Cropping

Updates offer insight

By Country News

With new challenges to farm productivity and profitability testing the NSW industry each year, growers are urged to keep across the latest research and development insights by participating in the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s 2019 Grains Research Updates.

Preventing ‘truth decay’ in agriculture and preserving growers’ social licence, along with information about how the national paddock survey is helping guide farm management decisions, plus solutions to nitrogen and soil organic matter decline, will be among the many topics addressed at the upcoming updates.

GRDC grower relations northern manager Richard Holzknecht said the topics were selected by local planning committees and included regionally relevant, rigorously-tested research that was farm-ready and had the potential to bolster growers’ bottom lines.

‘‘The GRDC invest in research on behalf of growers that is designed to deliver real gains to farm profitability and assist in overcoming constraints and positioning the industry well for the future,’’ he said.

‘‘Communicating outcomes from this research, along with innovative developments in agricultural technology and topical issues like social licence, is a critical part of our role and responsibility to growers, advisers and industry stakeholders.

‘‘The updates provide an ideal forum for learning, sharing ideas and networking, all of which are critical to successful and effective change and progress on-farm.’’

The GRDC 2019 Grains Research Updates will be held at:

■Wagga Wagga: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19 and 20 at Joyes Hall, Charles Sturt University.

■Corowa: Thursday, February 21 at Corowa RSL.

■Dubbo: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26 and 27 at Dubbo RSL.

■Coolah: Thursday, February 28 at Coolah Sporting Club.

■Spring Plains: Friday, March 1 at Spring Plains Hall.

■For more information, agendas or registration forms, visit: www.icanrural.com.au or www.grdc.com.au or phone John Cameron or Erica McKay on (02) 9482 4930 or email: erica@icanrural.com.au