According to a media release by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), their key personnel will tour Western Australia’s northern cropping districts, met with growers to discuss the agronomic and production challenges they face.
Chairman of GRDC Richard Clark, along with panel chairman Peter Roberts and GRDC research programs executive manager Brondwen MacLean will conduct consultations with local growers from October 1-3.
“Meetings with growers, researchers, advisers and other grains industry representatives will take place in districts including Mingenew, Morawa, Coorow, Moora, New Norcia, Yerecoin/Piawaning, Calingiri and Bolgart,” Roberts said.
“This tour is one of three separate GRDC western panel spring tours being conducted in WA this year, in order to maximise geographical coverage and to ensure we meet with as many growers as possible.”
Last September 8-10, a tour of the WA’s southern cropping regions was conducted while a tour of the State’s eastern grain belt took place on September 22-24.
Roberts believes that the tours and direct consultation with growers is vital to refine GRDC’s research priorities.
“Feedback from growers helps the panel – comprised of growers and other representatives of WA’s grain industry – ensure that all research hits the paddock and provides the best possible return to growers,” he said.
The GRDC western regional panel spring tours gave growers an chance to ask questions and voice out their concerns about the GRDC.
“At the conclusion of the three western tours, panel members will come together to discuss their observations, findings and suggested actions,” he said.