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2023 SADGA Durum & Grains Forum

Program Released for 2023 Durum & Grains Forum

Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2023
Padthaway Bowling Club, 12 Memorial Drive, Padthaway
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Includes San Remo Pasta lunch generously supported by Integra Sheds and Grain Growers and lovingly prepared by the Padthaway Bowls Club.
Members, Sponsors and Speakers Register =>

A $55 (inc gst)  will be applied to each non member, you will be invoiced post registration or register and pay using this link =>

Membership for individual or business up to three people is $110 (inc GST) per application.
Click on the blue link and sign up as a member today





*Program subject to change without notice


The SADGA Team together with Viterra have re-set the date for the SADGA Forum & Facilities Tour as July 6th, 2022. All previous arrangements remain the same we hope that this date suits you too.

Ticketing has reopened – if you had already booked your ticket first time around, you do not need to re-book otherwise let me know if you need to cancel your ticket.  This exciting news will hit the networks today, we apologies for clogging up your feed, but we are super happy we get to have another crack at this event. Feel free to pass this information onto your networks aswell.

We look forward to seeing in July.

Cheers Deb & the SADGA Team

SADGA Forum Timetable & Facilities Tour 2022 July 6th



Mark your calendars for the 2022 SADGA Forum and Viterra Tours set for Wednesday 6th July!!

SADGA in partnership with Viterra, Grain Growers and Entegra Sheds will be offering members an opportunity to tour Viterra Facilities, attend the all important Durum Forum at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron and stay on for a complimentary dinner proudly supported by Grain Growers and Entegra Sheds.

The logistics:

  1. A bus will leave Clare Gleeson St Car Park at 8:15 am pick ups Auburn CWA 8:45, Tarlee Town Hall 9:10, Roseworthy Hotel 9:40 am arrive at The Entertainment Centre approx 10:20 am with a walk to the Grain Lab to arrive 10:30 am.
  2. For those not on the bus, cars can park all day at Entertainment Centre and meet us via a short walk at The Grain Lab to commence tour at 11 am and hop on the bus to Outer Harbour after the laboratory tour
  3. If you do not wish to stay for the Forum and/or Dinner) best to drive your car to Outer Harbour and park in the Royal SA Yacht Squadron car park where they will be picked up by the bus before the Outer Harbour tour.
  4. If you cant make the Lab tour meet us at 12 noon at the Yacht Squadron car park and hop of the bus for the Outer Harbour tours.
  5. Bus/s will depart following the dinner at 8pm and return to Clare via the Entertainment Centre.

The Tours:

  • 11:00 am Viterra Grain Analysis Lab 30-32 Stirling St Thebarton
  • 12:20 pm Outer Harbour bus only tour of ship loading facilities
  • 1:20 pm Bus only Tour of Viterra container loading facility

The Forum: will commence at 3 pm at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron and will be followed by the Grain Grower & Entegra Sheds Durum Dinner at 6 pm. We are excited to announce that our dinner speaker will be Steve Whillas ‘Maintain your Mental Health’.

The Meals:

  • Complimentary packaged lunch provided by Viterra
  • Complimentary dinner sponsored by Grain Growers and Entegra Sheds

Dinner Menu – please register your dietary requirements

Alternate drop main: Chicken cacciatore with crispy herbed polenta & micro herbed salad (GF) and Chargrilled porterhouse with horseradish and rocket sauce, homemade chunky potato wedges and roasted baby carrots (GF) with Crusty bread, olive and dukkah and mixed dressed green leaves to share.

Alternate drop dessert: Coconut Panna Cotta with pineapple wafer, melon balls in lime leaf syrup (GF) and Bittersweet chocolate mousse with strawberries in limoncello (GF)

The Tickets: Registration is essential for bus seating and catering, get your tickets on this link ==> make sure you nominate your bus pick up and dietary requirements. RSVP COB June 29  For the finer details of the event CLICK HERE

The Rules: This event will be subject to COVID SA Govt and Venue regulations. Masks are MANDATORY. Vaccinate for your protection. Do not attend if you are a close contact or suffer symptoms.

The SADGA 2022 Forum and Viterra Facilities Tour is a complimentary event for SADGA members and SADGA is extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors for this opportunity.


If you have any questions contact Deb 0481 322 821 or
Not a member see the side bar for a membership form or contact us today, contact Trish today


The programs for both forums have now been developed and are proving again there is still more we need to know about durums including the supportive agronomy which improves yields and grain quality, logistics and marketing both nationally and globally.

These events are supported by the generosity of our sponsors and offer free entry to SADGA members with non-members entry set at $35pp.

A San Remo pasta lunch is available for those who wish to further their conversations with our researchers and industry partners at a cost of $15 per person.

Both events will following COVID SAFE regulations and check-in on arrival will be required.

Registration is essential. The system will issue a zero balance invoice, however Treasurer Trish will issue you an invoice for lunch @ $15 pp and for non-member forum entry @ $35 pp.  Please follow the prompts on the following links to register your tickets.

March 3rd: Mid North Durum Forum at the Balaklava Sports Club, Ralli Park

March 17th: South East Victoria Durum Forum at Kaniva Community Hub via Webb St 

Please note: Should state borders close, or the situation becomes difficult to conduct a successful forum, our alternative venue will be the Wolseley Community & Recreation Centre.

2021 SADGA MN DURUM FORUM (Click to download)

2021 SADGA SE_VIC DURUM FORUM (Click to download)


SAVE THE DATE – 2019 SADGA Pre-seeding Forums

The Southern Australia Durum Growers Association annual pre-seeding forums will be held once again in March 2019 at Tarlee and Horsham and promises to deliver another exciting line up of researchers, grain marketers and growers who’ll all share their insights into best outcomes for growing durum.

