Agriculture Victoria key presenters at premier grains industry event
1 March 2018
Five Agriculture Victoria researchers presented their research at one of the Victorian grains industry's most highly regarded events in Bendigo this week.
Agriculture Victoria Regional Research Agronomist Ashley Wallace and Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey are also presented.
The Grains Research Update provides agronomists, consultants, researchers and growers with a forum to showcase innovative thinking and the latest research outcomes relevant to modern farming systems.
Topics and speakers featured at the event are selected by an advisory committee comprising of consultants and grains industry leaders. Agriculture Victoria research director of grains production sciences, Traci Griffin, said it was pleasing to see that the work being performed by Agriculture Victoria was being sought after by industry.
"The Research Updates provide our researchers with a great opportunity to share their work with consultants, agronomists and growers," she said.
As well as sharing key messages from pulse trials carried out in 2017, Dr Jason Brand discussed the importance of early sowing and novel weed management options for lentils, chickpeas, field peas and faba beans for the Wimmera and Mallee.
Dr Grant Hollaway, a senior plant pathologist, spoke on crop diseases with a focus on cereals. He also released the 2018 edition of the Cereal Crop Disease Guide, which features commentary on crop diseases last season, expectations for 2018 and the latest cereal disease ratings.
Hamilton-based Agriculture Victoria researcher Malcolm McCaskill shared the latest findings from a project seeking ways to optimise the yield and economic potential of high input cropping systems in the high rainfall zone.
Dr McCaskill has identified that under-fertilising appears to be a major factor contributing to yield gaps in the high rainfall zone. He also presented a new Excel-based decision support tool, developed to determine the economic optimum application rate of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur under a range of conditions.
Also speaking on the topic of crop nutrition was Agriculture Victoria Regional Research Agronomist Ashley Wallace.
Mr Wallace's research has been focusing on nitrogen placement in cereals; in particular the concept of mid-row banding during the season.
He shared his findings which reveal opportunities to improve nitrogen use efficiency in wheat crops.
As growers and consultants look to the season ahead, a presentation by Agriculture Victoria seasonal risk agronomist Dale Grey was a popular session at the Update.
Mr Grey's presentation titled 'Weather and seasonal forecasting – science or fiction?' motivated plenty of discussion.
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