Cleve forum to focus on dry weather

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has added a focus on the dry start to the 2017 cropping season to its local forum for grain growers on Thursday.

The forum is set to enable growers and other grains industry stakeholders to contribute to shaping future research, development and extension for the important issues that affect the profitability of growers.

It will now also be followed by a session dedicated to helping local growers extract the most out of the 2017 cropping season, despite the dry start.

The GRDC Local Forum will be at the Cleve Golf Club from 9am to 12.30pm, followed by lunch and a two-hour session that will centre on growers maximising returns through informed decision-making in light of the lack of growing season rainfall.

This session will be an abridged version of dry start forums at Wudinna and Cummins last week, which were supported by the Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation (EPARF), the Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association (LEADA), and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and its South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) division.

The GRDC’s Southern Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) is hosting the interactive research development and extension forum which network co-ordinator Jen Lillecrapp said would allow growers to engage directly with GRDC staff and members of the RCSN and GRDC Southern Panel.

“The Llocal Forum – one of six being held in South Australia and Victoria – will provide those attending with a snapshot of key GRDC investments which are assisting to address important issues for growers, as identified by the RCSN,” Mrs Lillecrapp said.

“The forum will also be an opportunity for growers and industry representatives to learn more about and discuss with leading researchers future RD&E (research development and extension) for locally important issues, such as invertebrate pests and insecticide resistance, as well as herbicide resistance and weed management.”