DAF agronomist Neil Halpin

July 1, 2020

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has introduced a live online platform to reach out to growers.

Instead of face-to-face GRDC updates, the latest research is being shared via a series of livestreamed events designed to help farmers make informed decisions to improve profitability.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager (North) Richard Holzknecht said while the delivery format had changed, the latest paddock-ready recommendations and relevant research insights remained firmly on the agenda.

“Growers and agronomists have come to rely on the GRDC Updates to inform their tactical decision-making during the cropping season and beyond, so it is imperative they continue to have access to new research information,” Mr Holzknecht said.

“With the continuing social distancing restrictions of COVID-19, we made the decision to stream a series of online events directly to growers, agronomists and researchers.”

A webinar for peanut and soybean growers has been organised for Thursday, August 27.

This will cover new research in peanuts (presented by Neil Halpin from DAF Qld);  three new varieties of soybeans; and target spot and anthracnose diseases in soybeans.

As well, GRDC has organised a series of online events for northern NSW and Queensland growers which will be held at 9:00am on Tuesdays from July 14 to August 25:

  • July 14 – Summer crops in western regions
  • July 21 – Early sown sorghum
  • July 28 – Irrigation
  • August 4 – Diseases
  • August 11 – Farming systems
  • August 18 – Mungbean physiology, rhizobium and nematodes
  • August 25 – Mungbean agronomy and water use efficiency

Six online events for the northern region will also run throughout September on either a Tuesday or Thursday at 9:00am:

  • September 1 – Chickpeas
  • September 3 – Rhizobia
  • September 8 – Sorghum for 2050
  • September 10 – Future Farming
  • September 15 – Sorghum for human consumption
  • September 17 – A look into the future, grains industry in 2030

For more information – and to register for the free events – visit the ICAN website

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