New research goes on display for grain growers
TWO significant GRDC grains research updates are gearing up to be popular days as they aim to provide critical information for growers in Emerald as well as Biloela.
Next Tuesday, a host of speakers will be in Emerald to discuss topics including new chickpea varieties and how they perform, fumigating large silos, nitrogen and how it applies to Central Queensland, and getting crop nutrition right.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) senior regional research agronomist Darren Aisthorpe will also talk about gross margins and the dollar return per millimetre of water within central Queensland farming systems. Supported by the CQ Growers Solutions Group, the updates are provided in partnership with DAF and were started 24 years ago by senior consultant and Northern Region update co-ordinator with ICAN, John Cameron.
Mr Cameron said this week the updates were designed to showcase new research and create awareness among growers who were already doing their best to remain abreast of the latest research.
Most importantly, he said, the updates were designed to show how growers could apply the findings and data to their own properties and businesses and translate this into profitability.
One of the topics will be ‘what’s possible’ on the sorghum yield frontier, with a talk from Mr Aisthorpe.
In 2014, the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) led a GRDC-funded trial program focusing on a range of agronomic configurations, with the aim of maximising yield with newer hybrid types and determining whether existing agronomy rules required updating.
Mr Aisthorpe said this trial data highlighted the need for more research into optimising individual hybrid yield for a given amount of plant available water.
Agronomic strategies will be discussed during presentations by Mr Aisthorpe and Pacific Seeds summer grains agronomist Trevor Philp on grain sorghum agronomy and management.
Also on the agenda are presentations by Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) northern extension agronomist Paul McIntosh on chaff lining and tramlining problem weeds, and glyphosate resistant milk (sow) thistle; Back Paddock’s Chris Dowling on practical applications of nitrogen research; Kotzur Silos managing director Andrew Kotzur on designing flexible mid-size on-farm grain handling facilities; DAF senior development agronomist Phil Burrill on what’s new in grain storage; DAF senior entomologist Melina Miles on helicoverpa resistance as well as an overview of the new chickpea variety PBA Drummond by DAF’s chickpea breeder, Dr Merrill Ryan.
The Emerald GRDC Update will be held at the McIndoe Function Centre on Tuesday, December 4. Registration will be 8.30am (9am start), with the day finishing at 3–3.15pm. Cost is $30 pp and $20 for second person, with lunch and morning tea provided.
To register or for further information, phone John Cameron or Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930 or e-mail [email protected]rural.com.au