NAMING TRIBUTE: The Gerogery variety trials have been renamed to honour host farmer Evan Moll.

NAMING TRIBUTE: The Gerogery variety trials have been renamed to honour host farmer Evan Moll.

STRONG SHOWING: The annual field day and variety trials have always been well receieved by industry players.

STRONG SHOWING: The annual field day and variety trials have always been well receieved by industry players.

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Gerogery national variety trial and agronomy field day renamed Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day to honour long-time farm host.

The Gerogery NVT and Agronomy Field Day has been a fixture on the southern NSW cropping events calendar for many years and Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to continue the tradition by hosting the 2016 “Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day”, to be held on Thursday 3rd November.  The field day has been renamed in honour of the late Evan Moll, whose family has been hosting the field day at “Elderslie”, for over 80 years.

Riverine Plains Inc Extension Officer Dr Cassandra Schefe says that the day is a hallmark event for growers in the region, with one of the key features of the day being the inspection of the new cereal and canola varieties included in the National Variety Trials (NVT), funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

“The NVT trials provide an excellent opportunity to assess new varieties prior to their commercial release and we are fortunate to have Don McCaffery (NSW DPI) lead the canola discussion, while Peter Matthews (NSW DPI) will lead the cereal discussion” she said.

“The field day also presents an opportunity to discuss the issues that are developing in the lead up to harvest” she said.

“For example, wet conditions are creating access issues for windrowing equipment, and many farmers are now contemplating direct heading canola, often for the first time. Because canola maturity is likely to coincide with the maturity of other crops, there are many practical aspects to consider, so Ian Trevethan (Trevethan Farms) and Shane Matthews (Nufarm) will discuss these issues, as well as chemical options for desiccation” said Cassandra.

“We will also be inspecting two soil pits to determine how plant roots have developed in the wet conditions and will be comparing root development in paddocks with different physical constraints” she added.

Other speakers include Adrian Clancy (AC Ag Commodities) who will speak on grain marketing and David Leah and Jackson Davis (Seed Force) who will speak on utilising excess water by exploring summer crop options. Sue Briggs (Murray LLS) will also talk about benchmarking soil test results.

This field day is supported by Murray Local Land Services (LLS) through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme

The field day will commence at 11am on Thursday, 3rd November at “Elderslie”, Fielder-Moll Road Gerogery. A free BBQ lunch will be provided.

For more information please contact Riverine Plains on (03) 5744 1713 or 0419 238 798.