Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Mon Sep 25 03:10:34 CEST 2006

SUPER FODDER BENEFITS - Nine new disease resistant and high yielding "super
fodder" crops have delivered more than $45 million in benefits to the
Australian farm fodder industry.
The new varieties of lucerne, stylo, cowpea and oats were developed by the
GRDC supported Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Plant Protection
(CRC TPP) research.
CRC TT chief executive officer John Irwin said the new varieties would boost
a growing seed and fodder export business targeting a US$10 billion export
trade in Asia and had helped open export markets for Australian seed in
Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
"At home the new varieties are expected to boost Australian dryland lucerne
production by 10 per cent and irrigated lucerne by up to 30 per cent over
the next 5-10 years, as well as being resistant to a wide range of root and
leaf diseases," he said.

Contact: Professor John Irwin, Tel 07 3365 2790

CUTTING THROUGH THE CHAFF - Growers having to wade through an increasing
flood of information can cut through the chaff and access information
relevant to their lives by visiting GrainZone on the GRDC website.
At GrainZone news growers can keep up to date with what's new on the GRDC
website, view the latest media releases, Ground Cover, links and upcoming
events in the region.
To save more time growers can also subscribe to GrainZone news at HYPERLINK
and receive the weekly newsletter with snippets and links to what has been
posted to the website for the week. 
GRDC extension and grower programs manager Tom McCue said GrainZone would
help growers keep in touch with relevant GRDC related industry developments
and events.
"We want to make sure growers can access information helpful for their
businesses and to see what the GRDC is doing on their behalf," Mr McCue
Contact: GRDC, Tel 02 6272 5525  
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Tel 08  9384 1122 




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