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2015 Agribusiness Crop Updates

The 2015 Agribusiness Crop Updates was held at Crown Perth from the 24th - 25th February, 2015.

This event is hosted by:

                    

 

 

A two day program showcasing the latest research, technology, market development and management innovations to improve the productivity and profitability of the WA grains industry.

  • Get the latest information from local, national and international researchers and industry experts
  • Network with those who are at the cutting edge of improving WA’s cropping systems and innovations to improve the WA grain supply chain
  • Build and extend your technical knowledge of the industry

 

Presented Papers

DAY 1

Plenary 1
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - The Paleolithic anti-grain diet is not real but climate change is! (no paper or presentation)

Plenary 2
Innovations from around the globe of value to grain farming in Western Australia

  Chris Reichstein - How farmers learn – greater value from R & D through better extension. (presentation)
  Nicole Lockwood - Driving investment in Western Australian agriculture (presentation)
  Bob Nixon - Mitigating risk in a dry and variable climate. (presentation)

  Colin De Grussa - Influencing the Influencers. (presentation)

  Nick Gillett - Innovative ways of improving crop germination and yield in a drying climate. (presentation)
  Dr Dmitri Rylko - The future prospects for exports from Russia and the Black Sea countries. (presentation)
  John Woods Director (Non-executive) GRDC & Peter Roberts, Chairman of the GRDC Western Panel - Future Directions for GRDC investments in grains R, D & E, Seed of Light Award. (presentation)

Session 1 - Grain Marketing
  Dr Yan Lin - China Brewing Industry Trends and Future Requirements. (presentation)
  Luke Fraser - How to achieve the least cost transport of grain in WA. (presentation)
  Jerome Critch - Paddock to Port: Keeping WA grain in high demand by international exporters. (presentation)


Session 2 - Crop Varieties
  Peter Burgess - Production Value_PLUS System: WA Wheat. (presentation)
Blakely Paynter - MET analysis of NVT barley trials 2005-2014. (paper)
  Blakely Paynter - MET analysis of NVT trials 2005 - 2014 (presentation)
Matt Davey - Canola National Variety Trial Results 2014. (paper)
  Matt Davey - Canola National Variety Trial Results 2014. (presentation)


Session 3 - Pest, disease and Weed Management
John Moore - A device for mapping grain contaminants and using microwaves to kill ryegrass seed and snails. (paper)
  John Moore - A device for mapping grain contaminants and using microwaves to kill ryegrass seed and snails. (presentation)
  Prof Mark Gibberd - CCDM – a long term investment to reduce the economic impact of crop diseases. (presentation)
  Ben White - On-farm grain storage. (presentation)

Session 4 - Soil Management
Bob Belford - Soil Constraints – West: a GRDC Initiative to develop soil management systems for the future. (paper)
 Bob Belford - Soil Constraints – West: a GRDC Initiative to develop soil management systems for the future. (presentation)
* Callum Wesley - Furrow formation and Inter-row Compaction (FFIC) for Improved Wheat Production and Profitability in Water-limited Environments of the Eastern Wheatbelt of WA. (paper)
  Callum Wesley - Furrow formation and Inter-row Compaction (FFIC) for Improved Wheat Production and Profitability in Water-limited Environments of the Eastern Wheatbelt of WA. (presentation)
Bill Bowden  - Where has all the phosphorous gone? -Long term effects of alternative phosphorus sources on soil fertility. (paper)
 Bill Bowden  - Where has all the phosphorous gone? -Long term effects of alternative phosphorus sources on soil fertility. (presentation)

Session 5 - Grain Marketing
  Tobin Gory - Global Grains 2015 - will we traverse from the cyclical back to the structural? (presentation)
  Nathan Cattle - Options - the grass selective herbicide of price risk management for growers? (presentation)

Ben Raisbeck - From paddock to port - shaping the WA Supply Chain for the future. (no paper or presentation) 

Session 6 - Crop varieties
Alan Meldrum - Pulse variety performance in 2014. (paper)
  Alan Meldrum - Pulse variety performance in 2014 (presentation)
Denis McGrath - End Point Royalties – what are they and why do we need them? (no paper / no presentation available)
  John Connell - Technology to improve farm business productivity – Doppler radar and mobile communications. (presentation)

Session 7 - Crop rotations
Roger Lawes - How risky is your rotation? (paper)
  Roger Lawes - How risky is your rotation? (presentation)
Martin Harries - Crop and pastures sequences, where are we at? Findings of a 5 year survey of 184 paddocks. (paper 1)
Martin Harries - Crop and pastures sequences, where are we at? Findings of a 5 year survey of 184 paddocks 2 (paper 2)
  Martin Harries - Crop and pastures sequences, where are we at? Findings of a 5 year survey of 184 paddocks (presentation)

