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Premier grain event to showcase research and innovation

GRDC Western Regional Panel chairman Peter Roberts says innovation and the impact of new enabling grain breeding technologies will be among key themes covered by keynote speakers at the GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth. Photo by GRDC.

Registrations are now open for the premier event on the annual calendar of Western Australia’s $5 billion grains industry.

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Western Regional Panel chairman Peter Roberts said the 2018 GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth, would be held at Crown Perth on February 26 and 27 2018.

“The two-day program will showcase the latest research, technology, market development and management innovations to improve the productivity and profitability of the WA grains industry,” he said.

“The GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth, provides a mix of ‘farm-ready’ research results that growers can apply directly to their farming operations, as well as unique perspectives about leading trends in grain production and agriculture provided by Australian and international speakers.

“With 2016’s event attended by more than 600 growers, consultants and other industry stakeholders, it is also an excellent networking opportunity.

“The grains industry is the main agricultural industry contributing to the WA economy, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the farm gate value of agriculture in the State.”

Mr Roberts said GRDC investment directions, innovation and the impact of new enabling grain breeding technologies for Australian grain growers would be among the themes for keynote speakers on the Perth Update program.

He said in the area of innovation, keynote speaker Martin Abell, of Precision Decisions in the United Kingdom, would speak about the ground-breaking ‘Hands-Free’ grain farming project.

“This is run by Harper Adams University in Shropshire and Precision Decisions and aims to be the first in the world to farm a crop exclusively with robots,” he said.

“Its objectives include planting, managing and harvesting a crop with only autonomous vehicles and drones and takes robotic farming to a new level in the UK.”

On the theme of enabling grain breeding technologies, Todd Gaines, of Colorado State University in the USA, will address technology developments in global wheat breeding programs. Haydn Kuchel, of Australian Grain Technologies (AGT), and Nicole Jensen, of the GRDC, will speak about Australia’s progress in accessing all available enabling technologies to fast track grain breeding programs.

Extended focus sessions at the Perth Update event will include making digital agricultural technologies work for WA grain growers; crop nutrition research priorities; and farming systems.

Mr Roberts said the two-day GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth, would be complemented by three one-day GRDC Grains Research Update events to be held in Northampton on February 23 2018, Darkan on February 28 2018 and Corrigin on March 1 2018.

Discounts for early-bird registration for the GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth, apply until January 28, 2018.

Source: GRDC

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