September 19, 2013
Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) cropping experts from Tamworth will hold cereal trial walks in the North West on 19 and 20 September.
DPI Manager Northern Cropping Systems, Dr Guy McMullen said the cereal trial walks are a great opportunity for crop growers and advisors to hear the latest trial updates first hand from DPI cropping experts.
“We have several opportunities coming up across the North West for industry groups, agronomists and growers to get together and hear the issues that are currently impacting farming systems,” Dr McMullen said.
“DPI works collaboratively with the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and local farmers on these trial sites to provide independent research to the cropping industry.”
The speakers from DPI include Matthew Gardner Research Agronomist and Steven Simpfendorfer Senior Cereal Plant Pathologist who are both based at Tamworth.
Mr Gardner will discuss wheat nitrogen nutrition, time of sowing, new malting barley varieties and safflower farming systems.
“Field trials cover the interactions between three planting dates on 24 wheat and 24 barley varieties, matching nitrogen nutrition to the variety, plant growth regulators and lodging and making in-crop nitrogen decisions,” Mr Gardner said.
Dr Simpfendorfer said disease management trials cover crown rot and how some of the newer varieties perform yield wise in the presence of this disease.
“I will also be discussing the impact of planting time and row spacing on crown rot and if we can manage it with better placement of fungicides,” Dr Simpfendorfer said.
Cereal trial walks to be held:
· Thursday 19 September at “Woolondoon” Rowena at 7.30-10.00 am
· Thursday 19 September at “Myall Vale” Narrabri at 4.00 pm
· Friday 20 September at “Maneroo” Terry Hie Hie at 7.30-9.30 am