GRDC presence highlights Henty as a grains hub

 September 18, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 2.36.33 PMAustralia’s premier mixed farming event, Henty Machinery Field Days, will have a new face on the grounds this year – the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

It is the first time the GRDC has exhibited at the event, highlighting the region’s increasing prominence as a hub for grains research to boost the profitability of grain growers across NSW.

GRDC’s northern regional grower services manager Sharon O’Keeffe, said the event offered growers an exceptional opportunity to interact with key GRDC northern personnel on issues affecting crop productivity across southern and central NSW.

“By visiting the GRDC site, growers can hear first-hand about some of the research projects helping to drive yield improvement in northern farming systems,’’ Ms O’Keeffe said.

“Accessing up-to-date agronomic research is the first step towards implementing targeted management practices to boost crop yields and addressing common queries in areas like disease management, herbicide use and integrated pest management.

“Even relatively small management changes can make a significant difference to business’ bottom line and GRDC has a wealth of resources to help growers assess their farm and crop management options.

“The GRDC will be onsite at 887 and 888 for the duration of the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 22-24.

“We welcome growers to drop in to discuss any relevant research, development or production issues, and obtain advice on the use of GRDC’s range of GrowNotes, apps or other extension initiatives.’’

The southern NSW production areas have recently been incorporated into the GRDC’s northern region.

The boundary revision coincided with the appointment of a new northern panel which provides an effective link between growers, the research community and GRDC, and plays an important advisory role in GRDC investments across the research, development and extension spectrum.

The new panellists include Tony Hamilton, a Forbes grower, Andrew McFadyen, an agronomy consultant from Coolah, Arthur Gearon, a grower from Chinchilla, and former southern panel members John Minogue, Barmedman and Neil Fettell, Condobolin.

They are joined by returning panellists Loretta Serafin, NSW Department of Industries agronomist, Warren; Jack Williamson, agronomist and grower, Goondiwindi, and Brondwen MacLean, GRDC executive manager research programs, Canberra.