Cereal crop enthusiasts from across the country and beyond will descend on Hagley next month for an insight into the work of a "flagship" high yielding research site.
To be held at Grains Research and Development Corporation's Hyper Yielding Cereal Project site, the field day event will showcase the key findings of its research so far - now in its fifth and final year.
Growers, advisers and industry personnel are expected to attend the event, which will also feature a keynote speech from leading UK agronomist Patrick Stephenson.
"There were growers there from Northern NSW last year," said John Bennett, chair of the GRDC's southern region panel, which covers Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. "An enormous amount of people actually come to the field day down there."
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Other topics will cover a range of issues from weed control in Tasmania's irrigated farming systems, to the importance of plant population and growth regulation in high-yielding wheat cultivars.
The Hagley hyper yielding site includes about 1000 experimental plots, and aims to boost Tasmania's production of high-quality feed grain cereals in order to reduce reliance on the mainland.
Aspiring to record yield targets for feed grain growers is another goal of the project, which is being led by the Foundation for Arable Research Australia and Southern Farming Systems.
And despite the presence of Ramularia disease in some barley project trials, the highest yields were achieved during the 2018 season, FAR Australia managing director Nick Poole said.
"Where this disease was controlled, irrigated crops of autumn-sown barley were achieving yields of 12.5 tonnes/hectare compared to approximately 13.5t/ha crops of feed wheat on the same site," he said.
"In the past two years we have seen top wheat yields pegged at 13-13.5t/ha compared to 17t/ha in 2016."
The November 14 field day event follows a meeting of the GRDC southern panel in the state last week. Its 11 members also toured a number of Tasmanian sites, including the Hagley research project.
"If we can see an issue in a farmer's business our job is to actually identify that - listen and identify - and then actually see if we can ... get some research up that will address the issue," Mr Bennett said.
"It's really important to come out to the regions and actually ... see what's going on and get a really good idea of ... where the issues and the opportunities are."
- The field day will take place at the GRDC project site on from 10am on November 14. Details are available at grdc.com.au
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