Lock in a spot at grains forum

GRAINS UPDATE: Among the speakers at the Lock Grains Research Update will be Nigel Wilhelm from SARDI, who will deliver the latest research into improving productivity on sandy soils. Picture: GRDC

GRAINS UPDATE: Among the speakers at the Lock Grains Research Update will be Nigel Wilhelm from SARDI, who will deliver the latest research into improving productivity on sandy soils. Picture: GRDC

Eyre Peninsula grain growers looking to generate increased returns from their enterprises will gather for a grains research forum at Lock next month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting the Lock Grains Research Update on Wednesday, August 1.

GRDC’s southern grower relations manager Darren Arney said the update would address some of the priority issues confronting growers in the region.

“Emerging problem weeds, sandy soil constraints, management of snails, pulse production in the medium rainfall zone and monitoring soil moisture will be among the topics growers will have the opportunity to discuss with industry experts,” he said.

“Those experts will be presenting new knowledge and advice emerging from the GRDC’s regionally-relevant research and development investments, so I encourage growers to come along and be informed about advances in their industry.”

Among the speakers will be Nigel Wilhelm from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), who will deliver the latest research into improving productivity on sandy soils.

Dr Wilhelm will detail how growers can manage the barriers to higher production on sandy soils.

Consultant George Pedler will provide advice on pulse production in the medium rainfall zone, with a focus on gross margins, diseases and marketing essentials.

Baiting snails according to environmental conditions for maximum impact will be the topic of a presentation by SARDI’s Jacob Giles, while Gurjeet Gill from the University of Adelaide will provide research insights into brome grass and other emerging weeds and tactics for control.

Andrew Ware from SARDI will delve into the use of soil moisture probes, discussing the effectiveness of this technology in light of recent improvements in weather forecasts, soil moisture mapping and canopy temperature sensors.

Partnered by the Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation, the update will be held at the Lock Football Club from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided.

For a detailed program and to register for the update, please visit https://grdc.com.au/events/list or phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.