New grains research knowledge to be delivered to EP growers

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Minnipa and Cleve GRDC Grains Research Updates speaker Kenton Porker, from SARDI, will discuss new generation and adapted wheat and barley varieties for a range of sowing times to minimise the impact of frost and heat stress. Photo: GRDC

Grain growers on Eyre Peninsula will soon have an opportunity 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 regional Grains Research Updates at Minnipa on July 31 and Cleve on August 1.

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

“The GRDC Grains Research Updates at Minnipa and Cleve will be important forums for extending new insights and advice from GRDC investments in research and development relevant to the region’s growers,” Ms Ramsey says.

Among the guest speakers at both Grains Research Updates will be Kenton Porker from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), a division of Primary Industries and Regions SA, who will discuss new generation and adapted wheat and barley varieties for a range of sowing times to minimise the impact of frost and heat stress.

Western Australian consultant Ben White, from the GRDC’s Grain Storage Extension team, will explore on-farm storage options for maintaining the quality of grain, while Patrick Redden from Rural Directions will outline requirements for a profit-first approach to precision agriculture.

Speaking at the Minnipa Update only will be Therese McBeath from CSIRO who will analyse cost-effective outcomes for ameliorating sandy soils, along with Chris Preston from the University of Adelaide who will provide an update on research into problem weeds on Upper EP.

Speaking at the Cleve Update only will be SARDI’s Penny Roberts who will look at lentil crop management from sowing to harvest, as well as Chris Davey from YP AG who will deliver the latest research findings for integrated weed management strategies to reduce annual ryegrass seed set.

With the theme of ‘boosting profitability – resilient solutions’, the Updates will be attended by growers, agronomists, consultants, researchers and other grains industry personnel from across Eyre Peninsula.

The Updates will be from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided. Following lunch, Grain Producers SA will host a consultation session with growers, covering the Grain Industry Blueprint and the Country Fire Service harvest and stubble burning codes of practice.

For detailed Grains Research Update programs and to register, please visit

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