July 18, 2013
Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) cropping experts from Tamworth and Grafton recently made presentations at the Australian Summer Grains Conference on the Gold Coast.
DPI Manager Northern Cropping Systems, Dr Guy McMullen said it proves the calibre of knowledge and experience in crop research and development in the DPI to present to such a prestigious event as the Australian Summer Grains Conference.
“The conference brings together local, state, national and international speakers to cover the five main summer grain crops sorghum, maize, sunflower, mungbean and soybean,” Dr McMullen said.
The invited speakers from DPI were Loretta Serafin, Leader Northern Dryland Systems Tamworth, Matthew Gardner, Research Agronomist Tamworth and Dr Natalie Moore Research Agronomist Grafton.
Ms Serafin said presenting at the conference provided an opportunity to engage with over 340 delegates from all sectors including growers, agronomists, scientists and industry groups.
“My presentation ‘Irrigated sunflower research in the new millennium’ highlighted recent research conducted at the Liverpool Plains Field Station at Breeza which focused on optimum plant populations, nitrogen management and irrigation timing,” Ms Serafin said.
“This research is important as most of the previous sunflower irrigation research was conducted in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Significant changes to our farming systems, hybrids and management practices have occurred since then.”
Mr Gardner said that presenting to such a diverse audience was very beneficial as it allowed for extensive questioning of the results.
“I presented results from a number of sorghum nitrogen trials from throughout northern NSW.
“The trials highlighted optimum N rates for grain yield generally also resulted in the optimum economic outcome for producers,” Mr Gardner said.
Dr Moore said that her presentation highlighted progress made by the Australian Soybean Breeding Program in developing new varieties for the North Coast and Northern Inland production regions of NSW, including information on two new soybean varieties, ‘Richmond’ and ‘Hayman’ that will be released this summer.
“It is very exciting to be releasing two new varieties that will fulfil different needs for soybean growers in different regions of NSW,” Dr Moore said.
Ms Serafin and Mr Gardner will make further presentations at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grower Research Update to be held in Goondiwindi on 17 July, Rowena 23 July, Bellata 24 July and Quirindi 25 July. Dr Moore will present at the Quirindi Update on 25 July.