Workshops get to the root of crop problems

Workshops get to the root of crop problems

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PLANT HEALTH: Attendees at last year's Root Health Workshop were (front) Alan McKay, Ross Ballard, Liz Farquharson, Marg Evans, Tara Garrard and Jade Rose, (back) Sara Blake, Ioane Vakaci, Blake Gontar and Greg Naglis.

PLANT HEALTH: Attendees at last year's Root Health Workshop were (front) Alan McKay, Ross Ballard, Liz Farquharson, Marg Evans, Tara Garrard and Jade Rose, (back) Sara Blake, Ioane Vakaci, Blake Gontar and Greg Naglis.

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SAGIT is hosting root health workshops next month.

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Next month, SAGIT is funding workshops that will investigate the impacts of soil-borne root diseases on cereal and pulse health.

The three workshops, at Lock, Kimba ad Gladstone, will explore the main soil-borne root diseases in those regions and provide an insight into symptoms and management.

There will also be an interactive session, where participants will get to score the root health of cereal and pulse crops, and score nodulation in pulses.

There will also be a demonstration on how PredictaB can be used to make better informed variety, rotation and paddock management decisions, wile an update will be given on GRDC's national soilborne diseases project.

SARDI pathologists will be in attendance, while speakers will include Dr Katherine Linsell and Blake Gontar (Soil Biology and Diagnostics); Dr Tara Garrard (Cereal Pathology); and Ruth Sommerville (Upper North Farming Systems) or Naomi Scholz (AIR EP).

All participants are required to bring along cereal or pulse plants.

The $35 workshops go from 9.30am to 2pm and start on Monday, August 10, at Lock Football Club; then Kimba Golf Club on Tuesday, August 11; and then Gladstone Football Club on Wednesday, August 12.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration is essential.

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