Canola roadshow to visit Mulwala

By Rodney Woods

Five years of canola research across eastern Australia will come together to provide growers with critical insights into sowing time, growth periods and flowering, and agronomic tactics as part of the Optimised Canola Profitability roadshows being held across NSW in September.

Experienced researchers will deliver the one-day workshops, including one in Mulwala, directly to growers and farm advisers, covering topics such as:

* When should my canola flower?

* How do I match sowing date and variety to ensure the crop flowers at the right time?

* What is the critical growth period for canola?

* How do I optimise canola crop growth?

* What are the key agronomic tactics to maximise yield?

The Optimised Canola Profitability project is a collaboration between the Grains Research and Development Corporation, CSIRO, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the South Australian Research and Development Institute.As part of the project, 50 field experiments were conducted from 2014 to 2018 to identify the best sowing dates to maximise yield for different canola varieties based on their phenology (rates of development).

GRDC grower relations manager Richard Holzknecht said the research had resulted in the development of comprehensive guidelines for canola growers across eastern Australia.“These roadshows are a chance for growers to hear directly from experienced researchers about critical issues such as regional varietal selection, seed placement and rates, weed, pest and disease management, soil nutrition and windrow timing,” he said.The Optimised Canola Profitability Roadshows will be held from 9.30am to 3pm on:

* September 11 in Wagga Wagga at the Wine and Food Industry Training Centre;

* September 12 in Mulwala at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort.For more information, or to register, go to