Cropping

Cropping workshop

By Country News

About 30 people, mostly farmers, attended a Successful Summer Cropping workshop at Katunga Recreation Reserve on September 12.

Hosted by Murray Dairy, the workshop emphasised the importance of quality summer crops in the current conditions.

‘‘We know farmers have a lot of knowledge — they have been growing maize, sorghum and millet up here for years,’’ Murray Dairy regional extension officer Lisa Birrell said.

‘‘What we wanted to do was for them to share it and tweak it,’’ she said.

‘‘With high water prices and forage short, it is important summer crops are successful for growers to get maximum investment.’’

Ms Birrell said attendees enjoyed the format of the workshop.

‘‘The feedback was really positive,’’ she said.

‘‘People liked the agronomists and thought they knew what they were talking about.

‘‘Many liked the format and it worked really well to learn from their peers.’’

The format included group discussions, with farmers urged to keep in mind future seasonal crops when sowing summer crop varieties.