Maitland grains forum to set the scene for season 2019

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Maitland Grains Research Update guest speaker Ben White, from the GRDC’s Grain Storage Extension team, will explore options for maintaining the quality of cereals and pulses in storage. Photo: Melissa Powell

Grain growers preparing for the 2019 cropping season will gather in Maitland next month to learn of the latest outcomes from grains research and development with the potential to deliver positive impact on-farm.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a regional Grains Research Update at the Central Yorke Football Club on February 14.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Courtney Ramsey, says the Update will present the latest research findings, advice and recommendations for informing growers’ tactical decision-making for improved profitability.

“New insights and advice from GRDC investments in R&D relevant to the region’s growers will be delivered by experts from across Australia at the Maitland event,” Ms Ramsey says.

“It is critical that our growers and advisers are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and resources to inform their decisions and guide them through the coming cropping season and beyond, and that is the purpose of Grains Research Updates.”

  • 14th Feb 2019 to 14th Feb 2019
    9am to 1pm (4 hours)
    Update Event

    Maitland, SA (Central Yorke Football Club, 5 Rogers Terrace)

    Sponsored by GRDC: GRDC Grains Research Update (Maitland)

    GRDC Grains Research Update (Maitland)

    Region: South

    Contact email: [email protected]

    Contact phone: 03 5441 6176

    Register Now

Among the guest speakers will be Annie Ruttledge from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries who will discuss the impact of chaff lining on weed seed persistence and emergence of weeds.

Consultant Ben White, from the GRDC’s Grain Storage Extension team, will explore options for maintaining the quality of cereals and pulses in storage.

Novel snail control options and factors influencing performance of baits, including bait efficacy and timing of application, will be addressed by entomologist Helen Brodie from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), a division of Primary Industries and Regions SA.

Michael Zerner from Landmark Pfitzner and Kleinig will discuss the effectiveness of a hand-held near infra-red tool in providing a rapid assessment of a crop’s nitrogen tissue concentration across the paddock, while SARDI research scientist Katherine Linsell will speak about the release of root lesion nematode resistance ratings in pulses.

The regulatory impacts on pesticide use, as well as registration of herbicide products that are used with the ‘XT’ lentil varieties, will be outlined by GRDC Chemical Regulation Manager, Gordon Cumming.

With the theme of ‘boosting profitability – resilient solutions’, the Update will be attended by growers, agronomists, consultants, researchers and other grains industry personnel from across Yorke Peninsula, the Lower and Mid North regions and elsewhere.

The Update will be from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided. For a detailed program and to register, please visit or phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email [email protected]

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