The week that was: Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, June 29

The week that was: Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, June 29

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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries senior research agronomist Darren Aisthorpe was one of the researchers who visited Biloela and Emerald recently to discuss trial data from the northern farming systems project. Photo Supplied

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries senior research agronomist Darren Aisthorpe was one of the researchers who visited Biloela and Emerald recently to discuss trial data from the northern farming systems project. Photo Supplied

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Here, we take a look back on what you read this past week.

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There was plenty happening across the Australian grains industry over this past week.

Here, we take a look back at the top stories you read from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29.

​GRDC's national Grain Storage Project coordinator Chris Warrick sums up grain storage economics 

As coordinator of the Grains Research and Development Corporation's (GRDC) national Grain Storage Project, Chris Warrick is often asked "what's the cheapest form of on-farm grain storage?"

While it sounds like a simple enough question, answering it adequately requires Mr Warrick to reply with a few questions of his own about the business's production, marketing and operational structure. Read the full story here.

​Optimising HRZ crop yields aim of workshops

GRDC high rainfall zone workshops in WA will extend outcomes from national and regional projects that have GRDC investment. Photo: Catherine Norwood | GRDC

GRDC high rainfall zone workshops in WA will extend outcomes from national and regional projects that have GRDC investment. Photo: Catherine Norwood | GRDC

Helping high rainfall zone (HRZ) grain growers and their advisers to reduce the gap between current and potential crop yields will be the focus of coming Western Australian events.

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) HRZ workshops in Dandaragan, Green Range and Esperance, to be delivered by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) Australia, will have a particular emphasis on wheat and canola.

GRDC grower relations manager - west, Lizzie von Perger, said relevant research findings would be presented in an interactive format by three leading researchers, at each of the events. Read the full story here.

Industry assesses farming's future in Central Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries senior research agronomist Darren Aisthorpe was one of the researchers who visited Biloela and Emerald recently to discuss trial data from the northern farming systems project. Photo Supplied

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries senior research agronomist Darren Aisthorpe was one of the researchers who visited Biloela and Emerald recently to discuss trial data from the northern farming systems project. Photo Supplied

Central Queensland growers may need to critically assess their farming practices if they are to remain profitable and productive in the future.

With issues such as soil fertility decline, increasing soil-borne pathogens and herbicide resistant weeds posing a challenge for many farming operations, growers are beginning to query whether their current farming systems will be sustainable over the long-term without a strategic `rethink' of crop sequencing, crop intensity and nutrient inputs.Read the full story here.

Research and extension efforts to better manage the disease and minimise the risk of Fusarium Head Blight 

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) senior plant pathologist Steven Simpfendorfer says rotation selection was one of the most important management tools in minimising FHB infection-risk. Photo GRDC

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) senior plant pathologist Steven Simpfendorfer says rotation selection was one of the most important management tools in minimising FHB infection-risk. Photo GRDC

Twenty years ago, Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) infamously made headlines in New South Wales when the disease slashed durum wheat yields by up to 100 per cent across the Liverpool Plains region.

Economic losses were extensive, prompting industry to undertake a detailed evaluation of the agronomic and climatic factors that contributed to the devastating outbreak.

Since then, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and its research partners have invested in research and extension efforts to better manage the disease and minimise the risk of history repeating itself as soon as weather conditions are conducive - that is, wet and humid during flowering and/or grain fill. Read the full story here.

Australian Farmer of the Year award celebrates its 10-year anniversary

Ray Harrington, Cordering, WA, inventor of the HSD, and winner of the 2018 Farming Legend of the Year award.

Ray Harrington, Cordering, WA, inventor of the HSD, and winner of the 2018 Farming Legend of the Year award.

2019 will see the Australian Farmer of the Year award celebrate its 10-year anniversary, with the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural teaming up again to host the significant industry awards.

The Australian Farmer of the Year awards are designed to celebrate and applaud the outstanding achievements of those individuals and families making a significant contribution to Australian agriculture.

This year the Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is proud to be supporting the awards program as sponsor of the Farming Legend of the Year category, an award recognising the individuals that have made life long contributions to the industry. Read the full story here.

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