Wimmera heart for pulse crops
Pulse crops will take centre stage in the Wimmera next month with an annual Southern Pulse Agronomy Field Day, part of an Australian Pulse Conference in Horsham.
Grains Research and Development Corporation Pbseeds, Seednet and Agriculture Victoria is supporting the October 15 field day.
Southern Pulse Agronomy is a GRDC investment project and led by researcher and Agriculture Victoria pulse-research agronomist Jason Brand.
Mr Brand said the field day would feature new-variety releases, a historic variety demonstration, chickpea and faba bean disease management, and advances in herbicide tolerance.
“Researchers, industry agronomists and grain marketers will all be in attendance to answer growers’ questions,” he said.
The field day will be just west of Horsham on the Wimmera Highway from 8.30am to 2pm, with a free lunch included.
Supported by the GRDC, the Australian Pulse Conference will be in Horsham from October 15 to 17.
The conference will bring together the Australian pulse industry to ‘discover and discuss the latest achievements and advances in pulse research and development’.
Pulse production has quadrupled in Australian agriculture during the past 10 years.
Exploring Taste and Technology, the threeday Australian Pulse Conference will highlight the growing range of technologies pushing research, production and trade boundaries to drive increases in pulse production and productivity.
It will also examine the growing role pulses are playing in nutrition and the possibilities for their increased inclusion in Western diets.
APC 2019 begins with a unique field day open to both conference delegates and the local pulse industry. The field day provides an opportunity to observe Australian research that increases pulse productivity and reliability through advances in breeding and agronomy.
After a barbecue lunch, there will be tour options including the Grains Innovation Park Research Precinct and-or a range of seed-production and food-packaging companies.
The conference program of ‘Innovation leading transformational change’ will focus on five key sub themes.
They are: pushing pulse-yield boundaries; accessing new markets, value-adding pulses; expanding production – new crops and new environments; and smart farms and remote sensing.
Further details about the field day are available from Jason Brand on 0409 357076 or emailing [email protected]culture.vic.gov.au.