Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

15 September, 2017, Word Count: 404

Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

Grain growers are invited to the Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia joint Spring Field Day, to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 28 September, 2017.

FAR Australia Managing Director, Nick Poole, said that while the day had a cereal agronomy focus, it was also about providing local growers and advisors with an opportunity to view the range of small plot research trials hosted at the site.

“Our research at the Riverine Research Centre includes agronomy for early-sown dual-purpose wheats, fungicide and nitrogen agronomy in barley, as well as nitrogen research in wheat, so the day’s focus will be on viewing these and other trials, as well as on hearing special presentations by guest speakers” said Nick.

“One of the feature presentations will be made by Dr Fran Lopez, from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, who will discuss the current resistance status of several important fungal diseases, as well as practical management tools to aid control in the field” he said.

“The potential for crop damage as a result of spring frost also weighs heavily on the minds of growers at this time of year, and given the Riverine Research Centre is host to several frost trials, we will be discussing the links between frost risk and sowing date, nitrogen timing and canopy structure” Nick added.

Growers and advisors will also have the opportunity to view the dual purpose cereal research plots, sown as part of a La Trobe University project examining sowing dates, plant populations, nitrogen timing and grazing.

Lee Menhenett, from Incitec Pivot will speak about fertiliser practice in the region over the past 5 years while Dr Cassandra Schefe will present results from Riverine Plains Inc’s 2016 research into nitrogen application and NDVI technology.

The Spring Field Day will run from 9:30am – 1:30 pm on 28 September at the Riverine Research Centre, Forges Road (south of the Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and a BBQ lunch will be provided

The Riverine Research Centre is a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia.

For more information please contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.com.au, on (03) 5744 1713, visit www.riverineplains.org.au or download the RPI & FAR Spring Field Day Flyer 2017.

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au.