Northern Growers Alliance
eNews - June 2017


Welcome to the latest NGA Newsletter and a snapshot of our 2017 Winter Trials.

The Winter program covers a wide range of topics from nutrition and harvest index to disease and weed management. There are also a range of large scale trials underway assessing fallow efficiency, soil remediation and ratoon cotton management.  Further details can be found in the Winter Trial Snapshots section.

You will also find information on:
  • Header Fire Insurance and Risk; 
  • Our newest staff member, Branko Duric; 
  • GRDC Grains Research Updates; and
  • Recent research findings on the stubble binding characteristics of pre-emergent herbicides. 
We hope you find the information useful and welcome any feedback.

2017 Winter Trial Snapshots

1.  Chickpea Disease Management
2.  Sowthistle Management
3.  Paraquat Alternatives
4.  Chickpea Harvest Index
5.  Chickpea Desiccation
6.  Phalaris & Wild Oat Management in Chickpeas
7.  Nitrogen Management in Cereals
8.  Faba bean Diseases
9.  Chickpea Problem Weeds
10. Spot Form Net Blotch
11. Helicoverpa Management in Cereals
12. Rutherglen Bug Management

13. Fallow Efficiency
14. Cotton Cut Stump
15. Soil Remediation
16. Powdery Mildew in Canola

GRDC Grains Research Updates

The next round of GRDC Grains Research Updates will be held at:
  • Westmar - Sports Club: Tuesday 18 July 
  • Jondaryan - Jondaryan Woolshed: Wednesday 19 July
  • Narromine -  Aero Club: Tuesday 25 July 
  • Rowena - Rowena Shire Hall: Wednesday 26 July 
  • Pallamallawa - War Memorial Hall: Thursday 27 July 

Header Fire Risk
- A Hot Topic

With continued concerns regarding header insurance and fire risk from chickpeas, Grain Producers Australia (GPA) have developed a working group comprised of farming representatives, insurers and researchers to identify and prioritise issues, direct research and extend information. 

New NGA Team Member

NGA would like to welcome Branko Duric to the role of Trials Agronomist for the Liverpool Plains and Namoi Valley regions.

Branko has an extensive background in agronomic evaluation and will be a strong addition to our team.  Branko will be based at Tamworth.

Mob:   0418 620 170 

Herbicides & Stubble Binding

Some pre-emergent herbicides are known to bind much more tightly to crop residue than others. Researchers at UWA and AHRI have been investigating the impact of stubble load and rainfall quantity on key herbicides. 
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