Navarre workshop to help farmers understand soils and manage stubbles
15 February 2019
Agriculture Victoria will host a workshop at Navarre next month to give grain growers a broader understanding of their soils and options for effective stubble management.
The ‘Stubble Trouble’ workshop is coordinated by Agriculture Victoria, Wimmera Farming Network, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and Tyler’s Rural.
The workshop will include presentations by Navarre-based agronomist, Ashley de Clifford, and hands-on activities with Agriculture Victoria soil specialists, Rebecca Mitchell and Murray Hart.
Event organiser, Heather Drendel of Agriculture Victoria, said the workshop gives local growers a great opportunity to learn more about soils and stubble management prior to the start of the season.
“Ashley de Clifford will present alternative ways for farmers to manage heavy stubble loads, which have been a particular challenge in recent years.”
Mr de Clifford will discuss effective stubble management, including stubble retention, windrow burning, straw baling and chaff lining.
He will outline the pros and cons of disc and tyne seeders for different soil types, row spacings and guidance.
Mr de Clifford will also lead a discussion on how farmers can manage herbicide-resistant weeds and pre-emergent herbicide efficacy with high stubble loads.
Ms Mitchell and Dr Hart will lead an inspection of a local soil pit, demonstrate basic soil tests for farmers to do themselves and highlight key subsoil properties that can limit plant growth.
Between 9.30am and 3.00pm
Friday 15 March
Navarre Recreation Reserve
Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
To register for catering, please contact Heather Drendel, Agriculture Victoria on 0427 868 705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Name: Justine Severin
Contact Number: 0436 674 804
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