Australia: Underbool event a unique opportunity for Mallee growers

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01 March 2022, Australia: Grain growers in Victoria’s Mallee are being provided with a unique opportunity to learn about outcomes from locally-relevant studies, trials and industry initiatives and to directly contribute ideas for future investment in grains research to help build profitability within their farming systems.

Mallee Sustainable Farming’s (MSF) Mallee Research Update at Underbool on March 8 will be combined with a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) National Grower Network Forum.

Starting with registration at 8:30 am, the Mallee Research Update at the Underbool-Linga Memorial Hall will feature a line-up of guest speakers addressing topics of importance to local growers.

Speakers include Dr Sean Mason from Agronomy Solutions who will discuss fertiliser budgeting for the season ahead and nitrogen balance in high input systems, and Dr Sam Kleemann from Plant Science Consulting who will address herbicide resistance and weed management.

Michael Moodie from Frontier Farming Systems will look at learnings from soil amelioration research in 2021.

The NGN Forum will start at 1:30 pm, following lunch.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Courtney Ramsey, says all growers, advisers and industry representatives are welcome to participate in the NGN Forum, which is free of charge.

“The facilitated forum will very interactive, enabling participants to share their thoughts on priority areas for investment of grower levies by GRDC,” Ms Ramsey says.

“The forum will discuss constraints affecting farm productivity and profitability and will identify opportunities for local GRDC research, development and extension support.

“It’s a great opportunity to have a say about GRDC investments and to raise ideas with GRDC staff in-person.”

Catering will be provided throughout the day, and registration is essential to ensure the event is COVID-19 safe.

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