More than 120 growers and farm advisers put aside concerns about dry conditions last week to focus on the latest information about chemical residuals in grain crops and spray technology.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Northern Downs Spray Forum and Optical Spray Demonstration was held at Inverai, north west of Dalby.
In an interactive forum, attendees discussed a range of issues with the potential to improve on-farm chemical practices, lift understanding of regulatory requirements and help secure the future of Australian grain markets.
Presentations offered a practical insight into topics such as how residues in grain affect marketing; maximum residue limits (MRLs) and their impact on farming; how to set up an optical sprayer; factors influencing efficacy in summer spraying; and common water quality issues and how to remedy them.
The day also included practical machinery demonstrations by WEED-IT Quadro, and the 'green-on-green' technology being developed by Bilberry and Agrifac.
GRDC Crop Protection Manager - North, Vicki Green said the event had been organised in response to grower requests for paddock-ready, regionally relevant information.
"The GRDC worked in collaboration with the Brigalow Grower Group to make this event happen and the support and feedback from growers showed it really hit the mark in terms of delivering information they needed to improve their farming operations and ultimately their profitability," she said.
"This workshop was grower-driven and reflected one community's determination to provide its growers with the latest, accurate information to help ensure responsible use of chemicals on-farm.
"The group was very proactive and had a clear understanding of what topics they wanted covered so it was easy to work with them to develop an event that would appeal to a wide range of growers."