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Grain insights to feature at Kendenup Update

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update for the Albany Zone will be held at the Kendenup Lodge on March 7 2016 and will feature a line-up of local and international speakers.

The event is part of a series of Grains Research Update events being staged across the Western Australian grainbelt.

GRDC Western Regional Panel member and grower Andy Duncan said the Update, which begins at 8.30am and is hosted by Stirlings to Coast Farmers, was expected to attract growers from throughout the region.

He said the program for the Kendenup event was specifically targeted at addressing priority issues impacting on grower profits in the Albany port zone.

Mr Duncan said these included plant protection, crop system resilience and soil constraints.

“In the plant protection sessions topics covered will include detection and management of snails, local trial results for a number of crop diseases and effective management of root lesion nematodes,” he said.

“Market and agronomy information for noodle wheat will be presented in the sessions on crop resilience and there will also be presentations on dual purpose crops and local legume options.

“In the soil constraints sessions, compaction, non-wetting soils and ‘simple tools for smart decisions’ will be areas addressed.”

From a local to a global perspective, the Grains Research Update, Kendenup forum will also host international speaker David Hughes, an international expert in the global food and drink sector based at the Imperial College in London, who will discuss consumer trends.

“Another international speaker at the Kendenup event will be plant pathologist Lone Buchwaldt, of Agriculture and Agro-Food Canada, who will focus on management of canola diseases and lessons learned from Canada,” Mr Duncan said.

Many of the speakers at the GRDC Grains Research Update, Kendenup, are also presenting at the GRDC’s Grains Research Update, Perth – being held on February 27-28 2017.

Mr Duncan encouraged growers to attend the Update event that was most convenient for them.

“Programs for the events focus on information specific to the region in which they are held and are aimed to help local growers increase their profitability,” he said.

“The Updates are also a great opportunity for growers to network with each other, presenters and a range of industry people attending the events, and to ask experts about a range of topics that are important to their grain businesses.”

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