Industry breakfast will help provide drought information

INDUSTRY INROADS: Dr Feclicty Harris of the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Wagga inspects a cereal crop. Picture: Nikki Reynolds
INDUSTRY INROADS: Dr Feclicty Harris of the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Wagga inspects a cereal crop. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

THE questions of whether to graze off canola crops or take them through to harvest, along with lots of other drought related issues will be on the table at Henty. 

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) will host a Grower Breakfast Forum during Henty Machinery Field Days.

The forum on Wednesday, September 19, includes a hot breakfast followed by a seasonal update session covering topical issues, such as winter crop choices in a dry year.

NSW DPI researchers will also share with growers several useful tools to support decision making, including salvaging crops for grain, fodder or grazing calculator and the biomass calculator. 

GRDC grower relations manager north, Susan McDonnell, said the grower breakfast forum was about bringing some of the industry’s most respected researchers to the field days to share research outcomes and experienced insights with southern NSW growers and advisers.

“The GRDC and NSW DPI are keenly aware of the challenges facing growers as they deal with the prolonged dry conditions, so this forum is about bringing some of the region’s most respected researchers together to provide information and answer questions,” Mrs McDonnell said.

“We will also have experienced NSW DPI researchers with us at the GRDC site for the duration of the field days. So any growers or advisers with questions about agronomy, diseases or weeds can call into the GRDC site at Henty and speak with experts.”

Mrs McDonnell said GRDC Northern Panel members would also be at the breakfast, as well as the GRDC site during the field days, to engage with growers, advisers and industry stakeholders.

Researchers include:

  • Tuesday, September 18: Dr Aaron Preston (weeds); Dr Audrey Leo (canola diseases).
  • Wednesday, September 19: Rohan Brill (canola); Dr Felicity Harris (cereals); Eric Koetz (weeds/nutrition).
  • Thursday, September 20: Brad Baxter (cereal diseases); Mark Richards (pulses).

The GRDC will be at site 887 888 block R. 

  • www.therural.com.au

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