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GRDC Grains Research Update – Goondiwindi

February 28 @ 8:00 am - March 1 @ 5:00 pm

The 2-day GRDC Grains Research Update at Goondiwindi is back with a vengeance in February/March 2023. If you are involved in the production side of the grains industry, this is an event that you cannot afford to miss. Come along and hear the latest grains research information, share ideas, network and update your knowledge.

Topics: Tuesday 28 February 2023

  • General Plenary
    • Metrics to prove farming system sustainability & secure market access Fiona McCredie (GrainGrowers)
      • Trends and timelines?
    • Key drivers of short & long-term profitability in different farming systems Lindsay Bell (CSIRO)
    • Maintaining long term soil fertility Darren Aisthorpe (DAF Qld) & Jon Baird (NSW DPI)
      • The role of manure, legumes and N fertiliser strategy – lessons from farming systems research
  • Disease
    • Rust in 2023 & beyond Prof. Robert Park (Plant Breeding Institute)
    • Cereal diseases – what could be done better in 2023?
      • Wheat diseases Steve Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI)
      • Barley diseases Lislé Snyman (DAF Qld)
    • Discussion
  • Cropping Outside the Box
    • Companion cropping with wheat & chickpeas Andrew Erbacher (DAF Qld)
    • Experiences with summer sown chickpeas Drew Penberthy (Outlook Ag)
    • Advances in the biological control of flax leaf fleabane with a novel rust fungus Ben Gooden (CSIRO)
    • Silicon in cropping – should we care? Chris Guppy (UNE)
  • Pick ‘n’ Mix
    • Canola in northern farming systems Lindsay Bell (CSIRO) & Jeremy Whish (CSIRO)
      • Varieties, time of sowing, flowering windows, phenology & system legacy impacts
    • PhD presentation: Root architecture Kanwal Shazadi (UQ)
      • Impacts on late season crop development to improve yield & yield stability under water stress
    • Long coleoptile wheat Darren Aisthorpe (DAF Qld)
      • Can they deliver a longer sowing window and deeper seeding option?
    • PhD presentation: Fathiyya Ulfa (UQ)
      • Spatial soil constraint diagnosis using remote sensing & soil data
  • Mental health & finding system profit
    • Looking after yourself to look after your clients in challenging times Mary O’Brien (Are you bogged mate?)
    • Finding profit in the face of increasing input costs, interest and land value Simon Fritsch (Agripath)

Topics: Wednesday 1 March 2023

  • Early risers
    • In paddock decision-making on fungicide intervention Steve Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI), Prof. Robert Park (Plant Breeding Institute), Lislé Snyman (DAF Qld), Tim Poole (Poole Ag Consulting) & Hugh Reardon-Smith (Nutrien Ag Solutions)
      • Interpreting the situation & decision-making for intervention under high inoculum loads.
      • Varietal planning for 2023, disease resistance ratings and mitigating risk
  • Crop protection
    • Fall armyworm impacts by crop, management strategy & resistance Melina Miles (DAF Qld)
    • Effects of summer crop choice on root lesion nematodes, charcoal rot, AMF & winter crop pathogen levels – farming systems results Steve Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI) & Andrew Erbacher (DAF Qld)
    • Mice management strategies in the lead up to baiting and optimising bait effectiveness with different levels of background food Steve Henry (CSIRO)
  • Weeds
    • The role & fit of new pre-emergent herbicides Greg Condon (Grassroots Agronomy)
    • Imazapic & diuron availability & toxicity in different soils Michael Widderick (DAF Qld)
    • Regulatory needs for green-on-green optical spot sprayers; & herbicide tolerance trait stacking Rohan Rainbow (Crop Protection Australia)
    • Crop competition effects on weeds & crops Michael Widderick (DAF Qld)
      • Key trends from six years of research in the northern region
  • Pulses & sustainability
    • Grain farm sustainability Tim Neale (Data Farming)
      • Can technology help to monetise Australian grain farms sustainability?
      • Are there productivity rewards?
    • Managing Phytophthora in chickpeas Sean Bithell (NSW DPI)
      • The impact of soil type and seed treatment
    • Swathing vs direct heading mungbeans Jayne Gentry (DAF Qld)
      • Pro’s and cons
    • PhD presentation: Pigeon pea Mahendraraj Sabampillai (UQ)
      • Temperature, photoperiod & radiation impacts on flowering, biomass & yield in different pigeon pea varieties
  • General plenary
    • Future Farm & the potential value in data-driven N decisions Brett Whelan (University of Sydney)
    • Nitrogen – strategies for building the pool and reducing losses Chris Dowling (Back Paddock Co.)
      • Organic vs different fertiliser N sources
      • Spread urea or drill it in?
      • How much N do legumes add?
      • A systems approach to N.
    • Panel session, including results from Colonsay long term nutrition site Mike Bell (UQ), Chris Dowling (Back Paddock Co.), Bede O’Mara (Incitec Pivot Fertilisers) & Brett Whelan (University of Sydney)
      • How big have the N losses been in recent years
      • Managing NUE in and after wet to drowning years


February 28 @ 8:00 am
March 1 @ 5:00 pm


Grains Research Development Corporation
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Email: rachel.hay@jcu.edu.au

Phone: 0402 289 724