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GRDC Qld Updates confront global challenges

QUEENSLAND grain advisers and growers will gain a better insight into their role in the global soft commodities trade at the upcoming series of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Updates.

Emeritus Professor Gordon MacAulay, principle economist at Better Research and Innovation (BRI Australia), will present the latest information on Australia’s place in the global wheat market and what international customers are saying about Australian wheat and its performance at the three Updates to be held in Queensland in coming weeks.

His presentation will feature at the events to be held at the Miles Memorial Club on March 1, the Goondiwindi Community Centre on March 2-3, and at Nindigully Hall on March 4.

The Updates will feature packed programs focussing on innovative responses to the challenges of modern farming, including disease risks for 2011 in the wake of the wet summer; the latest research into nematodes; and how to make more efficient use of nitrogen applications. Local issues relevant to each of the host regions will also be addressed.

GRDC northern panel chairman James Clark, said the three Updates to be held in southern Queensland during March would bring growers and advisers together with researchers.

“The GRDC updates deliver new data, practical advice and locally-focussed information to advisers and growers, with the agendas developed specifically in response to feedback from grains advisers,” Mr Clark said.

“It is a chance to understand how research levies are being invested by GRDC, which manages a northern region-specific research program of more than $25 million per year.

“This research is not only scientifically valid, but responsive to current needs and issues of producers, and is directly influenced by local and regional grower priorities.

“This is a prime opportunity for grains advisers to tap in to the latest research that will keep their advice at the cutting edge – benefiting their clients’ businesses by boosting productivity and sustainability.”

Some of the topics featured at the Updates include:

Cereal diseases – 2010 saw high levels of foliar and cereal head diseases in many parts of the northern grains region. What are the implications for 2011 and how can the risks best be managed. (Greg Platz, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), and Steve Simpfendorfer, Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW).Insights into nematode management – many growers have them but are unaware. Picking the right cereal variety can improve profit by a staggering $500/ha. (Steve Simpfendorfer, I&I NSW; Kirsty Owen, Jason Sheedy & Roslyn Reen, DEEDI).Chickpea disease risks in 2011 – the wet end to 2010 and the outbreaks of ascochyta and botrytis grey mould will have implications for 2011 variety and paddock selection. (Kevin Moore, I&I NSW; Mal Ryley, DEEDI).Getting the right N strategy for 2011 after a big year in 2010 – How much N did big pulse crops contribute? Options and risks when getting seasonally responsive N into the system. (David Herridge, I&I NSW; David Lester, DEEDI).Managing problem weeds like feathertop Rhodes grass and glyphosate resistance – What’s happening, how effective are the different control options and strategies to assist management. (Various speakers at Goondiwindi and Nindigully)To register contact John Cameron or Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930 or email [email protected]老域名备案老域名 . For details of the agendas for each Update or for more information, visit 老域名grdc老域名备案老域名/updatedates

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