New re­search goes on dis­play for grain grow­ers

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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

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