Christine, Zaicou-Kunesch - Wheat versus Barlye - managing nitrogen for profitability following cano Christine, Zaicou-Kunesch - Wheat versus Barlye - managing nitrogen for profitability following cano (310 KB)


 


Session 8 -  Disease management
* Daniel Hüberli - Rhizoctonia solani AG8: New breakthroughs in control and management. (paper)
 Daniel Hüberli - Rhizoctonia solani AG8: New breakthroughs in control and management. (presentation)
Crown rot session
* Roger Lawes - Rhizoctonia and Crown Rot status of Western Australian paddocks can be managed with crop rotation. (paper)
 Roger Lawes - Rhizoctonia and Crown Rot status of Western Australian paddocks can be managed with crop rotation. (presentation)
Shahajahan Miyan and Daniel Huberli - Reduce losses from Crown Rot through variety choice and inter-row sowing. (paper)
  Shahajahan Miyan and Daniel Huberli - Reduce losses from Crown Rot through variety choice and inter-row sowing. (presentation)

Greg Shea - Integrated management options for Crown Rot Greg Shea - Integrated management options for Crown Rot (2744 KB)



DAY 2

GIWA/AGI Breakfast
Professor Ross Kingwell - Canada's grain supply chains: observations and implications for Australia. (presentation)

Session 9 - Canola agronomy
Martin Harries - Wide row canola why bother; a summary of a series of small plot and farmer trials and farmer experiences. (paper)
  Martin Harries - Wide row canola why bother; a summary of a series of small plot and farmer trials and farmer experiences. (presentation)
Mark Seymour & Sally Sprigg - Timing of nitrogen for canola in lower rainfall areas in WA – can you delay applying N until your canola is flowering? (paper)
  Mark Seymour & Sally Sprigg - Timing of nitrogen for canola in lower rainfall areas in WA – can you delay applying N until your canola is flowering? (presentation)

Session 10 - Crop stress management
Ben Biddulph - Preliminary ratings of wheat varieties for susceptibility to reproductive frost damage. (paper)
  Ben Biddulph - Preliminary ratings of wheat varieties for susceptibility to reproductive frost damage. (presentation)
Paul Telfer - Heat stress tolerance of wheat. (paper)
  Paul Telfer - Heat stress tolerance of wheat. (presentation)

Session 11 - Products and services
  
Drew Christian - Managing On Farm Grain The Production Wise Approach. (presentation)
 
Richard Quinlan - Instantaneous pH probes for quick and accurate pH mapping in Western Australia. (presentation)
Darren Keating - Export oaten hay opportunity for grain growers. (paper)
 Darren Keating - Export oaten hay opportunity for grain growers. (presentation)

Session 12 - Soil management
David Hall - Long term effects of claying on non-wetting and plant nutrition. (paper)
  David Hall - Long term effects of claying on non-wetting and plant nutrition. (presentation)
Stephen Davies - Assessing agronomic options for managing wheat on water repellent soils. (paper)
  Stephen Davies - Assessing agronomic options for managing wheat on water repellent soils. (presentation)

Session 13 - GRDC Backchat
Peter Roberts - GRDC back chat: Opportunity to discuss GRDC future directions. (no paper or presentation)

Session 14 - Grain productivity
  Ravjit Khangura - Unravelling factors involved in the development of Sclerotinia stem rot in canola, particularly in the light of making fungicide spray decisions. (presentation)
  Ashley Herbert - International grain benchmarking project – how do we rate in Australia? (presentation)

Session 15 - Crop breeding
David Moody - Breeding for imidazolinone tolerant barley varieties: industry issues and concerns. (paper)
  David Moody - Breeding for imidazolinone tolerant barley varieties: industry issues and concerns. (presentation)
Hossein Saberi - Tolerance to ion toxicities enhances grain yield in acid soils prone to flooding and terminal drought. (paper)
 Hossein Saberi - Tolerance to ion toxicities enhances grain yield in acid soils prone to flooding and terminal drought. (presentation)

Session 16 - Products and services
  Tony Russell - Market access opportunities and challenges for the Australian grains industry. (presentation)
  Katrina Read - Transforming business with big data and analytics. (presentation)


Session 17 - Soil management
 

Craig Scanlan - Shifting soil pH with lime requires a small shift in nutrient management to maximize Craig Scanlan - Shifting soil pH with lime requires a small shift in nutrient management to maximize (1288 KB)


Stephen Davies - Long-term responses to soil amelioration – benefits will last more than 10 years! (paper)
  Stephen Davies - Long-term responses to soil amelioration – benefits will last more than 10 years! (presentation)

Session 18 - Capacity building
How to become a top agronomist.  (Facilitated by Chris Wilkins, Synergy Consulting) (no paper or presentation)

