GRDC Pulse Check group relocates from Keith to Coomandook-Coonalpyn

Finger on the pulse: South East Pulse Check coordinator Brendan Wallis catches up with SARDI research officer Jerrice Crettenden at a GRDC event. Photo: Supplied.
Finger on the pulse: South East Pulse Check coordinator Brendan Wallis catches up with SARDI research officer Jerrice Crettenden at a GRDC event. Photo: Supplied.

Growers in the Coomandook and Coonalpyn areas are being invited to join a research group which has recently relocated from Keith.

The South East Pulse Check group aims to share the research results and seasonal data which can help pulse growers improve their farming systems and maximise their profitability.

The group's coordinator, Rural Directions consultant Brendan Wallis, said the region had potential to supply more high quality pulses - particularly faba beans - to the global market.

"The Pulse Check group is a great way to collaborate and gather new information and also share past experiences," he said.

"The group is open to all, with no prerequisites required.

"We are all there to learn about pulses and how we can get the most out of them in our rotations."

The Grains Research and Development Corporation began focusing on building capacity, skills and knowledge in the pulse industry in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania in 2017, with aims to extend the volume of high-value pulses being grown and ensure the sustainability of all pulse crops.

The southern pulse extension project includes 12 Pulse Check groups, attached to farming systems groups, in zones ripe for expansion.

The South East group has met six times previously, covering topics including paddock selection, pulse varieties, pests, weeds, diseases, potential markets for pulses and a post-harvest review.

Its next meeting, to be held at Coomandook on Tuesday, will focus on:

  • A trial looking at how well different pulse species become established
  • Plant density and its importance
  • Measuring seeding depth
  • Alternative chemicals to use on herbicide-resistant radish
  • A review of pre-emergence chemistry
  • Post-emergent, grass-selective herbicides
  • Market developments and opportunities

The meeting will be held from 9am at 1154 Werrimbrook Road.

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