August 21, 2012
Tips and experiences from growing pulse trials in Australia and Canada will be the topic of discussion at this month’s Talk in the Park at Grains Innovation Park Horsham. The event, on August 30, features Bruce Holding from DPI Horsham and Canadian technical officer Brent Barlow from the University of Saskatchewan pulse breeding program. Saskatchewan is a prairie province in Canada with many extremes. While it has recorded Canada’s highest temperature, winters can be bitterly cold, with maximum temperatures not breaking ?17 °C for weeks at a time. “I have combined (machine harvested) in the snow and we have hand harvested in the snow more than once,” Mr Barlow said. He will talk about the university’s breeding program, how it is organized, equipment used and how they operate. “I have always found it very stimulating to have visitors who do similar work and I hope I can be of some use to my Australian audience,” Mr Barlow said. DPI’s Bruce Holding will outline highlights of the 3rd Pulse Breeding Australia technical symposium held in Warwick at the Hermitage Research Station this week. (August 21-23). “We decided several years ago to begin regular technical officer gatherings from all pulse breeding research programs around Australia,” Mr Holding said. “Not only is it a great chance to network with like-minded staff but also to learn from each other. This year we have an international perspective with Brent Barlow’s Canadian presentation. “The workshop topics on this year’s program are seed management issues, data capture programs and weighing systems, tours of trials at Warwick and the Darling Downs. “There are equipment inspections as well as discussion about potential biosecurity issues and threats and lessons groups can take from the workshop and apply back at their own sites,” Mr Holding said. A Talk in the Park – Pulse Breeding Technicalities is on August 30 from 3.30pm. To book for this free event, call (03) 5362 2111.