Guidance for growers at Campbell Town grains research forum

GRDC is hosting a regional Grains Research Update in Campbell Town, Tasmania, on July 3

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Tasmanian grain growers will next month be provided with expert advice and research insights.

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Devonport Nuffield Scholar Robin Tait, from Botanical Resources Australia, will deliver at the GRDC Grains Research Update in Campbell Town her Nuffield research findings on the advantages of cover cropping in a mixed farming system. PHOTO Nuffield Australia

Devonport Nuffield Scholar Robin Tait, from Botanical Resources Australia, will deliver at the GRDC Grains Research Update in Campbell Town her Nuffield research findings on the advantages of cover cropping in a mixed farming system. PHOTO Nuffield Australia

Tasmanian grain growers will next month be provided with expert advice and research insights to guide them through the remainder of the 2019 cropping season and beyond.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a regional Grains Research Update in Campbell Town on July 3.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager - South, Randall Wilksch, says the Update at The Grange will see speakers present the latest research findings, advice and recommendations for informing growers' tactical decision-making for improved profitability.

"Tasmania's farming systems are in many cases complex, high production enterprises requiring specialist input and support from a range of sources," Mr Wilksch said.

"Grain production is one component of these farming systems and the annual Campbell Town Grains Research Update plays an important role in extending to growers and advisers the most up-to-date information being generated out of GRDC investments in research and development.

"The forum is also a platform to discuss how the season is shaping up and the cropping constraints and opportunities confronting growers, as well as providing an opportunity for participants to network with fellow farmers, researchers, consultants and other industry experts."

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Among the guest speakers will be Victorian consultant Kate Burke from ThinkAgri who will discuss the economic value of precision agriculture (PA) tools for grain production enterprises. She will delve into the potential role of PA in capturing opportunities for profit growth on-farm.

Geoff Dean from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture will outline the yield and feed quality benefits that can result from subsoil manuring, while Devonport Nuffield Scholar Robin Tait, from Botanical Resources Australia, will deliver her Nuffield research findings on the advantages of cover cropping in a mixed farming system.

Facilitating a question and answer session on experiences with spring barley in Tasmanian cropping systems will be Terry Horan from Roberts Ltd and local grower Angus Lyne.

Adelaide-based CSIRO research scientist Rick Llewellyn will lead attendees into the world of virtual fencing with a presentation on the state of play on this potentially game-changing technology.

With the theme of 'boosting profitability - resilient solutions', the GRDC Grains Research Update will be attended by growers, agronomists, consultants, researchers and other grains industry personnel from throughout Tasmania and the mainland.

The Update will be from 9am to 1pm, with catering provided. For a detailed program and to register, please visit https://grdc.com.au/events/list or phone ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au.

GRDC Project Code: ORM00014

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