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Win Over Your Winter Wheat and Chickpea Crops

Win Over Your Winter Wheat and Chickpea Crops

25 February 2013

AUSTRALIA - Growers in Central Queensland (CQ) looking to maximise production of their winter wheat and chickpea crops are encouraged to attend a grower solutions workshop organised by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).

DAFF extension officer Max Quinlivan said the eight workshops held across CQ would be an opportunity for local growers to learn the latest information to help them make the most informed crop management decisions this season.

"Wheat has always been a staple of the CQ cropping system, and the high to record-breaking yield in many regions last winter was testimony to the importance of the crop," Mr Quinlivan said.

"However chickpeas have also been a very profitable crop in CQ over the past few years, and in many instances more profitable than wheat.

"Unfortunately Ascochyta Blight is becoming more widespread in regions of CQ, and this disease needs to be managed properly to protect chickpeas and the profits they provide farmers.

"We have a line-up of experienced speakers who will cover topics including an update on chickpea disease management initiatives and what's new in wheat.

"To help maximise wheat production, we'll be discussing the essential nitrogen needs of this year's crop and the merits of planting new varieties alongside the current best-bet varieties for a range of scenarios.

"Disease resistance packages of wheat and fungicide strategies will also be covered so farmers can be prepared for the season ahead."

Workshop when and where:

  • Kilcummin - Kilcummin hall, Monday 11 March, 3 - 6 pm
  • Clermont - 'Bungarra' shed, Tuesday 12 March, 8 -11 am
  • Capella - Cultural Centre, Tuesday 12 March, 3 - 6 pm
  • Rolleston - Rolleston Hall, Wednesday 13 March, 8 -11 am
  • Gindie - Tennis Club, Wednesday 13 March, 3 - 6 pm
  • Duaringa - Council Chambers, Thursday 14 March, 8 -11 am
  • Jambin - Jambin Pub, Thursday 14 March, 3 - 6 pm
  • Moura - Moura RSL, Friday 15 March, 8 -11 am

For more information or to register for a session call Max Quinlivan on 4983 7424, mob: 0418 708 252 or email max.quinlivan@daff.qld.gov.au

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