SAVE THE DATE: Mid North and South East Durum Growers Crop Walks 2017

The dates have been set for the upcoming 2017 Durum Growers crop walks:

SADGA Mid-North Durum Crop Walk

WHEN: Wednesday, 6th September, 2017
WHERE: Commencing from 9:30 am at Turretfield/Kingsford Trial Site
TOPICS to be discussed include:

  • Crown Rot
  • Durum Wheat vs Bread Wheat
  • New Varieties
  • Dispersive Soils
  • Drone Technology
  • CAIGE Trial (CIMMYT Australia ICARDA Germplasm Evaluation)
  • PBR and Line Multiplication
  • Barley Varieties

Click here to download comprehensive Mid North crop walk program

Click Here to download Mid North Crop Walk Map

SADGA South East & Victoria Durum Crop Walk 

WHEN: Wednesday, 11th October, 2017
WHERE: Commencing at 12 noon (SA Time) with BBQ lunch at Wolseley Community & Recreation Centre
TOPICS to be discussed include:

  • Gross Margins Durum v Bread Wheat v Milling Oats
  • Crown Rot
  • New Varieties
  • CAIGE Trial (CIMMYT Australia ICARDA Germplasm Evaluation)
  • Nitrogen Use Efficiency

Click here to download comprehensive SE crop walk program

Please do not hesitate to contact John Green or Alwyn Dyer for further information about our crop walk programs

Maps will be posted on this page closer to date.

Aurora added in pursuit of Higher Profit Potential

Depressed grain prices has encouraged Bute farmer James Venning along with many other farmers to pursue growing Aurora Durum as part of their crop rotation in a bid to boost profitability. Aurora has been demonstrating high yields and low screenings and of the
Durum’s it has proven to be one of the better varieties for early vigour. Paula Thompson from Stock Journal recently interviewed one of our new growers James Venning, whose father had previously grown Durum fourteen years ago but removed it from his rotations as it did not consistently provide reliability for him as a crop.
The new variety Aurora has been a winner  in reliability for our growers.  For more information read the attached Stock Journal article published June 1st 2017.

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Horsham Durum Pre-Seeding Forum

Attendance at the Pre-Seeding forum at the Longerenong College at Horsham was very encouraging for the Durum Industry in this area. About 50 people attended with a very good mix of Agronomists, growers and Industry representatives.

Speakers covered a wide variety of topics ranging from results from some of the trial work currently undertaken, future trials to be undertaken in 2017 season, marketing our grain, Highlights from Durum Breeding Program, Durum Agronomy, How to grow quality Durum, Finance management for Debt repayment, surplus funds and new machinery purchases, New weed control solutions and Production Wise – PA Source Imagery and innovation Generation.

Many questions were asked during the forum with responses given. At the close of the forum lunch was provided at Longerenong College, Horsham with the Pasta kindly donated by San Remo and Drinks supplied by Glencore Grain.

SADGA is very appreciative of the support we gain from our very valued sponsors each year.

Some of attendees at Durum Forum Longerenong College, Horsham

 

 

 

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Positive Outlook for Durum was very evident at the Tarlee Forum


It was great to see 55 farmers, sponsors, and agronomists at the Tarlee Durum Forum. The morning was action packed with great speakers presenting on a broad range of topics that impact on growing Durum. Attendees came from Lower North, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, West Coast of South Australia and Victoria.

Attendees at SADGA Pre-Seeding Forum at Tarlee.

Attendees at SADGA Pre-Seeding Forum at Tarlee.

The Chairman of Southern Australia Durum Growers Association welcomed everyone to the action packed agenda.

Agronomist Craig Davis caught up with durum breeder Jason Able and research scientist Mike Sissons.

Agronomist Craig Davis caught up with durum breeder Jason Able and research scientist Mike Sissons.

 

 

 

Dr Jason Able presented the highlights of the 2016 Durum Breeding Programme and SAGIT reports. Jason was able to present a very positive outlook for Durum into the future with 3 lines being built up for stacking against Aurora. 2 of these lines will be bulked up at Roseworthy in 2017 and the other one a year later.

Benn Oliver, Glencore  followed on from Jason by outlining Durum Marketing on the world scene, while Justin Wilks, ADM  presented marketing wheat and barley.  Mike Sissons, Principal Research Scientist, NSW DPI provided and update on the quality of the  DBA material and discussed the new dough instrument and predictive tools.

San Remo's Fil Ciancio at the SADGA Pre-Seeding Forum at Tarlee

San Remo’s Fil Ciancio at the SADGA Pre-Seeding Forum at Tarlee

 

Fil Ciancio, San Remo spoke on the ideal Durum seed which makes the better past – ‘Milling qualities of the current varieties, especially Aurora.

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