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Sharing knowledge in dry times: Dubbo GRDC Update + PICS

Grain Central, March 4, 2019

MORE than 170 agronomists, growers and industry stakeholders from across Central Western New South Wales turned up to hear the research data and expert advice at the annual Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Update in Dubbo.

The two-day Grains Research Updates are designed to deliver new research directly to the grains industry.

This year the event started with the hot topic of a changing climate. The key address presented by Australian National University Climate Change Institute director, Professor Mark Howden, examined the impact of climate change on New South Wales farming systems, what has already occurred, what is forecast and how grain growers can adapt to these changes.

Other keynote speakers included: Harm van Rees, of Crop Facts Pty Ltd, who discussed opportunities for bridging the ‘yield gap’ as highlighted through the National Paddock Survey; and Wolfgang Speilmeyer from CSIRO, who shared the latest research data into cereal breeding for a changing climate.

Other popular presentations included the latest farming systems research results, examining the best options for water use efficiency and well as profit, and new data on weed management.

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Dubbo GRDC Update Gallery

Grower Angus Dixon, Gilgi, Coonamble, caught up with Elders agronomist Alexander Dean, Coonamble, at the two-day grains conference.

Researchers Sarah Purdy, Angela Pattison and Meredith Herring made the trip from PBI Narrabri for the Dubbo GRDC Update.

Agronomist Joe Bowen, Trundle, with Josh Driver, Dubbo, and Phil Gray, Trundle, at the Dubbo GRDC Updates.

Grower Ray Williams, Magomadine, Coonamble, caught up with Agriwest agronomist Guy Webb, Forbes, at the GRDC Update in Dubbo.

AgnVet’s Mick Harris, Narromine, with Nufarm’s Brett Mawsey, ADMA Australia’s Chris Fletcher, Dubbo, and NuSeed’s Chris Roberts.

Forbes agronomist Megan Davies, Parkes agronomist Luke Wood,grain grower Alex Wood, Manildra, and Manildra agronomist Matthew Ryan.

Pioneer Seeds representatives, Matthew Durkitt and colleague Daryn Tanswell, caught up with Nufarm’s central western NSW sales manager, Melissa Trengove.

Dubbo grain grower Tom Harvey caught up with AGT’s marketing and seed production officer, Douglas Lush, from Queensland’s Darling Downs.

Bayer’s Dubbo representatives, Jon Bennett (left) and Matt Westgarth (right), Dubbo, with University of Queensland researcher Yash Dang (centre).

Auswest Seeds product development manager, Frank McRae, Borenore, with grain grower Terry Fishpool, Minara, Tottenham.

 

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