Wimmera visit for national grains corporation

GRAIN IDEAS: Grains Research and Development Corporation board members, from left, Jenny Goddard, Jeremy Burton, Kim Halbert, Rob Lewis, Sharon Starick, John Woods, Richard Clark and John Harvey with DEPI senior research scientist Dr Surya Kant inside the department's Plant Growth and Phenomics Glasshouse in Horsham. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

GRAIN IDEAS: Grains Research and Development Corporation board members, from left, Jenny Goddard, Jeremy Burton, Kim Halbert, Rob Lewis, Sharon Starick, John Woods, Richard Clark and John Harvey with DEPI senior research scientist Dr Surya Kant inside the department's Plant Growth and Phenomics Glasshouse in Horsham. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

THE Grains Research and Development Corporation has visited the Wimmera and Mallee to meet a range of grains industry leaders.

Corporation board member and South Australian grain farmer Sharon Starick said the visit included time at the Department of Environment and Primary Industries in Horsham and a trip to the Birchip Cropping Group Grains Research Expo.

Ms Starick said the board met growers to find out what issues were affecting them, both now and into the future.

"A lot of the issues are fairly consistent for grain producers across Australia profitability, the use of new varieties and how to better manage those new varieties because they do have different management requirements,'' she said.

"Also things like herbicide resistance as well as slugs and other pests and how we manage those pests."

She said the board also discussed methods for getting the best results from soil and long-term soil health.

The delegation visited Longerenong College to learn about the curriculum offered.

"Longerenong is quite a good asset to have from an industry perspective," Ms Starick said.

"It builds skills and experience for people who want to work within the industry and it is encouraging our young people to take up a career in agriculture and the grains industry.''

She said Longerenong's partnership with Bayer provided important links between research groups and farmers.

"That link between training and development skills and experience and working with a company that's doing research is a really great link to have," she said.

Ms Starick said that as a grain grower, the visit showed the power of research within the grains industry.

"It was really exciting to see that the innovations the Grains Research and Development Corporation are making within the Wimmera and Mallee are actually making a difference," she said.

"We are able to slowly but surely answer issues of grain growers and the broader grains industry."

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