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Goolma pre-sowing copping update looks to latest local research

While the dry hot weather doesn't look like changing in the short term, farmers are encouraged to take a break from their busy schedules and hear what's been happening in local cropping agronomy research.

Farmers in the Wellington and Mudgee districts planning to sow a grain or dual purpose crop this year are invited to attend the Goolma Pre-Sowing cropping update at 5:30pm Wednesday 9th March.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Senior Land Services Officer for Livestock, Brett Littler said that “increasingly mixed farmers in the area are planting dual-purpose cereals and canola. They are chasing the higher returns per hectare by planting these later maturing varieties. However, there are some livestock production and health issues that have to be considered before embarking on this grain and graze system”, Mr Littler said.

Col McMaster, NSW DPI research agronomist, explained that “the trial work that we have done in the Central West area shows the considerable yield differences between varieties when compared across several planting dates. Matching your planting date to the most suitable variety is crucial to maximising the yield potential”.

An informative session is assured on Wednesday night, including a presentation from local private agronomist, Phil Stoddart of Stoddart Agriculture Pty Ltd. Mr Stoddart is talking about crop nutrition, weeds and diseases. Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Clare Edwards, Senior Land Services Officer for Pastures, and Nigel Gillan, Mudgee based District Veterinarian, will also be presenting at the event.

There will be a BBQ provided on the night, so it is important to RSVP.

For more information or to RSVP, call Clare Edwards on 0428435615.

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