SA Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 – Tarlee Town Hall from 8:30 to 1:00 pm

Click here to view and download the Tarlee Agenda

Speakers Include but not limited to:

  • Dr Jason Able
  • Jeff Braun, Agronomist
  • Dr Hugh Wallwork



VIC Wednesday, March 2oth, 2019 – Horsham ‘Demons’ Football Club, Horsham VIC 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Click here to view and download the Horsham Agenda and

Speakers Include:

  • Dr Jason Able
  • Dr Marg Evans, SARDI
  • Rob Harris, AGT
  • Simon Mock, Agronomist

Please note: Registration will be a requirement and a small cost will be applied to the forums for catering and administration for non members however as a benefit to members it will be free. See side bar link to sign up as a member today.

Contact Deb Baum SADGA Secretary if you have any questions 0481 322 821

Great Turn Out for 2018 Pre-seeding Forums at Tarlee & Horsham

This year’s 2018 Pre-seeding forums at Tarlee and Horsham were well attended with those in attendance keen to hear about trial results, the new varieties and their release dates, marketing options and the all-important agronomy of durum.

The University of Adelaide’s Jason Able shared Durum Breeding Australia’s (DBA) results and outcomes for the 2017 season. Jason said “part of the focus [for research] is on crossing high protein and early maturing lines, which will open up the sowing window for durum, while improving the reliability of achieving DR1 with good protein levels”. Jason told us that the DBA trials are showing a number of lines of interest as potential new varieties. While DBA-Aurora has the edge over the other varieties at the Turretfield, Spalding and Mintaro NVT trials, UAD1154197 is showing better performance at Paskeville. The data from ‘Head to Head’ trial analysis, which compares DBA-Aurora and Saintly against any potential new varieties across 28 trials over 4 years, are “looking the goods” with several lines showing comparable or significantly improved yield results. The WQA (Wheat Quality Australia) report card for the new varieties that are to be released in 2018 and 2019, is showing good results for pasta production and consequently both these lines (UAD1154192 and UAD1154197) have been granted ADR classification.

Marg Evans An update was provided on the durum lines that Hugh is developing with resistance to crown rot. One line SSD1476-067 has been promoted to statewide S4 trials with Jason Able’s breeding program. Other lines are being tested in S3 trials at 4 sites in 2018 and are also looking good. The resistance is derived from wild Triticum dicoccon and bread wheat. The pasta making quality of these lines will be critical in determining their future.

Craig Davis, Agronomist Salter Springs SA gave great value to the audience with his depth of knowledge for growing durum and to working towards getting high value returns for quality and production.

Craig suggests your prerequisites for growing a successful durum crop are select paddocks that are fertile and that store good levels of soil water, soil nitrogen needs to be carefully managed, and know your crown rot status.

Tim Rethus Grower from Horsham, experienced a steep learning curve with his inclusion of Durum in his rotation in 2017. Why did he grow it? Pricing, currently it is clearly better than bread wheat and its disease package is far superior to bread wheat. However Tim recommends that you constantly monitor your yield potential and adjust your nitrogen applications at the right time to suit the season to boost the protein levels. To combat Russian Wheat Aphid Tim applied imidacloprid as a seed dressing.

Current market updates and key trends from 2018 harvest and global factors influencing the coming season were discussed by SADGA Sponsors representatives in Tom Lucas of AGD, Tom Smibert of Glencore and Andrew Mead and Peter Sidley of ADM.

Tom Lucas AGD suggests growers evaluate decisions behind storing lentils, determine your target price and know how long you are prepared to wait for that target price.

Tom Smibert Glencore stressed to both Tarlee and Horsham audiences of the value in communicating your interest to grow durum to Glencore to increase the segregations in your region.

Andrew Mead ADM reported large wheat stock worldwide are a decent buffer to crop production issues, however demand continues to increase. Barley stocks tighter and volatility may continue. Peter Sidley ADM said the Australian strategic location benefits and supports increasing demand in the Asian markets.

Laura Mattiazzi NAB Regional Agribusiness Manager for Western Victoria gave great insight into the Chinese mindset and market place for Australian grains. Laura says to think beyond Victoria, think beyond Australia, think Asia. China is the 2nd largest economy to the US. That to decipher the Asian middle class consumer is to find they are looking for three key areas of premiumisation, health and safety.

John Barbetti and Sebastian Recabarren of Imtrade spoke of durum wheat specific tolerance trials of new prosulfocarb formulations as well as multisite baiting trials set up for snails and slugs. Imtrade are seeking assistance of farmer collaborators in 2018, contact John if you’re interested in supporting trial work in your region.

Cameron Taylor Birchip Cropping Group reported on outcomes of the durum trials commenced 2017 at Longerenong, Victoria. Initial results have shown durum to be a viable alternative to bread wheat.

Mitchel Sanders of Eurofins reported that to date there were no significant differences in yield or protein between durum and bread wheat from the 2017 irrigated durum trials at Finley NSW.

Both forums benefited from final panel sessions where speakers, interacting with the audience to provide further clarity to points raised during the morning and to hear from SADGA sponsors David Evans of GrainGrowers about the benefits of the ‘free’ membership to Graingrowers and the products and services they provide and Steve Mellington of Mellco who spoke of how to get access to the area based contract program.

At the conclusion of the forums attendees from both locations joined the committee and sponsors for a delicious lunch of San Remo pasta.

SADGA wish to thank our sponsors for their ongoing commitment to our group and their involvement and support of our forums and cropwalks and wish the growers every success for their coming season.

Diary Dates for 2018 cropwalks are set with details to be advised closer to the events:

  • Sept 5th for the research areas for South Australian Mid North
  • Oct 10 for the research areas of the south east South Australia and West Wimmera