Approximately 35 interested farmers and industry representatives attended the Mid North Crop Walk which commenced at Roseworthy College Trial Site after which the group had an enjoyable lunch at the Roseworthy Hotel, and subsequently visited the Turretfield trial site.
The day began with an unexpected visit from Ramesh Segaran from URAF, University of Adelaide with his drone which he demonstrated and spoke to the group regarding the value of this asset and its uses in agriculture and how these drones are used on trial sites.
“Sky-High: Looking down from a drone shot at the Roseworthy Durum field day on the 7th September 2016, where the SAGIT-funded durum wheat vs bread wheat gross margin trials are sown. These trials, along with several others were discussed. Thanks to Ramesh at URAF, the University of Adelaide for taking the time to talk drones with the audience and capturing this image.”
The Durum Pre-Seeding Forums for 2017 are:
Tarlee, SA, Wednesday, March 15th 2017
Horsham, Vic, Wednesday, March 22nd 2017
The Southern Australia Durum Growers Association committee held its annual meeting on Monday 4th July and welcomed two new members onto the Committee. Simon Mildren from Mundoora, South Australia and Nick May from Balaklava, South Australia have replaced the retiring members Bruce Crawford and Chris Heinjus.
The SADGA committee continues with Alwyn Dyer as Chairperson and Ben Hunt as Vice – Chairperson. Sponsorship Management continues to be ably undertaken by John Green with one of our new members, Simon Mildren supporting him in Research Management.
The SADGA committee acknowledged the huge commitment, time and dedication that Neville Sharpe has provided to the Durum Industry and also to the SADGA committee over the life of the industry in South Australia. Neville is stepping down from his position as Seed Manager from July 2016, but will continue on the committee working to promote Durum across Southern Australia.
Seed Management has some considerable changes moving forward from July 2016.
The SADGA committee have endorsed a sub – committee for the multiplication, sales and management of Durum seed. This committee comprises:
Alwyn Dyer – Chairperson Ben Hunt – Vice Chairperson
Jan Crawford – Treasurer Michael Jasechke – certified seed grower
Jason Able – Wheat Breeder for University of Adelaide.
All communication relating to the purchase and sales of Durum seed is to be referred to the Treasurer, Jan Crawford, Ph: 0419 812 810 from 1st July 2016. Other enquiries relating to Durum can be made to the Chairperson or one of the committee members.
The Southern Australia Durum Growers Association has been successful in receiving a Grant from SAGIT to undertake the project
“Agronomic evaluation of durum’s for crown rot resistance.”
A 3 year project has been successfully approved which will undertake trial plots through field trials with one being located in the Turretfield area in the Lower North and the second in the South East at Bordertown.
The trials will compare varieties and breeding lines without crown rot infection and with infection induced by level(s) of crown rot inoculum applied at sowing. The effects of sowing dates and/or seeding rates on disease pressure will also be explored.
The trials will be sown and managed by Rob Wheeler and his team from SARDI in the north and the South East trial will be sown and managed by the University of Adelaide Durum Breeding program.
The design and planning of the trials, preparation of inoculum, plot and plant assessments and trial analysis will be made by Marg Evans, Greg Naglis with assistance from Hugh Wallwork (SARDI).
Farmers will have the opportunity to view the trials at the annual crop walk field days.
The Durum growers are very grateful to SAGIT for the funding that they make available to undertake valuable trials such as this one.
L to R: Members of SARDI & University of Adelaiade overseeing the project = Hugh Wallwork, Marg Evans, Jason Able, Rob Wheeler
Farmers and industry representatives at the Mid North Crop Walk in September 2015.
Ensure to lock in the dates in your Diaries for 2016 Crop Walks
Northern – 7th September
Southern – 12th October
On April 6th at the Durum Pre-Seeding Forum at Blyth 40 farmers, sponsors and consultants attended to hear a broad range of excellent speakers on a variety of topics – research, marketing, chemicals. A pasta lunch followed at the Blyth Hotel with pasta provided San Remo and drinks by Imtrade
Below is the link to the Stock Journal’s report on the Forum by Paula Thompson
SJ Blyth Report April 2016