Agronomists and grain growers are invited to discuss the cutting edge of cereal and canola disease and fungicide resistance management in a 2-day GRDC-supported workshop, brought to you by the Australian Fungicide Resistance Extension Network (AFREN).

“Coupling the fire power of Nick Poole, Steve Marcroft, Kylie Ireland and SARDI pathologists Hugh Wallwork & Tara Garrard with the field expertise of up to 20 leading agronomists, the discussion will be lively and targeted on issues of regional importance and how this is reflected in advice to growers.  It’s a great mix, and all who attend – no matter how experienced, will pick up new and valued understanding,” workshop facilitator John Cameron said.

These small group workshops cover:

  • Cereal growth stages and spray decisions
  • Where different fungicides fit  
  • Fungicide resistance management and resources
  • Integrating fungicides, varieties, epidemiology, and seasons for fun and profit
  • Cereal canopy management interactions with foliar disease decision making
  • Management strategies in cereal and canola that consider the underlying risk of fungicide resistance
  • Strategies for managing SDHI and other resistance issues, including net blotches in barley and triazole resistance in powdery mildew  

Participants will receive a first-class resource kit including:

  • GRDC booklets
    • Cereal Leaf and Stem Diseases
    • Cereal Diseases – The Ute Guide
    • Disease Management And Crop Canopies – What Are The Interactions?
  • Printouts of presentations
  • Regional reference documents  

This AFREN (Australian Fungicide Resistance Extension Network) workshop has been developed with support from growers and the Federal Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

This workshop follows the highly successful Cereal Foliar Disease Management Workshops run nationally by ICAN for the GRDC with Nick Poole and regional pathologists in 2010-2016.  Typical feedback included:

  • “It’s not about disease ID.  It is about understanding disease epidemiology and developing appropriate management strategies around that.  Very worthwhile!” Phil Holmes – Clare
  • “Understanding how fungicides work and how disease develops are the keys to maximising crop yield”
    Chris Davey – Kadina
  • “Really good interactive format to deal with some complex issues” Peter Birch – Moree
  • “Topically relevant, great presenters, great interaction” Terry Edis – Elders Ariah Park
  • Refined my product choice, rate and timing strategies – very worthwhile” Brad Coleman – Rowena
  • “Informative and practical on the latest in cereal disease management and interaction with leading pathologists from across the nation.  Great!” Greg Condon – Junee
  • “This workshop is unique in enabling the consultant to have access to the region’s leading pathologists and researchers with the latest info all in one room.” Tim Poole – Moree
CUMMINS23 & 24 November 2020Cummins Bowling Club, 60 Bruce Terrace
CLARE25 & 26 November 2020Clare Valley Country Club, White Hut Road

Cost: $55 per person, inclusive of GST

Each workshop begins at 9:00am on day 1 and finishes by 4:00pm on day 2. Numbers are limited. Registrations must be accompanied by payment.