[ASC-media] GROWERS RECOGNISE BENEFITS/TO BE PRECISE :GRDC Grain Flashes
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Thu Oct 19 06:15:10 CEST 2006
Two news shorts from the Grains Research & Development Corporation
GROWERS RECOGNISE BENEFITS - Two thirds of WA growers and a similar number
nationally, believe they have directly benefited from GRDC supported
research, according to GRDC chairman and WA grower Terry Enright.
Some factors he attributed to grower recognition of GRDC's research and
development efforts included its involvement in the National Variety Trials,
international research collaborations and farming systems research.
"Collaboration with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in
Mexico is speeding up introduction of new genetic material that will
maximize adoption of superior traits to the benefit of all Australian
graingrowers," he said.
He said a breakdown of grower feedback indicated 68 per cent of WA growers
believed they had received a direct benefit from GRDC research compared with
69 per cent in the southern region and 63 per cent in the northern region.
Contact: Terry Enright, Tel 08 9854 2039
TO BE PRECISE - Growers do not need to spend big money on precision
agriculture (PA) to gain some of its benefits, according to CSIRO WA
research scientist Dr Michael Robertson.
In his address to the GRDC supported Australian Society of Agronomy
Conference in Perth, Dr Robertson said growers could take their first step
towards PA by monitoring harvester yield maps.
"This will start to get people looking at managing paddocks differently.
Getting into PA does not have to be hi-tech, as there are some cheap GPS
systems out there," he said.
"If PA works anywhere it will work in WA because of bigger farm sizes,
greater variability in yields across paddocks and a record of growers
adopting new technology when they see its benefits."
A PA manual, produced by the GRDC, will help growers gain best use of
available technology. The CD can be ordered online through the GRDC website
Contact: Dr Michael Robertson, Tel 08 9333 6461 HYPERLINK
"mailto:michael.robertson at csiro.au"
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