Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Sep 13 03:13:30 CEST 2006


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A major challenge facing crop researchers these days is how to get research
results out to growers faster so they can stay viable.


Often it’s not a matter of carrying out more research, but about making sure
growers access what’s already out there.


Growers are not desk jockeys and spend most of their time out in the paddock
trying to make a living, often preferring to let other people such as farm
consultants, advisors and agronomists keep them informed on important new


The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) supported Crop
Updates each year outlines the progress on important crop research, mainly
for farm consultants and advisors to pass on to growers.


That’s not to say growers don’t try to access important information for
their cropping regimes on the internet, but often when they do, many will
throw their hands up in frustration at the speed of their e-connections.


Growers interested to see Crop Updates research in a paddock context and to
hear what sort of broadband services are available to them are advised to
get along to this year’s Merredin Research Station field day on September


Crop Updates chairman Greg Shea said the theme for the Department of
Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) field day at Merredin was “Get Connected”.


Mr Shea said the role of broadband providers and online delivery of
information would be outlined to growers, many of whom had unsuccessfully
tried to gain access to valuable GRDC supported research results on the


He said the super fast speed of some broadband internet systems to be
demonstrated at the field day would be sure to impress many growers.


There would also be strong emphasis on GRDC supported research featured at
Crop Updates in February, such as Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV), which
has been found throughout the wheatbelt.


DAFWA researcher Dr Roger Jones, who presented a paper on WSMV at Crop
Updates earlier this year, will be at the field day to inform growers how to
prevent serious crop losses from the disease.


Growers are seeing a fair amount of stripe rust in their crops and this
issue will be comprehensively addressed by plant pathologist Geoff Thomas.
The associated issue of varietal choice will be covered by Steven Penny.


Farming systems, weed management projects including the new WeedSeeker
technology and pulse and lupin agronomy will also be covered.


As usual with this kind of event, the emphasis is on growers being able to
interact with researchers in the field.


The research station’s new dam and roaded catchments will also be showcased
with Water Corporation representatives in attendance during the field day to
discuss farm water grant subsidies.


All in all, the field day at Merredin, which has good established trials due
to better opening rains this year, will be informative and a must for many




The Crop Doctor is GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading, Tel 02 6272 5525

Further Information: Greg Shea, Tel 08 9081 3112 or 0427 449 398

GRDC REF: CDSep061.doc/McCue

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