Research to boost grain growers’ productivity

Grain growers are set to reap the benefits from local research trials published in a new Queensland Government report.

The QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) crop and food science general manager Garry Fullelove said the Queensland Grains Research 2016 publication provided regionally relevant trial data in an easy-to-understand format.

“The Queensland Grains Research 2016 publication provides valuable insights to growers and agronomists focusing on cereal agronomy, pulse agronomy, nutrition, soils, farming systems, weeds and pathology,” Mr Fullelove said.

“Findings from research conducted by peers in conjunction with industry and researchers include what benefits deep placement nutrients are having in a modern farming system.

“Grain producers are increasingly focusing their attention towards optimising their nutritional program, in particular Phosphorus and Potassium, due to the significant production benefits.

“Other research in the report includes a difficult to control weed project that found mixing different groups of pre-emergent herbicides were most effective in controlling certain weeds. This work was done in collaboration with another project to detect the impact these residual herbicides had on soil biota and the following crop.”

Mr Fullelove said the report was a compilation of over 50 summaries conducted over the past year by the DAF regional agronomy team from Toowoomba, Goondiwindi and Emerald working in collaboration with the Grains Research and Development Corporation, NSW Department of Primary Industries and other stakeholders.

“Queensland’s total cereal grain industry production when averaged over the last 5 years is worth $1.14 billion for cropping (excluding cotton and cane) so the research in this publication will improve the profitability of the grains industry,” he said.

“We’re keen for industry members to come along and discuss these trial results as this will contribute to the future direction of research within their region.

“DAF is hosting regional meetings in Southern Queensland starting with Mungindi on 15 August 2017, Goondiwindi on 16 August 2017, Dulacca on 17 August 2017 and Wellcamp on 18 August 2017.

“Meetings will be held in Central Queensland in November 2017. I’d encourage all grain growers to come along to gain a better understanding of these research results, discuss future trials and pick-up a copy of the publication.”

Mr Fullelove said results for the 2017 trials were being compiled and the report was expected to be released in July 2018.

Source: QLD Government