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Australia: The latest in grains research headed to Queensland

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15 July 2022, Australia: The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is reaching out to growers in Queensland to come along and hear the latest in grains research and innovation at their GRDC Grains Research Updates over the next few weeks.

GRDC Senior Regional Manager, Gillian Meppem, said GRDC’s Research Updates are the perfect opportunity for growers and advisers to network with industry and learn about the ways in which the grains industry is evolving.

“These regional events aim to deliver the latest in news, research and technology through presentations tailored to each region, to ensure that growers and advisers can apply the research presented to their farm businesses,” she said.

“The Research Updates aim to give growers an opportunity to learn how they can use GRDC investment to improve their profitability and work through the challenges impacting grains production in their regions.”

Details for all QLD Grains Research Updates are:

  • Miles, 26 July – Miles Leichhardt Centre, Memorial Hall
  • Pittsworth, 27 July – Pittsworth Function Centre
  • Goondiwindi, 28 July – Goondiwindi Community Centre

The Miles Update will kick off the Queensland series, with each agenda selected with input from local growers and agronomists to ensure topics meet grower interest.

GRDC National Grain Storage Extension Project Coordinator Chris Warrick will be presenting at all three events, with timely information on managing chickpea and cereal quality in on farm storage.

While NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Cereal Plant Pathologist, Dr Steven Simpfendorfer will also be providing an update on crown rot management, with growers urged to be cautious of the disease this year due to high occurrences last year and ongoing wet conditions.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager – North, Graeme Sandral, said the update programs have been carefully planned to bring the latest, targeted research, development and extension to growers to help them make the most out of a wet season.

“The northern region had a challenging start to the 2022 season, with untimely rainfall causing implications for sowing windows, crop protection and logistics,” he said.

“Now that most growers have crops in the ground, we wanted to ensure they have access to the latest information that could help them increase their productivity and capitalise on good soil moisture.

“Looking at how to best manage input applications, especially considering high commodity prices, and disease threats, is a common theme at this winter series of Updates and is a must-attend for growers, advisers and grains industry professionals.”

The GRDC Research Updates are full day events (9 am to 3 pm). Morning tea and lunch will be provided, with plenty of opportunity for networking throughout the day.

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