Plenary 3
* Malcolm Morrison - Innovations underpinning yield improvements in the Canadian canola industry (paper)
 Malcolm Morrison - Innovations underpinning yield improvements in the Canadian canola industry (presentation)
* Dr James Hunt - Opportunities for early sowing of wheat in WA. (paper)
  Dr James Hunt - Opportunities for early sowing of wheat in WA. (presentation)

Focus Session 3

Focus Session 3_ Climate, soil water and weather tools Focus Session 3_ Climate, soil water and weather tools (1211 KB)

Focus Session 2_Time of Sowing Focus Session 2_Time of Sowing (185 KB)


* Denotes papers received but not independently reviewed

Papers submitted, but not presented, at the 2015 WA Agribusiness Crop Updates:
* Geoff Anderson - Enhancing the sustainability of the Western Australia cropping system by using soil and plant testing combined with nutrient balance calculations 

Derk Bakker - The phytotoxicity of pre-emergence herbicides on mould boarded soils
Philip Barrett-Lennard - The impacts of early sowing and crop grazing on the grain yield and quality of a range of winter and spring cereal varieties 
* Andrew Bathgate - The economics of grazing crops in the Central Wheatbelt and South Coast Regions of WA 
Ross Brennan - More profit from crop nutrition II - Use of micronutrients; an evaluation of past and current research
* Paul Carmody - Farmer attitudes to break crops 2008 to 2014: what has changed?
Benjamin Congdon - Developing a forecasting model and Decision Support System for Pea seed-borne mosaic virus epidemics in field pea crops 
Stephen Davies - Lime incorporation into acidic subsoils – assessing cost, efficacy, value and novel approaches 
* Frank D'Emden - Establishment of a network of soil moisture probes and Yield Prophet sites across the WA wheatbelt

Harmohinder Dhammu - Herbicide tolerance of new Canola varieties
Harmohinder Dhammu - Metribuzin tolerance of new wheat varieties

Deborah Engelbrecht - A new tool for calculating the carbon footprint of WA farms
* Fiona Evans - Seasonal forecasts add value to DAFWAs rainfall to date and water tools

David Freebairn - A new way to estimate and monitor the water content of soil (SWApp)
David Ferris - Serradella and perennial grasses lift pasture productivity on deep sandy soils
Andrew Fletcher - The N fixation by a lupin crop may be quite large but it’s economic value is small 
Bob French -  The importance of wheat cultivar and seed size for deep sowing 
Aanandini Ganesalingam - The PV-PLUS system for NVT analysis and reporting
* Ashton Gray - Fungicide timings for the management of Septoria in Bannister oats 
* Sanjiv Gupta - Change in adult foliar disease resistance profiles of barley varieties grown in Western Australia from 2013 to 2015
Sanjiv Gupta - Recent changes in disease resistance profiles of barley varieties in Western Australia
Meredith Guthrie - The influence of climate change on Western Australian agriculture
James Hagan - Economics of Crop Rotations in Medium Rainfall WA 
James Hagan - Tools and Planning to Ease the Transition to Controlled Traffic Farming
* Abul Hashem - Effect of row spacing, nitrogen and weed control on crop and weed in a wheat - lupin - canola rotation
Tyrone Henning - Wodjil Workout - Determining economic rates and incorporation methods for lime in the Eastern Wheatbelt of WA
* Kithsiri Jayasena, Kazue Tanaka, Laurie Wahlsten and Vince Lambert - Barley varieties with adult plant resistance stand up for leaf rust 
* Trevor Klein - New breakthroughs in control and management of fungal diseases - UNIFORM for management of stripe rust and yellow spot

