GRDC North Star update to focus on farming research

DAF researcher David Lester will share the results of long running deep phosphorus (Deep P) trials across southern Queensland and northern NSW with growers and advisors at a GRDC Update at North Star on July 25.
DAF researcher David Lester will share the results of long running deep phosphorus (Deep P) trials across southern Queensland and northern NSW with growers and advisors at a GRDC Update at North Star on July 25.

The latest farming systems trial results from northern New South Wales, innovative technology for weed control and data from long running regional deep phosphorus research will be on the agenda at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Update at North Star this month.

The Grains Research Update will be held at North Star on July 25 and is designed to deliver cutting edge, paddock-ready research back to growers.

Key topics include a session by New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) researcher Jon Baird and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Andrew Erbacher presenting the latest farming systems data from trials at Narrabri and Billa Billa. This presentation will include information on gross margins and economic return per millimetre of water from different systems, as well as tactics for sequencing cotton in dryland production systems. 

DAF researcher David Lester will explain to growers the results of long running deep phosphorus (Deep P) trials across southern Queensland and northern NSW and their economic implications on-farm, while Goondiwindi grain grower Tom Woods will share his experience of using Deep P on his Billa Billa property.

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Other research on the agenda includes:

  • The latest Helicoverpa resistance management strategy – why; what’s in it; how will it work? There will also be an update on current Rutherglen bug research from entomologist Melina Miles, from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).
  • What does the future of weed control look like? Investigate the latest in lasers, robotics, microwaves and precision tillage with Mike Walsh from the University of Sydney.
  • Also on the subject of weed control, Annie van der Meulen, DAF, will explain how effective chaff lining and chaff tramlining is driving down the weed seedbank.
  • Sorghum will also be in the spotlight with presentations from Trevor Philp from Pacific Seeds, as well as NSW DPI researcher Loretta Serafin looking at row spacing, yield stability and tactical agronomy.

While CSIRO researcher Lindsay Bell will dicuss the impact of different summer crops on soil water extraction and subsequent fallow efficiency.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager North Richard Holzknecht said this round of GRDC Grains Research Updates had the theme of ‘Driving Profit Through Research’ and were designed to deliver practical, farm-ready information to growers and advisors to help guide decision making.

“These updates are about providing growers with the latest and most relevant, innovative research information for their farming business,” Mr Holzknecht said.

“They offer a broad range of topics from the new insights into farming systems, to the latest innovation in weed control as well as tips for optimising summer crop agronomy, all of which help to make smarter on-farm decisions.

“Ultimately these workshops are about delivering information back to growers that reflects their research needs and priorities and helps create enduring profitability for their operations so I strongly encourage them to head along.”

The North Star GRDC Grains Research Update will be held at the North Star Sports Club on July 25 from 8.30am to 3pm.

For more information or to register contact Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930 or email erica@icanrural.com.au or go to www.grdc.com.au/UpdateDates.