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GRDC Grains Research Updates, Live Stream

Livestream Registration links - Goondiwindi 2024

In addition to being run as a face-to-face Update, the Main Auditorium sessions at the Goondiwindi GRDC Grains Research Update will be live streamed for online viewing. Not all concurrent sessions will be run in the Main Auditorium, so not all sessions will be live streamed. The livestream has been broken down into individual Zoom webinars for people to select those they are interested in. Click on the registration button below the session(s) of interest to register for that session.

***Please note all times are Queensland (AEST) time***

If you are interested in the Wagga Wagga GRDC Grains Research Update livestream please go here: Wagga Wagga GRDC Grains Research Update livestream registration page

Day 1 - Tuesday 5 March 2024

Goondiwindi Session 1 – General plenary day 1

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2024

Time: 10:00am – 12:10pm AEST (Qld)


10:00 am - GRDC welcome

10:30 am - The science under pinning farm gate GHG footprint. Peter Grace (Uni of Qld)

11:10 am - Securing access to nitrogen for food production, a GHG perspective. Rob Norton (Norton Agronomic)

11:45 am - Where AI adds value to agronomic & crop decision-making now, and where might this technology be in 5 years? Liam Ryan (GRDC)

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Long coleoptile wheat, aphids & IPM

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2024

Time: 1:10pm – 2:55pm AEST (Qld)


1:10 pm - Long coleoptile wheat for a longer sowing window & deeper seeding option. Darren Aisthorpe (DAF Qld)

1:40 pm - Russian wheat aphid distribution & management of faba bean aphid. Zorica Duric (NSW DPI)

2:10 pm - Want fewer sprays? Insecticide impacts on beneficial insects in broadacre field crops & integration of natural enemies into management strategies. Melina Miles (DAF Qld)

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Disease & crown rot

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2024

Time: 3:25pm – 5:10pm AEST (Qld)


3:25 pm - Efficiently limiting yield loss from net-blotch in barley & an overview of decision support tools guiding the economics of fungicide use in cereals & canola. Paul Melloy (Uni of Qld)

3:55 pm - Strategies to reduce losses from crown rot & reduce inoculum load - performance of Victrato® in wet and dry seasons - resistance and stewardship for Victrato. Steve Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI) & Matt Gardner (AMPS Research)

4:40 pm - Getting Victrato seed treatment right on farm. Stan Noonan (Syngenta)

4:50 pm - Interactive session on managing crown rot. Steve Simpfendorfer,  Matt Gardner, Stan Noonan & Rob Long (DeltaAg)

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Day 2 - Wednesday 6 March 2024


Date: Wednesday 6 March 2024

Time: 8:30am – 10:15am AEST (Qld)


8:30 am - Nitrogen use efficiency - swings & roundabouts & the potential impact of stabilised fertilisers on nitrogen recovery in northern production systems. Mike Bell (UQ)

9:00 am - Nitrogen cycling & use efficiency. Observations from farming systems research. Jon Baird (NSW DPI)

9:30 am - N fixation & chickpeas - paddock survey of 25 crops across Qld. Jordan Davis (DAF Qld)

9:55 am - Fertilise the system not just the crop if you want to build soil organic matter. The impact of nutrient stoichiometry on carbon sequestration in dispersive subsoils. Andrew Regan (UNE PhD candidate)

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New tech & start-ups

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2024

Time: 10:45am – 12:30pm AEST (Qld)


10:45 am - Ag targeted AI to quickly source research, information and price. Les Finemore  (Yarta)

11:00 am - Integrating soil moisture sensors on sowing equipment to optimise seed depth & establishment. David Finlay (MPT)

11:15 am - Using augmented reality & guided work instructions for on-farm maintenance, operation & repair. Nick Walker / Liam Scanlon (Hindsite Industries)

11:30 am - A handheld lab for better infield decision making. Peter Johnston (Hone Ag)

11:45 am - Robust remote area connectivity solutions. Rob Lansdown (Zetify)

12:00 pm - Automated agricultural disease detection. Edward Gubbins (BioScout)

12:15 pm - Manage environmental data such as soil tests for fertiliser budgets, or developing carbon offset projects. Sam Duncan (Farmlab)

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Goondiwindi GRDC Grains Research Update – General plenary 2

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2024

Time: 1:30pm – 3:10pm AEST (Qld)


1:30 pm - A global perspective on how Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) affect Australian grain prices & access to markets. Tessa Dimond (AGnVet)

1:55 pm - Heat stress & harvest heroes: Cultivating tolerance in wheat through innovative breeding to enhance grain fill. Rebecca Thistlethwaite (Uni of Sydney)

2:20 pm - Cover crop mixtures – do they offer improved agronomic & environmental outcomes? Ismail Garba (Uni of Qld)

2:35 pm - Farming system legacy impacts on the storage and persistence of soil organic carbon & the different types of carbon in northern cropping systems - science that value adds in field farming systems research. Han Weng (Uni of Qld) & Meghan Barnard (Uni of Qld, PhD candidate)

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