Grain growers and other industry stakeholders are being provided with the opportunity to discuss grains research, development and extension investments at four Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Local Forums in Victoria in June and July 2018.
The GRDC’s Southern Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) is hosting the interactive forums at Dookie on June 18, Sale on June 20, Lalbert on June 22 2018 and Derrinallum on July 3 2018.
Southern RCSN co-ordinator Jen Lillecrapp says the forums are another way for GRDC staff and members of the RCSN and GRDC Southern Regional Panel to listen to growers and explain relevant research, development and extension (RD&E) investments and activities.
“The forums – a concept introduced in 2017 – will provide local growers and industry stakeholders with the opportunity to have their say on the important constraints and profit-growth opportunities, and to learn about, discuss and shape future RD&E,” Mrs Lillecrapp says.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Darren Arney, says participants will be able to hear from and discuss with specialists the application of the latest findings and expected outcomes of GRDC investments in RD&E.
“The forums enable the GRDC and its RCSN to ensure that the most important issues which impact on profitability of growers, in the areas where each of the Local Forums are being held, have been recognised and understood,” Mr Arney says.
The focus topic of the Dookie forum will be strategies to optimise canola yield and profitability, while the two focus topics of the Sale forum will be subsoil amelioration to increase infiltration, water-holding capacity and plant available water, and nutrition strategies to increase production and profitability.
Understanding any potential risk of herbicide carryover in soils and potential implications for the emergence and productivity of subsequent crops will be a focus of discussions at Lalbert, while nutrition to fill the yield gap in the high rainfall zone and mid-row banding of nitrogen fertiliser will be key issues to be delved into at Derrinallum.
The forums will be from 9am to 12.30pm, followed by lunch.
The Southern RCSN comprises 38 members – 21 growers, 13 advisers and four researchers, plus 10 members of the Southern Panel – who are spread throughout SA, Tasmania and Victoria.
“The RCSN provides a two-way links between local growers and industry stakeholders and the GRDC and its RD&E partners,” Mrs Lillecrapp says.
“The network helps to identify and understand the important constraints and opportunities which assists the GRDC in planning and delivering RD&E that will deliver the greatest benefit for growers.”