Karoonda forum on key cropping issues

Sandy soil productivity, soil moisture probe advancements, management of snails and Russian wheat aphid, pulse crop diseases and herbicide-resistant weeds are just some of the issues to be discussed at the Grains Research Update at Karoonda next month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting the update together with Mallee Sustainable Farming on August 7 at the Karoonda Football Club from 9am to 1pm, with lunch included.

Expert: SARDI entomologist Greg Baker, will speak at the Karoonda Grains Research Update, on research findings on snails and Russian wheat aphids. Photo: GRDC

Expert: SARDI entomologist Greg Baker, will speak at the Karoonda Grains Research Update, on research findings on snails and Russian wheat aphids. Photo: GRDC

GRDC grower relations manager Darren Arney said the forum would provide growers and advisers the chance to hear from industry experts about some key research outcomes.

“GRDC investments in research and development are constantly generating new knowledge and understandings which have the potential to drive improved grower profitability,” Mr Arney said.

“Research insights relevant to regional farming systems will be presented at the Karoonda Grains Research Update so I strongly encourage attendance by growers and their advisers.” 

Speakers will include Greg Baker, from South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), who will talk about findings into snail baiting and control of Russian wheat aphid and SARDI pulse research scientist Jenny Davidson speaking on managing diseases in lentils, chickpeas, lupins and vetch.

Leighton Wilksch, from Agbyte, will talk about soil moisture probes in relation to weather forecasts and moisture mapping and Chris McDonough, from Insight Extension for Agriculture will provide information from trials and the use of wetters while Chris Preston, University of Adelaide, talks about controlling ryegrass and more. For a program and to register visit https://grdc.com.au/events/list, phone (03) 5441 6176 or email admin@orm.com.au