Up­date to pro­vide ‘farm-ready’ re­sults

Countryman - - NEWS -

Grow­ers, in­vestors and agri­cul­tural re­searchers will soon make their way to WA for the big­gest event on the State’s $5 bil­lion grain in­dus­try cal­en­dar.

Regis­tra­tions have opened for Grains Re­search De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s 2018 Grains Re­search Up­date, at Crown Perth on Fe­bru­ary 26 and 27.

The two-day pro­gram aims to show­case the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, re­search, mar­ket de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment in­no­va­tions.

GRDC western re­gional panel chair­man Peter Roberts said the line-up in­cluded a range of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional speak­ers, in­clud­ing Colorado State Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Todd Gaines.

“The up­date pro­vides a mix of ‘farm-ready’ re­search re­sults that grow­ers can ap­ply di­rectly to their farm­ing op­er­a­tions,” he said.

“As well as unique per­spec­tives about lead­ing trends in grain pro­duc­tion and agri­cul­ture pro­vided by Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional speak­ers.”

Mr Roberts said GRDC in­vest­ment di­rec­tions, in­no­va­tion and the im­pact of new en­abling grain breed­ing tech­nolo­gies for Aus­tralian grain grow­ers would be among speak­ers’ themes.

He said key­note speaker Martin Abell, of Pre­ci­sion De­ci­sions in the UK, would speak about his Hands-Free ro­botic grain-farm­ing project.

Other speak­ers in­clude Aus­tralian Grain Tech­nolo­gies chief ex­ec­u­tive Haydn Kuchel, GRDC’s Ni­cole Jensen and Colorado State Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Todd Gaines.

The Perth event will be com­ple­mented by one­day events in Northamp­ton on Fe­bru­ary 23, Darkan on Fe­bru­ary 28 and Cor­ri­gin on March 1. Dis­counts for early-bird reg­is­tra­tion close on Jan­uary 28.

GRDC’s Peter Roberts.

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