* Jeff Kraak - Carbon farming and nitrogen fertilizer, opportunity or threat?
Roger Lawes - If you are growing a spring wheat variety it is probably not worth tailoring sowing date to the individual variety in Western Australia
Raj Malik - Do barley cultivars differ in their phosphorus use efficiency (PUE)?
* Raj Malik - Nitrogen management of new malting barley varieties
Svetlana Micic - Does aphid feeding cause yield loss in unstressed determinate canola
Svetlana Micic - Update on redlegged earth mite resistance in WA
* Neil Mortimer - Fungicide Control of Sclerotinia in Canola
Blakely Paynter -  Seasonal and genetic differences in the phenology (duration to awn emergence) of barley when sown in late April through to early July
Sally Peltzer - Glyphosate resistance in annual ryegrass is on the increase: Is it developing in your fencelines?
* David Rees - Water Use Efficiency to improve farm budgeting - a case study
Jeff Russell - Adoption of Grain Biosecurity Best Practice by WA grain growers
* Kelly Ryan - MySoil – dishing the dirt on soil constraints
Brenda Shackley - Getting the most out of our long season wheat varieties
* Manisha Shankar - Stacking yellow spot resistance genes into fixed lines results in genetic gain
Darshan Sharma - Dry seeding- more wins than losses
Kadambot Siddique - New ascochyta blight resistant chickpea varieties offer profitable legume options to growers
Siva Sivapalan - Leakage under paddy rice system in the Ord
* Kazue Tanaka and Kithsiri Jayasena - Monitoring airborne spores as an early disease warning
Geoff Thomas - White Grain Disorder of Wheat in Western Australia
* Geoff Thomas and Manisha Shankar - Incursion of new pathotype of wheat leaf rust into Western Australia in 2013 and its potential impact in Mace
* Georgina Troup - Are Bannister and Williams suitable for export oaten hay?
Christiaan Valentine - Refining summer sowing technology to improve serradella establishment when sown into subtropical grass pastures 
Wright, Dominie - Information? What information? Lots of information! Where do Western Australia growers source their information?
Jingjuan Zhang - A marker for stem water soluble carbohydrate remobilization to grain under drought 

* Denotes papers received but not independently reviewed    

 


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2015 GRDC & DAFWA Regional Updates
Grower Group
Date Time Venue Contact
WANTFA
Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015
9.30am - 4pm
Cunderdin Sports Club
Lauren Celenza
Email: lauren.celenza@wantfa.com.au
Phone: 0419 908 793
Web: www.wantfa.com.au
Liebe Group
Wednesday, 4th March, 2015
8.30am - 5pm
Dalwallinu Recreation Centre
Sarah Tholstrup
Email: sarah@liebegroup.org.au
Phone: 08 9661 0570
Web: www.liebegroup.org.au
West Arthur Trials Group
Wednesday, 4th March, 2015
12:30pm - 5pm
Darkan Sports Complex
Janelle Smith
Email: watg@westarthur.wa.gov.au
Phone: 08 9736 2004
Web: www.westarthur.gga.org.au
Facey Group
Thursday, 5th March, 2015
12:45pm - 7pm
Wickepin Recreation Centre
Sarah Hyde
Email: eo@faceygroup.org.au
Phone: 08 9888 1223
Web: www.faceygroup.org.au
North Mallee Farm Improvement Group
Thursday, 5th March, 2015
8.30am - 5pm + sundowner
Salmon Gums Community Centre
Lee Chester
Email: lee.chester@agric.wa.gov.au
Phone: 08 9083 1106
Web: www.northmallee.gg.org.au
 Mingenew Irwin Group
 Thursday, 5th March, 2015
8.30am - 5pm + Sundowner & dinner
 Mingenew Recreation Center
Sheila Charlesworth
Email: sheila@mig.org.au
Phone: 08 9928 1645
Web: www.mingenew-irwin.asn.au
 Far East Ag Research Group
 Tuesday, 10th March, 2015
1pm - 5pm + sundowner
 Moorine Rock Tennis Club
Naomi McMiles
Email: admin@yilgarn.wa.gov.au
Phone: 08 9049 1001
Web: www.fear.gga.org.au
West Midlands Group
Tuesday, 10th March, 2015
9am - 6pm + sundowner
Badgingarra Recreation Centre
Anne Wilkins
Email: anne@wmgroup.org.au
Phone: 08 9651 4008
Web: www.wmgroup.org.au
Southern Dirt
Wednesday, 11th March, 2015
11am - 5pm + sundowner
Kojonup Sports Complex
Pip Crook
Email: eo@southerndirt.com.au
Phone: 08 9831 1074
Web: www.southerndirt.com.au
Corrigin Farm Improvement Group
Thursday, 12th March, 2015
1pm - 5.30pm
Corrigin Golf Club (Dry Well Road)
Veronika Crouch
Email: cfig@cfig.asn.au
Phone: 0476 046 100
Web: www.cfig.asn.au
North East Farming Futures (NEFF)
Thursday, 12th March, 2015
TBA - half day
Mullewa Sports Club
Jenny Thomas
Email: innovation@neffgroup.com.au
Phone: 0467 640 722
Web: www.neffgroup.com.au
 RAIN  Tuesday, 17th March, 2015
 10am - 5pm
 Ravensthorpe Recreation Centre

Elisa Spengler
Email: rainoffice@westnet.com.au
Phone: 08 9838 1018
Web: www.rain.org.au

 Stirlings to Coast Farmers
 Thursday, 19th March, 2015
10am - 5.30pm + sundowner
 Greenrange Country Club, Manypeaks
Heather Adams
Email: heatheradams.ohcg@bigpond.com
Phone: 08 9854 1051
Web: www.stirlingstocoastfarmers.gga.org.au