July 2017

Grants up for grabs

NSW Riverina Local Land Services has the following on offer to irrigators in the Hay, Leeton, Carrathool, Griffith and Murrumbidgee Local Government Areas:

Innovation in Irrigation Grants

Grants of up to $5000 to encourage the adoption of innovative sustainable agriculture practices and technologies, with a focus on activities related to irrigation and water use efficiency.

The project will provide irrigators with the opportunity to improve productivity, reduce farm costs and focus on long-term sustainability outcomes. Example projects include:

  • water use efficiency
  • water scheduling
  • automation
  • weather stations
  • updating whole farm plans
  • using telemetry systems/wireless networks to collect data

Funding is limited and applications close 30 September 2017. More details can be found here.

Weed control in winter crops 2017 guide

Weed control is a numbers game. The key to success is an integrated weed management system, combining all the available methods. The Department of Primary Industries has released their annual management guide, summarising the latest research in minimising the impact of weeds to your crops.

The guide also lists new herbicides registered in the past 12 months or herbicides that have new approved use patterns for winter crops, and how to incorporate these into your mitigation strategy.

Download this latest publication by heading to DPI’s broadacre crops page. There is also the opportunity to have your say in improving the yearly guide.

Upcoming events

Cotton Collective

Dates: July 26-27, 2017

Venue: The Yoogali Club 647 MacKay Avenue, Yoogali NSW (10 minutes from Griffith)

Cost: Free (registrations essential for catering purposes)

Join cotton growers from around the country as experts in the field come together and shed light on the industry and where it is headed. Day one has guest speakers covering key industry issues and day two is a must for anyone new to the industry. A number of major cotton industry events are also being held in conjunction with the Collective. Details and registration can be accessed here.

Grains Research Update – Yanco

Date: 26 July, 2017

Venue: Yanco Agricultural Institute Conference Centre, 2198 Irrigation Way East, Yanco NSW

Cost: $30 per person and $20 for subsequent people from the same business. Includes morning tea, lunch and booklet.

Growers and advisers are coming together for this popular half-day forum to learn from and network with leading industry professionals. Delivered by the Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), six speakers cover key topics to help you gain maximum yield.

Further details can be found on the GRDC website.