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Seed of Light recognises research A soil scientist from Queensland and a weed specialist from Western Australia have been recognised with GRDC 'Seed of Light' awards. Neal Dalgliesh, a CSIRO scientist who has turned his knowledge of soils into practical information and tools for farmers, and Peter Newman, a Department of Agriculture and Food, WA, weed specialist, were presented with the awards by the Northern and Western Panels, respectively. The Seed of Light recognises significant contributions to communicating the outcomes of research to improve production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Chairman of the GRDC's Northern Panel Ian Buss said Neal Dalgleish has had an enormous impact on farming systems: "Neal has provided an understanding of why some paddocks perform better than others, through his workshops and manuals about how much water different soils can hold." Hand-corers and soil-coring rigs designed and promoted by Mr Dalgleish are commonly used by agribusiness and farmers, while the manual Soil Matters is also popular. The successful training courses on soil water that Mr Dalgleish has organised and run for hundreds of farmers and agribusinesses across northern NSW, has led to their replication across southern Australia and WA in recent years. Presenting the other Seed of Light award to Peter Newman, Western Panel chairman and Kojonup grower Neil Young said Mr Newman had contributed strongly to research, development and extension on weed management in the past 10 years. "With growers typically naming weed management and, in particular herbicide-resistant ryegrass, as their biggest problem, and with emerging concern about resistant radish in the northern and central wheatbelt, Peter's work is increasingly important," Mr Young said. Mr Newman has successfully supervised and managed GRDC projects, demonstrating effective control strategies for herbicide-resistant ryegrass, and now works on similar strategies for managing herbicide-resistant radish in the Northern Region. "He has had a very significant impact on what is often seen as one of the biggest problems facing the grains industry in WA, and he communicates succinct messages to growers, which offer them weed-control options to make their farms sustainable and, hopefully, more profitable," Mr Young said. Mr Newman recently started demonstrating the WeedSeeker® system of spot spraying of summer weeds and, potentially, of weed infestations in actively growing crops. Ground Cover is brought to you by growers and the Australian Government through the publisher, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). 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GRDC news and views MAY -- JUNE 2008 GROUND COVER 2 GRDC ACTIVITY Board goes west The GRDC Board recently visited the WA northern wheatbelt to meet with grower groups, including the Mingenew--Irwin Group, and discuss key issues. The Board also visited a number of properties in the region, which has been battling a string of dry seasons. Issues raised by growers included concerns about herbicide resistance, the importance of good soil management, learning adaptive skills for managing changes in rotation, and the need for good legumes as part of the rotation. "The Board particularly enjoyed the chance to meet with many younger growers and to see the passion and skills that this next generation is bringing to the industry," says GRDC managing director Peter Reading. Taking in WA's northern wheatbelt, GRDC Board members (from left) Nicole Birrell, Steve Marshall, Philip Young and Dr Don Plowman. GRDC Board chairman Keith Perrett (left) listening to Morawa grower Lindsay Chappel explaining the benefits of zero-till with retained residues. Neal Dalgliesh (left) receiving his Seed of Light Northern Region award from Greg Fraser. DAFWA's Peter Newman (left), with his Seed of Light Western Region award, and GRDC Western Panel chair Neil Young. n As this edition of Ground Cover goes to press, it is hoped that there has been a broad general break for the winter cropping program. Recent rainfall across parts of the grainbelt has certainly lifted hopes for the 2008-09 cropping program. It has also been pleasing to learn of some of the very good summer crop yields harvested by growers in the northern region. The scarcity and high cost of inputs are of concern, with fertilisers, chemicals and fuel prices rising sharply over the past few months. Fortunately grain prices are continuing to track at attractive levels that, providing seasonal conditions are reasonable, should result in a good year for the grains industry after being suppressed for several years by drought. The GRDC recently released a publication entitled the GRDC 2008 Planning Guide for Low-Risk Farming. The publication is designed to help farmers work their way through a decision- making process that will hopefully lead to the best possible outcomes for the 2008 cropping season. It was developed for a workshop involving senior researchers, private consultants, advisers, farmers, bankers and marketing experts. The GRDC will also soon be publishing Understanding Grain Marketing: What Does it All Mean? The aim of this publication is to provide growers with information on grain-marketing risk-management options and terminologies, to help them better understand the various grain-marketing options available as markets continue to deregulate. We are also involved in a number of other major initiatives aimed at improving industry access to the outputs of research and development. These initiatives include: Grower and Adviser Updates, a revamped GRDC website and the DVD series 'Driving Agronomy'. The GRDC is also presently involved, along with the other Research and Development Corporations, the state departments of primary industries, CSIRO and the Australian Government, in developing a combined rural industries approach to addressing climate change. This is a very important initiative and one that needs a whole-of-industry approach. The Corporation is also in the process of working with industry to select new Regional Panel members. The Regional Panels play a crucial role in the GRDC's operations, providing local input to prioritising R&D in their regions. They also contribute strongly to our various program teams. I look forward to welcoming new panel members, and I would also like to thank retiring panel members for the excellent contributions they have made to the Corporation and to the grains industry during their time on the panels. Sleeves are up for a busy year EDITORIAL OPINION BY PETER READING MANAGING DIRECTOR, GRAINS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION THE REGIONAL PANELS PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE GRDC'S OPERATIONS.
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