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GRDC Grains Research Updates, Live Stream

Livestream Registration links - Wagga Wagga 2024

In addition to being run as a face-to-face Update, the Joyce Hall sessions at the Wagga Wagga GRDC Grains Research Update will be live streamed for online viewing. Not all concurrent sessions will be run in Joyce Hall, 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 those session(s).

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

Day 1 - Wednesday 14 February 2024

Wagga Wagga General Plenary Day 1 - Sustainability

Date: Wednesday 14 February 2024

Time: 10:00am – 12:20pm AEDT


10:00 am - Welcome (GRDC)

10:30 am - The science under pinning farm gate greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint, Warwick Badgery (NSW DPI)

11:05 am - GHG calculators for your grain farming business, Ben White (Kondinin Group)

11:30 am - Securing access to nitrogen for food production, a GHG perspective, Rob Norton (Norton Agronomic)

12:05 pm - PHD Presentation: Fertilise the farming 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)

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Farming systems, dual-purpose crop economics and the genetics of heat stress

Date: Wednesday 14 February 2024

Time: 1:20pm – 3:05pm AEDT


1:20pm - Heat stress & harvest heroes: Cultivating tolerance in wheat through innovative breeding to enhance grain fill, Rebecca Thistlethwaite (Uni of Sydney)

1:50pm - Farming systems – profit over time & risk - exploring N legacy impacts in different farming systems, John Kirkegaard (CSIRO)

2:25pm - Revisiting the economics of dual-purpose crops under current meat & wool prices, John Francis (Agrista)

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Cereal diseases

Date: Wednesday 14 February 2024

Time: 3:35pm – 5:20pm AEDT


3:35 pm - Rust management issues in 2024, Mumta Chhetri (Uni of Syd PBI)

4:05 pm - Septoria tritici management in 2024, Brad Baxter (NSW DPI)

4:35 pm - Strategies to reduce losses from crown rot - performance of Victrato® in wet and dry seasons - strategies to reduce inoculum load - resistance and stewardship for Victrato. Steven Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI)

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Day 2 - Thursday 15 February 2024


Date: Thursday 15 February 2024

Time: 8:30am – 10:15am AEDT


8:30 am - Novel weed control technologies under development in the US for HWSC & post-em weed control, Mike Walsh (Uni of WA)

9:00 am - Resistance management strategies for glyphosate resistant weeds; finessing pre-em herbicides & getting the early post-em space right, Chris Preston (Uni of Adelaide)

9:45 am - Panel discussion:  Chemical & cultural options to manage glyphosate resistant ryegrass & sow thistle & paraquat resistant fleabane. Greg Condon (Grassroots Agronomy), Barry Haskins (AgGrow Agronomy), Craig Warren (Nutrien Temora)

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New tech & start-ups

Date: Thursday 15 February 2024

Time: 10:45am – 12:30pm AEDT


10:45 am - Integrating soil moisture sensor technology on sowing equipment to optimise seeding depth & establishment. David Finlay (MPT)

11:00 am - Using augmented reality & guided work instructions for on-farm maintenance, operation & repair. Nick Walker / Liam Scanlon (Hindsite Industries)

11:15 am - A handheld lab for better infield decision making. Peter Johnston (Hone Ag)

11:30 am - Robust remote area connectivity solutions. Rob Lansdown (Zetify)

11:45 am - Using automated microscopy & machine learning for early identification of airborne pathogens. Edward Gubbins (BioScout)

12:00 pm - Ag targeted AI to quickly source research, information & price data. Les Finemore (Yarta)

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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General plenary 2

Date: Thursday 15 February 2024

Time: 1:30pm – 2:45pm AEDT


1:30 pm - Where AI adds value to agronomic and crop decision-making now, and where might this technology be in 5 years? Les Finemore (Yarta) &  Liam Ryan (GRDC)

2:10 pm - Bridging the sustainability divide: Challenges and opportunities in key markets for Australian grain. Chris Carter (AEGIC)

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