Kangaroo Island grain growers asked to help shape future GRDC

Kangaroo Island grain growers and industry stakeholders are invited to contribute their suggestions for future of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, including its investment in research, development and extension.

Parndana on October 25 will host one of a new series of forums across the GRDC Southern Region.

The grower forum will gather grass roots input into GRDC's investment plans by capturing opportunities and constraints facing KI growers.

Participants will also gain insights into current research and extension projects which address issues identified on KI and will have the opportunity to talk to GRDC representatives and researchers working on GRDC investments.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager - South Randall Wilksch. Photo supplied

GRDC Grower Relations Manager - South Randall Wilksch. Photo supplied

GRDC grower relations manager Randall Wilksch said the forums foster a two-way exchange of insights and information.

"We're excited to hold these forums to capture local priorities and have a genuine discussion about how grower levies are being invested by GRDC to help create enduring profitability gains relevant to the local area, particularly through development and extension," he said.

Randall said facilitated workshop sessions during the forums would consolidate and capture local priorities, which will be considered for future GRDC investment in research, development and extension.

The forum will feature three guest speakers, who will present on topics of specific relevance to KI grain growers. Dr Sean Mason of Agronomy Solutions will present on soil and plant testing for profitable fertiliser use, soil nutrient variability and optimising N and P across zones.

SoilsWest Research Fellow Dr Fran Brailsford of Murdoch University will join the forum by Zoom to present on the GRDC ironstone gravels project which is looking at the water and nutrient use efficiency of ironstone gravel soils.

This research is seen as a first for the grains industry and a big step forwards in managing this often under-performing soil type.

Dr Chris Preston, Professor of weed management at the University of Adelaide, will present options for wild radish control in the high rainfall zone and management of herbicide-resistant weeds.

All growers, advisers and industry representatives are welcome to take part in the Grower Forum and dinner, which are free of charge. Registration is essential to ensure a COVID-safe event.

Details: Parndana Bowling Club, Monday October 25, 4.30pm - 8.30pm. Registrations https://bit.ly/KIGrowerForum

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