The new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel will take to the paddocks in southern New South Wales for an insight into innovative crop research trials, growers’ production challenges and opportunities for future research investment.
Being held from Monday September 11 to Wednesday September 13 2017, the tour will travel to Wagga Wagga, Yanco, Griffith, Jerilderie and Howlong visiting important GRDC research investments into crop yield optimization, thermal response, heat stress, nitrogen fixation, crop nutrition, nitrogen management and irrigated faba bean production.
It also coincides with a major grains research infrastructure investment announcement by GRDC Managing Director Steve Jefferies at Charles Sturt University (CSU) near Wagga Wagga on September 11.
It’s one of the first engagements for the new northern panel which commenced on September 1 and comprises a progressive mix of industry knowledge and experience, involving growers, consultants and researchers from across NSW and Queensland.
Joining the tour will be incoming panelists Liverpool Plains senior agronomist Peter McKenzie, central Queensland senior agronomist Graham Spackman, Riverina district grower Roy Hamilton, Parkes district grower Bruce Watson, West Wyalong grower Roger Bolte and southern Queensland research pathologist and private consultant Jo White.
They will be accompanied by returning panelists Forbes grower Tony Hamilton, Lake Cargelligo agricultural consultant Andrew McFadyen, Chinchilla grower Arthur Gearon, northern panel chair, grower and agricultural consultant John Minogue, GRDC’s General Manager for Applied R&D Brondwen MacLean, Western Australian GRDC Board member Kim Halbert, GRDC Senior Regional Manager – North Jan Edwards, GRDC Integrated Content Manager Julian Fox and GRDC Team Assistant North Linda McDougall.
GRDC northern panel chair John Minogue said the tour offered local growers and consultants an opportunity to directly express their research priorities and have valuable input into the future direction of research and development (R&D) in the region.
“The northern panel plays an important advisory role in the GRDC’s regional investment process, helping refine and prioritise research needs,” Mr Minogue said.
“Tours like these are a critical touch-point with industry and an opportunity to `ground-truth’ existing GRDC research investments against industry needs and priorities to ensure that we identify any R&D gaps.
“Importantly though, it’s a two-way conversation and we welcome questions from growers and consultants about the GRDC’s investments in areas like varietal performance and management, crop nutrition, pest and disease management, soil management and herbicide resistance management.”
The itinerary includes visits to the NSW Department of Primary Industries Bilateral trial sites near Wagga Wagga, CSU, Yanco Agricultural Institute and Managed Environment Facility, AgGrow Agronomy & Research trial sites near Griffith, Southern Growers Inc. trial site near Jerilderie and Riverine Plains trial site near Howlong.
Image: John Minogue. Image provided by the GRDC.