GRDC and Southern Panel on the road

Inspection: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley (left) inspecting blackleg disease in canola with panel member John Bennett.

Inspection: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley (left) inspecting blackleg disease in canola with panel member John Bennett.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation is preparing to embark on its annual spring tour to assess the impact of cropping challenges and the progress of key GRDC research investments.

Staff and GRDC Southern panel members will meet with growers, researchers, agronomists, advisers and other grains industry specialists to gain a greater understanding of important issues facing growers.

“An intimate appreciation of constraints and opportunities to grain grower profitability will in turn help to inform GRDC investments and target RD&E responses that will ensure the best possible outcomes for growers.

“Panel members represent the voices of growers, and the insights we glean from the annual spring tours contribute significantly to the Panel’s intelligence which is captured through a whole variety of mechanisms.”

Frost, snails, mice, diseases, weeds and hostile soils will be among the many issues to be looked at by the Panel who will be joined on tour by the GRDC’s Managing Director Steve Jefferies and GRDC regional and national staff.

The tour this year will be split into two groups: one group will travel through SA’s Lower and Mid North, including a visit to the Hart Field Day, as well as Yorke Peninsula; the other group will begin its tour at Loxton before travelling through the Murray Mallee and South East.

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