Green-on-green a hot topic

Countryman
Jourdain Guillaume.
Camera IconJourdain Guillaume. Credit: Silvere Leprovost

Targeting green weeds in green crops will be a hot topic when WA’s biggest grains conference is held in Perth and a handful of regional locations next week.

Hundreds of advisers, growers, researchers and other industry personnel will gather in Perth on February 25 and 26 for the annual Grains Researcher Development Corporation Grains Research Update.

The two-day event will be followed by two one-day GRDC grains research update events in Mullewa, hosted by Mullewa Dryland Farmers Initiative and Mingenew Irwin Group, on Wednesday, February 22, and Kendenup, hosted by Stirlings to Coast Farmers, on February 28.

‘Innovation – applying grains research and development on farm’ is one of the themes of the event.

Leading a discussion of precision post-emergence control of target weeds in green crops will be Guillaume Jourdain, the co-founder and chief executive officer of French technology startup company Bilberry.

Thanks to specially developed artificial intelligence algorithms, Bilberry technology can recognise weeds at 60 kilometres per hour, day and night, to detect weeds within agricultural crops.

‘Green on green’ weed detection is a game changer and Mr Jourdain, who trained as an engineer, will focus on this capability and review the results that Bilberry achieved with the technology’s first users.

GRDC Western Region Panel chair Darrin Lee said the GRDC grains research updates were invaluable in extending the latest research and development results, as well as delving into broader industry issues.

“The issues confronting grain growers are constantly evolving and to ensure they remain profitable, the advice and recommendations made to them must be constantly reassessed and updated,” Mr Lee said.

“Update agendas are carefully refined each year to ensure the issues addressed are those that are front and centre for local growers, to help them navigate the 2019 growing season and beyond.

“The ability to network with many industry people is also an important feature of these events.”

In addition to keynote presentations, concurrent sessions will be held over the two days of the GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth – addressing issues ranging from nutrition management through to frost and soil constraints.

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