Dr Tieneke Trotter
(Photo: CQU)

February 19, 2024

South Burnett farmers interested in growing sesame have been invited to attend a field walk at the Kingaroy Research Facility next month for a close-up look at the performance of new black and white sesame varieties.

The field day will feature a presentation from AgriVentis Technologies’ technical operations manager Andrew McDonald about planting methods and crop agronomy for maximising yield.

CQ University researcher and AgriFutures Australia sesame research program lead Dr Tieneke Trotter will provide an overview of the emerging sesame industry and initiatives to support its expansion.

DAF researchers will also be on hand to provide information on the specific lines planted and their potential to fit within existing farming systems.

The field day will be held from 2:00pm on March 5 at the DAF research facility at 214 Kingaroy-Cooyar Road (opposite Kingaroy Airport).

The afternoon is free, and a barbecue and drinks will follow.

RSVP for catering purposes to Andrew by email or phone 0460-304-343.

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The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will be holding an online update about Fall Armyworm on February 23.

This webinar will start at 9:00am and is free.

It will cover FAW management and risk assessment.

Speakers will include:

  • Ross Pomroy (Nutrien Ag Solutions, Dalby) – an agronomist with FAW experience this season
  • John Eyre (University of Qld, QAAFI) – The relationship between canopy damage and yield. Insights from current threshold trials with maize and sorghum
  • Melina Miles (Qld Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) – Key management considerations and risk assessment

More information is available online


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