A FIELD research site dedicated to supporting mainland high rainfall zone growers in their efforts to achieve higher yields of wheat and barley through genetic improvement and management will be showcased later this month.
The South Australian Crop Technology Centre field day near Millicent on October 24 will also feature several industry experts discussing a range of relevant topics.
The SA Crop Technology Centre is a GRDC and Landmark co-investment, with the research being led by FAR Australia in collaboration with the SARDI and Mackillop Farm Management Group.
GRDC grower relations manager - south Randall Wilksch, who will open the field day, said the research site was established to identify high-yielding, long-season germplasm from Australia and overseas that had the potential to push yields in the high rainfall zone.
"The project is also focused on the role of agronomy and new technologies in assisting growers to boost production and profitability," Mr Wilksch said.
"The research site is the first and only one of its kind on the mainland and is an extension of the GRDC's hyper-yielding cereals project in Tasmania where results from trials of high-yielding feed grain germplasm have been very encouraging."
Speakers and their topics at the field day include:
- Marie Marion of FluroSat and James Heffernan from Landmark - can we visualise the differences in soil fertility with remote sensing?
- Kenton Porker of SARDI - how do we achieve high protein barley?
- Nick Poole of FAR Australia - improving management strategies for maximising yields
- Chris Preston of the University of Adelaide - integrated weed management
- Kat Fuhrmann of FAR Australia - is ramularia an unseen limitation to yields in the HRZ?