Walks ex­plore op­tions

Shepparton News - Country News - - ELMORE FIELD DAYS 2017 -

The Rive­rina Plains spring se­ries of the Stub­ble Project will con­tinue through Oc­to­ber, with pad­dock walks in Yar­ra­wonga and Dookie on Oc­to­ber 11.

Foun­da­tion for Arable Re­search Aus­tralia se­nior field re­search of­fi­cer Michael Straight and River­ine Plains’ Cas­san­dra Schefe will speak at the pad­dock walks, which will fo­cus on dis­ease sta­tus and ni­tro­gen re­sponse un­der var­i­ous stub­ble man­age­ment op­tions.

Re­search and ex­ten­sion of­fi­cer Dr Schefe said the walks would ex­plore sev­eral stub­ble man­age­ment tech­niques.

‘‘Stub­ble man­age­ment is a ma­jor chal­lenge for grain farm­ers in this re­gion and the project tri­als com­pare the per­for­mance of stub­ble man­age­ment tech­niques in­clud­ing mulching, in­cor­po­ra­tion, burn­ing and stand­ing stub­ble,’’ she said.

‘‘This is the fi­nal year of large-scale on-farm tri­als for this project, and (th­ese) spring pad­dock walks pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for grow­ers to visit th­ese trial sites and see how crops sown un­der the dif­fer­ent stub­ble man­age­ment tech­niques are re­spond­ing to the cur­rent sea­sonal con­di­tions.

‘‘The lack of rain­fall over the past month or so, com­bined with frost dam­age across the re­gion, means that yield po­ten­tial is highly vari­able, so th­ese pad­dock walks also present an op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers and ad­vis­ers to come to­gether to dis­cuss frost risk and mois­ture avail­abil­ity un­der the dif­fer­ent tech­niques, as well as ni­tro­gen re­sponse this sea­son.’’

■ Yar­ra­wonga pad­dock walk: Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11 from 10 am to noon at Tele­wonga Pty Ltd, 292 Reillys Rd, Yar­ra­wonga.

■ Dookie pad­dock walk: Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11 from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm at the Lude­man broth­ers’ farm on Dookie-Devenish Rd, Dookie. The en­trance gate is be­tween Dookie-Nalinga Rd and Proc­tors Rd. ■ To reg­is­ter for the events, or for more in­for­ma­tion, phone the River­ine Plains of­fice on 5744 1713 or email: info@river­ine­plains.org.au

In­for­ma­tive . . . River­ine Plains re­search and ex­ten­sion of­fi­cer Cas­san­dra Schefe and Foun­da­tion for Arable Re­search Aus­tralia se­nior field re­search of­fi­cer Michael Straight will speak at Wed­nes­day’s Stub­ble Project pad­dock walks.

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