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GRDC senior regional manager – west, Peter Bird, says the GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth, will showcase the latest research, technology, market development and management innovations to improve the productivity and profitability of the grains industry.
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Registrations are now open for Western Australia’s premier grains industry forum – the 2022 GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth.

The two-day event will be held at Crown Perth on February 21 and 22.

GRDC senior regional manager – west, Peter Bird, says nearly 600 people attended the 2021 event, which showcased the latest research, technology, market development and management innovations to improve the productivity and profitability of the grains industry.

“The GRDC Grains Research Update in Perth is an important forum for growers, advisers, researchers and industry service providers to connect and share insights and knowledge to help further the State’s thriving export-focused grain industry,” he says.

“The 2021 record breaking season has left the bulk of growers and the grains industry generally in a great position to look at opportunities to invest in further improvements to increase the sustainability and profitability of farms and the industry.”

GRDC Western Region Panel chair Darrin Lee says information presented at the Update ranged from research information to underpin improved agronomic practices for increased profitability on-farm, through to broader insights on big picture trends and issues impacting the industry overall.

“2022 will be a challenging year with input prices expected to rise considerably. In order to remain competitive, we must continually adapt and change, which means updating our knowledge to adjust our farming systems to meet market and climate challenges and opportunities,” Mr Lee says.

The plenary sessions will feature information from GRDC’s investment with CSIRO investigating the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from grain farming and the grains industry. There will be industry representatives presenting a ‘Market Outlook for the Western Australian grains industry for 2022 and longer term’.

There will also be a session exploring ‘Ag tech developments relevant to WA grain growers’ featuring a leading international expert from the USA discussing what growers can expect from advances in gene editing technology.

More than 40 concurrent sessions will be held over the two days on important issues impacting on crop choices and variety performance, farming systems, agronomy tips, crop protection from important weeds, pests and diseases, through to information on crop nutrition in the face of increased fertiliser costs.

Extended focus sessions will take place after lunch on the second day and will include a carbon session on ‘Reducing net emissions in the grains industry’, alternate sessions on weed control and fertiliser strategies.

After the success of the ‘New researcher snapshots’ in 2021, these will form part of the day two program running concurrently to the focus group sessions. This gives up and coming researchers the chance to show the grains industry what they are working on and receive valuable feedback.

The GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth, will be followed by six one-day regional Updates across the grain-growing regions in Western Australia. Locations will include:

  • Dongara (March 1)
  • Bencubbin (March 3)
  • Hyden (March 9)
  • Kojonup (March 23).

A further two Update events to be held in July/August 2022.

More information: to register visit GIWA 2022 research updates or GRDC Updates; contact GIWA on 08 6262 2128 or

Please note, in line with WA’s Safe Transition Plan and Crown’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, Crown Perth will require all guests to be fully vaccinated when visiting Crown after January 31, 2022.

Crown advises this will apply to all attendees at the 2022 GRDC Updates. By registering you acknowledge compliance with this requirement. The updated policy can be found on the website.

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