Goondiwindi GRDC Update Agenda and Fax/Mail

Grains Research Update
Tuesday 3rd and
Wednesday 4th
March 2015
Speaker (s)
10:00 AM Welcome James Clark (Chair Northern Panel GRDC)
10:10 AM
Helping clients adopt and manage change: Lessons learnt from 29 years of
herbicide resistance in WA. Geoff Fosbery
10:45 AM
Making good decisions great: Questions to challenge and improve decision making.
Cam Nicholson
(Nicon Rural Services)
11:15 AM
Finding more yield and profit from farming systems: Attainable yields,
benchmarking yields using local WUE numbers, economics of profit draggers and drivers.
Simon Fritsch
11:55 AM
Social media for ageing agronomists: Social media to speed access to and share
new stuff.
Pru Cook (GRDC)
12:35 PM
1:35 PM
Concurrent session 1 (See concurrent sessions for details)
3:20 PM
Afternoon tea
3:50 PM
Concurrent session 2 (See concurrent sessions for details)
5:35 PM
6:40 PM
Pre-dinner drinks
7:30 PM
Dinner – Royal Hotel Marshall Street
Speaker (s)
8:30 AM
Concurrent session 3 (See concurrent sessions for details)
10:15 AM
Morning tea 10:45 AM
Concurrent session 4 (See concurrent sessions for details)
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
Soil sodicity: Chemistry; physics and amelioration. Soil structural & plant impacts. Prof. Neal Menzies
2:20 PM
Managing nutrition in sodic soils
Chris Guppy (UNE)
2:50 PM
Location and Timing of Concurrent Sessions
Goondiwindi Goondiwindi Training Centre
River room
auditorium Training Centre computer lab
Session 1
Varietal agronomy
Session 2
Varietal agronomy
Session 3
Soil and water
Summer crop
Session 4
Soil and water
Lodging & discussion with:
Pru Cook, Cam Nicholson,
Simon Fritsch and Geoff Fosbery
Summer crop
Lodging & discussion with:
Maurie Street, Rob Buttimor,
Peter Martin and Steve Simpfendorfer
(Sessions 1 & 2 on day 1)
Chemistry in the spray tank to avoid reactions you don’t
want! Managing PH, water volume and hardness, formulation type,
tank mixes and mixing order. (Rob Buttimor, Senior formulation
chemist Dow AgroSciences)
Weed seed capture at harvest - research in central NSW.
(Maurie Street, GOA)
NGA weeds research update: Comparing new herbicide options
for problem weeds in chickpeas; Residual chemistry in crops and
fallow. (Lawrie Price & Richard Daniel, NGA)
Varietal agronomy
(Sessions 1 & 2 on day 1)
A new and more effective way to use and interpret variety
trials to select optimum varieties.
(Peter Martin, Howqua Consulting)
Wheat variety response to sowing time and quantifying the
yield impact: Comparing strategies to select varieties with a more
stable yield across sowing dates or switch to a shorter season at later
dates? How big is the bet and what are the odds?
(Peter Martin, Howqua Consulting & Guy McMullen, NSW DPI)
Barley agronomy and variety research (Rick Graham, NSW DPI)
Cereal breeding directions for the Northern Region:
Gene markers, technologies and new traits to add value.
(Haydn Kuchel, AGT)
(Sessions 1 & 2 on day 1)
Impact of crop varieties on RLN multiplication.
(Brendan Burton, NGA)
Disease update: Stripe rust in high yield crops of SuntopA and LancerA
- what’s happening? Leaf rust and the NaparooA attacking pathotype.
(Steve Simpfendorfer, NSW DPI)
Crown-rot: What’s in the breeding pipeline?
(Phil Davies, Uni. Syd. PBI)
Crown-rot tolerance in new cereal cultivars: Is there enough to
base varietal decisions on? (Rob Long, B & W Rural)
New crown-rot perspectives: Using Predicta-B vs stubble tests;
sampling protocols for reliable results & applying test results to individual
paddock situations. (Steve Simpfendorfer, NSW DPI)
GRDC Update supporters
(Sessions 3 & 4 on day 2)
Insect management research in fababeans and canola (Melina Miles, DAFF Qld.)
A new tool to test if Phytophthora is building to damaging
levels in the rotation: PredictaB. How damaging is Phytophthora
and applied management. (Sean Bithell, NSW DPI)
Chickpea, faba bean and mungbean research to maximise
yield. (Andrew Verrell, NSW DPI & Kerry McKenzie, DAFF Qld.)
Ascochyta: is the pathogen changing and what are the implications
for management? (Kevin Moore, NSW DPI)
Soil and water
(Sessions 3 & 4 on day 2)
A brand new ‘you beaut’ soil water App to estimate soil
water automatically: The app uses a range of inputs, including a
wireless rain gauge and soil water sensors (Brett Robinosn)
Nitrogen management in wheat: (Richard Daniel, NGA)
• Impact of timing and slow release products on canopy
management and yield
• Late N for protein - do multiple low rates improve efficacy
and economics?
A calculator to assess the economics of deep placement of
P over time (Andrew Zull, DAFF Queensland)
Lab test stats on testing for deep P on the Downs:
A call to action for best practice - Only 1.4% are doing it thoroughly!
(Bede O’Mara, Incitec Pivot)
Accurate and efficient measurement of soil water in
dryland systems - issues and experience in replacing probes
with EM38. Byron Birch (Rimanui Farms) and Andrew Smart
(Precision Cropping Technologies)
Summer Crop
(Sessions 3 & 4 on day 2)
Grain sorghum: Varietal reactions to heat stress and environment –
what are they and why the differences? (Scott Chapman, CSIRO)
Sorghum agronomy research update: Dryland and irrigated
trials to maximise yield potential. Pulling together the variables of
variety, sowing time, nutrition, row spacing and population.
(Guy McMullen & Loretta Serafin, NSW DPI)
High yield irrigated sorghum research: Yield targets for happy
clients! (Trevor Philp, Pacific Seeds)
Alternate end uses and emerging markets for grain sorghum
and opportunities to value add. (Ross Naidoo, DAFF Qld.)
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