the University of New England’s Smart Farm would be presenting on experiences gained across a range of automation technology uses on-farm.
‘‘This includes the use of sensors, telemetry, data capture and management, all of which are hot topics.
‘‘To have David Lamb talk specifically about lived experience and relevant research in this area will provide growers and agronomists with great insight,’’ she said.
‘‘Other field-based insight will come from Colin McMaster, who will delve into a survey of 90 commercial canola paddocks in Central NSW and precision seeding trials to discuss how growers established seeding equipment, and what worked in terms of seed placement and crop establishment.’’
Additional sessions will feature Peter Hayman talking about understanding and managing frost risk, the CSIRO’s John Kirkegaard on key farming system decision points, canola diseases updates and chickpea management.
‘‘The update programs are developed to bring growers the latest cutting-edge innovation and research outcomes from the GRDC extensive RD&E (research, development and extension) investments,’’ Ms Edwards said.
‘‘They are a mix of farm-ready research results that growers can apply directly to their farming operations, as well as perspectives on trends in grain production and agriculture provided by Australian and international speakers.
‘‘These programs are developed in consultation with local farming groups and agronomists so the information is locally relevant and ties in with seasonal conditions — and I strongly recommend growers and agronomists attend.’’
The 2018 GRDC NSW updates will be held at:
■Wagga Wagga — Charles Sturt University, Joyes Hall, Pine Gully Rd, Wagga Wagga on February 13 and 14.
■Corowa — Corowa RSL, 30 Betterment Pde, Corowa on February 15.
■Dubbo — Dubbo RSL, 178 Brisbane St, Dubbo on February 27 and 28.
■Wee Waa — Imperial Hotel Function Room, 104 Rose St, Wee Waa on March 1.
■Breeza — Breeza Hall, Kamilaroi Hwy, Breeza on March 2.
■The Rock — The Rock Memorial Bowling Club, 86 Urana St, The Rock on March 15.
■Condobolin (Farm Business Update) — Condobolin RSL Club, 20 McDonnell St, Condobolin on March 22.
■For more details go to: https://grdc.com.au/events/list