GRDC panel to tour Midlands and north-eastern grainbelt

30 Aug, 2010 07:11 AM
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Grain growers will have the opportunity to meet the Grain Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) key decision makers when they tour cropping districts in the Midlands and north-eastern grainbelt in early September.

During the GRDC western panel spring tour, panellists will visit districts in a range of rainfall zones to meet growers, researchers and agronomists, and inspect local research and development activities.

Farming districts to be visited during the tour include Badgingarra, Wongan Hills, Bencubbin, Kalannie and Dalwallinu.

Panellists will look at a GRDC funded soil amelioration trial investigating non-wetting soils at the Badgingarra Research Station and attend the Liebe Group spring field day.

GRDC western panel chairman Neil Young said the western panel spring tour gave growers the chance to get a closer look at GRDC supported research and development activities and to meet panel members to discuss research priorities.

“We are also inviting local farm consultants and agronomists to provide their input into GRDC research activities, as well as their advice on developing and extending our research findings so growers can understand and adopt them,” he said.

Mr Young said many of the districts to be visited during this year’s spring tour were experiencing an extremely dry season.

“A season like this reinforces the GRDC’s decision to contribute substantial funds to the Managed Environment Facility at Merredin, which will help breed crops more suited to really tough seasons,” he said.

The western panel spring tour will run from Tuesday September 7 to Thursday, September 9.

* Grain growers interested in attending events during the GRDC western panel spring tour can contact Mr Young on 0428 918 766.

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