Up­dates of­fer info for grow­ers

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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 de­ci­sion­mak­ing 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

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