The week that was: Sunday, November 3 - Saturday, November 9

The week that was: Sunday, November 3 - Saturday, November 9

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We take a look back at your five most-read GroundCover stories from the past week.

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

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Here, we take a look back at the top stories you read from Sunday, November 3 to Saturday, November 9.

Search for new GRDC managing director goes global

GRDC Chair Mr John Woods, left, with Managing Director Dr Steve Jefferies. PHOTO GRDC

GRDC Chair Mr John Woods, left, with Managing Director Dr Steve Jefferies. PHOTO GRDC

The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) has announced that Managing Director Dr Steve Jefferies will step down in mid-2020.

GRDC Chair John Woods says that after four years leading GRDC, and 35 years serving the Australian grains industry, Steve was looking forward to moving into semi-retirement and spending more time with family.

The GRDC Board has commenced an extensive international recruitment process for a new GRDC Managing Director.

Mr Woods says that starting this process now would ensure time for an effective leadership transition to a new Managing Director before June 2020. Read the full story here.

Dealing with the Dry: Farm management options during and after drought forums held across the Victorian Mallee and Sunraysia region

GRDC Grower Relations Manager Susan McDonnell said the Dealing with the Dry forums were designed to deliver practical advice ranging from how to talk about debt with your bank manager, to accessing government services and identifying and supporting mental health issues. Photo GRDC

GRDC Grower Relations Manager Susan McDonnell said the Dealing with the Dry forums were designed to deliver practical advice ranging from how to talk about debt with your bank manager, to accessing government services and identifying and supporting mental health issues. Photo GRDC

Firsthand experience of drought and an understanding of the toll it can take on farming businesses, bank balances and emotional well-being was the catalyst for a series of Dealing with the Dry: Farm management options during and after drought forums being run across the Victorian Mallee and Sunraysia region.

Initiated by Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grower Relations Manager Susan McDonnell the forums aim to deliver practical advice ranging from how to talk about debt with your bank manager, to accessing government services and identifying and supporting mental health issues.

A grain grower herself, Mrs McDonnell said the GRDC Dealing with the Dry forums will be run in Lake Cullullerain, Wentworth, Euston and Balranald and were focused on delivering genuinely helpful information directly to those in need. Read the full story here.

Soilborne disease courses to be held across Australia's grain growing regions

Alan McKay, PIRSA-SARDI, leading a PREDICTA® B workshop for agronomists at Perth. Photo: GRDC

Alan McKay, PIRSA-SARDI, leading a PREDICTA® B workshop for agronomists at Perth. Photo: GRDC

Soilborne disease courses being held across Australia's grain growing regions will provide the latest information to local agronomists, enabling them to help growers minimise production losses on-farm.

Cereal root diseases cost grain growers, on average, more than $200 million annually in lost production, and much of this loss can be prevented.

New and experienced agronomists are invited to attend 2019 PREDICTA® B Root Disease Risk Management Courses, where content will be tailored for each region.

The one-day course provides accreditation for delivering PREDICTA® B - the world leading DNA-based soil testing technology which enables identification of the pathogens posing the greatest risk to crops. Read the full story here.

Soil constraints in pictures | Images from the November-December Supplement

Mouldboard ploughing and seeding in Mullewa, WA. PHOTO Evan Collis

Mouldboard ploughing and seeding in Mullewa, WA. PHOTO Evan Collis

Ever since the development of the stump-jump plough in 1876 to open up Mallee country for cropping, Australians have had a flair for developing innovative machinery to deal with constraints to farm productivity.

In recent decades, Australian grain growers have benefited from increased mechanisation efficiency and economies of scale, enabling them to expand their individual land holdings.

Our upcoming GroundCover Supplement™ is the first of a two-part series on soil constraints and focuses on engineering approaches to soil constraints. Read the full story here.

Argentinian students to be part of the elite team working on the Statistics for the Australian Grain Industry project

Numbers game: Valeria Paccapelo, with Argentinian students Lucas Peitton and Eugenia Settecase and her colleague Gabriela Borgognone at Leslie Research Station in Toowoomba. Photo GRDC

Numbers game: Valeria Paccapelo, with Argentinian students Lucas Peitton and Eugenia Settecase and her colleague Gabriela Borgognone at Leslie Research Station in Toowoomba. Photo GRDC

Noted Swiss statistician Stephen Senn once said 'if you think that statistics has nothing to say about what you do or how you could do it better, then you are either wrong or in need of a more interesting job'.

For two Argentinian students about to complete their honours projects in statistics in Australia, 'very interesting' is the perfect way to describe what they see as an invaluable opportunity to travel halfway around the world to spend six months working in the grains industry.

Lucas Peitton and Eugenia Settecase are final year statistics students from the University of Rosario in Argentina.

They arrived in Toowoomba in July, as the first successful candidates in a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment with Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) that aims to develop international partnerships and build capacity in the growing field of statistics. Read the full story here.

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