Cropping research and industry issues discussed at field day

By Rodney Woods

Local research being conducted at the Riverine Research Centre at Yarrawonga and issues of importance to the industry were on the agenda at the recent Riverine Plains and FAR Australia Spring Field Day.

Held on September 24, Riverine Plains deputy chair Adrian Clancy said the Riverine Research Centre provided a new, independent, focal point for regional and national research projects in the Victorian/NSW border region.

“Local trials are important because they provide data and information which are relevant to our own local environment,” he said.

“For example, growers in the Riverine Plains region have increasingly been looking to longer-season cereals to spread risk and increase diversification.

"Multiple trials have now been established at the Riverine Research Centre looking at the local performance of winter and spring-type wheats and barleys, with the field day providing an opportunity to see and hear about these trials in more detail.”

One of the trials toured at the field day included the GRDC management of early sown wheat.

Kenton Porker from the South Australia Research and Development Institute and Michael Straight from FAR Australia spoke about the major findings from the past three years of work.

Mr Porker also spoke on dual-purpose and longer-season barleys.

Kat Fuhrmann, from FAR Australia, provided a disease resistance update in regards to the succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors, or SDHI, group of fungicides.

The field day also included an interactive panel session which addressed issues growers had about the current season.

The panel consisted of Yarrawonga farmer Jamie Cummins, Elders Yarrawonga agronomist Matt Coffey, Michael Straight and Kenton Porker.