A record crowd of more than 400 grain growers, farm advisers and industry stakeholders attended the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) Grains Research Updates in Goondiwindi last week to hear about the latest seasonally relevant, paddock-ready research outcomes ahead of the 2019 season.
The annual two-day event at the Cultural Centre, with the theme of ‘Driving profit through research’, started with a keynote address from Australian National University researcher Steven Crimp examining the impact of increasing climate variability on the Goondiwindi region.
Other topics covered during the conference included new results from research into chickpeas in cold temperatures, chaff tramlining for weed seed control, sowthistle management, long season barley varieties, soil nutrition, the best crop rotations for on-farm profitability and targeted tillage.
Darling Downs agronomist John Kerlin said he believed the large attendance reflected the relevance of topics to growers and farm advisers.
“I have been a regular at GRDC Updates for many years and this one definitely offered the most seasonally relevant information, particularly given the challenging conditions we are facing,” Mr Kerlin said.
Mungindi grower and farm consultant Mick Brosnan agreed, saying the two-day event had become an essential ‘personal development’ opportunity for most in his field of work.
“If you are going to take two days out of your business each year, to improve your knowledge and hear the latest research information, Goondiwindi Updates are the place to go,” he said.
“Staying informed is critical in our job, and it is even more so when conditions are dry and you are trying to make decisions with your growers that deliver the most bang for a buck.”