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.
The Chairman of Southern Australia Durum Growers Association welcomed everyone to the action packed agenda.
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.
Fil Ciancio, San Remo spoke on the ideal Durum seed which makes the better past – ‘Milling qualities of the current varieties, especially Aurora.