Wim­mera heart for pulse crops

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

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.

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