A SERIES of roadshows across SA and Vic will bring together five years of canola research to provide growers with critical insights into sowing time, growth periods and flowering, and agronomic tactics.
The Optimised Canola Profitability information sessions roadshow will include expert researchers to deliver the one-day workshops directly to growers and farm advisers.
Topics will include when canola should flower; matching sowing date and variety to ensure the crop flowers at the right time; the critical growth period for canola; optimising canola crop growth; and the key agronomic tactics to maximise yield.
The Optimised Canola Profitability project is a collaboration between GRDC, CSIRO, the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and SARDI.
As part of the project, 50 field experiments were conducted from 2014 to 2018 to identify the best sowing dates to maximise yield for different canola varieties based on their phenology (rates of development).
The experiments were located at 14 sites, from the Eyre Peninsula and Vic's Wimmera through to the central-west slopes of NSW and the Darling Downs in south-eastern Qld.
GRDC grower relations manager - south Randall Wilksch says the Optimised Canola Profitability project has produced comprehensive guidelines for canola growers across eastern Australia.
"The roadshow events in Vic and SA over the coming weeks will be an opportunity for growers to discuss the guidelines - on aspects of production such as regional varietal selection, weed, pest and disease management, soil nutrition and windrow timing - with key researchers," he said.
"Any growers wanting to extract more from their canola crops are encouraged to attend."
The free-of-charge Optimised Canola Profitability information sessions are from 9.30am-3pm on:
- September 11 - Birchip, Vic, as part of the Birchip Cropping Group main field day
- September 17 - Longerenong, Vic
- September 18 - Elmore, Vic
- October 28 - Cummins
- October 29 - Adelaide