Latest grains knowledge on offer at Crystal Brook

Latest grains knowledge on offer at Crystal Brook

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THE latest outcomes from grains R&D will be divulged at a Crystal Brook forum next month.

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Among the guest speakers will be entomologist Maarten van Helden from the SARDI will provide an update on the management of Russian wheat aphid.

Among the guest speakers will be entomologist Maarten van Helden from the SARDI will provide an update on the management of Russian wheat aphid.

THE latest outcomes from grains research and development, which offer the potential for positive impact on-farm, will be delivered to graingrowers at a forum in Crystal Brook next month.

The GRDC is hosting a regional Grains Research Update at the Crystal Brook Football Club on Thursday, February 11.

GRDC Southern grower relations manager Tom Blake says the Update will present information, advice and recommendations for informing growers' tactical decision-making for improved profitability.

"The Grains Research Update will bring several experts to the region to discuss with growers and advisers new knowledge from research into issues of local importance," he said.

The Update will be attended by growers, agronomists, consultants, researchers and other grains industry personnel from across the Lower, Mid and Upper North regions, Yorke Peninsula and elsewhere.

Among the guest speakers will be entomologist Maarten van Helden from SARDI, who will provide an update on the management of Russian wheat aphid, particularly the performance capability of the new RWA threshold calculator in determining cost-effective treatment.

Brian Hughes from PIRSA will present the latest knowledge on treatment of soil acidification, including the impact of lime type, rate, manures, mapping and incorporation.

Getting the best results from harvest weed seed control will be explored by Chris Davey from WeedSmart, while CSIRO's Mark Farrell will look at the strategies available to slow or reverse the decline of soil organic matter.

The state of play with glyphosate resistance will be examined by Peter Boutsalis from the University of Adelaide and Plant Science Consulting, including looking at ways of improving efficacy to minimise the increase in resistance of this critically important chemistry.

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