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Finger on the pulse for field day

Farmers will be able to test the pulse of cropping options at a field day in the Wimmera.

The pulse field day, 10km south of Rupanyup, will run on Thursday 26 October 2017 from 9am until 1pm, covering a wide range of topics ranging from sowing to marketing.

The field day leads into a Pulse Australia forum in the afternoon when international guest speakers will provide insights and updates on pulse marketing.

Agriculture Victoria Senior Research Agronomist, Jason Brand said the day offered a chance for growers to hear the latest information on pulses and also visit field trials.

“Our speakers will talk about lentil, chickpea, field pea and faba bean agronomy,” Dr Brand said.

“There will also be information on pulse varieties for sowing in 2018 including a new field pea, herbicide tolerance of pulses, the effect of sowing time and sowing rates on yields and disease, the management of pulse diseases and pulse markets.

“These two days present a terrific opportunity for both existing and new pulse growers to hear a range of information which will help them with producing high quality, high yielding pulse crops.”

Dr Brand said researchers, breeders, industry agronomists and grain marketers would be in attendance to answer questions at the field day.

There will also be a tour of the pulse growing trial sites with the guest presenters and the day will conclude with lunch.

The day is coordinated by Agriculture Victoria through the “Southern Pulse Agronomy” and “Pulse Breeding Australia” projects, which are supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The event is also supported by Seednet and PB Seeds.

Speakers include Pulse Breeding Australia breeders, pulse pathologists, pulse industry specialists and grain marketers.

A free lunch is provided at the Rupanyup community centre followed by the marketing forum run by Pulse Australia from 2-5pm.

Source: Agriculture Victoria

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