Crop Updates of value to WA growers

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The latest research, development and marketing information will be available to WA growers at the 2014 Agribusiness Crop Updates, held in Perth at the end of February.

Crop Updates showcases research, technology, market development and management innovations to improve the productivity and profitability of the WA grains industry.

The two-day program is presented by the Grain Industry Association of WA on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Food and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

DAFWA grains industry executive director Mark Sweetingham said farming from space and the Australian grains industry's performance in South East Asian markets would be among the key topics at conference.

"The Crop Updates extend participants' knowledge and provide a number of opportunities to network with colleagues at the cutting edge of improving cropping systems and innovation in the grain supply chain in WA," Dr Sweetingham said.

"Results of the latest research and development innovations will be detailed, including crop varieties to grow in 2014, agronomic tips to maximise yields and returns, handling non-wetting soils, fertiliser strategies, conserving and utilising soil moisture and managing pests, weeds and diseases.

"Other advice will include management strategies for profitable grain farming in difficult seasons, key marketing and supply chain issues for wheat, barley, canola, lupins and oats and new technology, products and services for WA grain producers.

"Keynote speakers will cover topics including the use of remote sensing data to boost plant productivity, productivity improvements, potential wheat yield gains by 2020 and an assessment of the competitive position of the Australian grain industry in South East Asia."

Registrations for the Agribusiness Crop Updates, to be held at Crown Perth in Burswood on February 24 and 25, close on February 18.

For more information and to register, visit

The Agribusiness Crop Updates in Perth will be followed by Regional Crop Updates.

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