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, September 28.
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,” Mr Poole said.
“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.
“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.”
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 five 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 to 1.30pm at the Riverine Research Centre, Forges Road (south of the Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road), Burramine, Victoria.
Morning tea and a barbecue lunch will be provided.
The Riverine Research Centre is a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia.
For more information contact Fiona Hart at [email protected], on (03) 5744 1713 or visit www.riverineplains.org.au.