Workshop explains best practice for pulse cropping

WORKSHOP: SARDI researchers Ross Ballard and Dr Liz Farquharson will lead the Wudinna workshop aimed at increasing nitrogen fixation in pulses. Picture: AgCommunicators
WORKSHOP: SARDI researchers Ross Ballard and Dr Liz Farquharson will lead the Wudinna workshop aimed at increasing nitrogen fixation in pulses. Picture: AgCommunicators

Growers can learn how to get their pulse and legume crops to fix nitrogen to their full potential and benefit following crops at a free technical workshop in Wudinna this month.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation's (GRDC) 'Boosting On Farm Nitrogen Fixation in Pulses' pre-sowing workshop will give growers and advisers access to the latest research into maximising pulse and legume production.

The workshops will feature leading researchers in the field and cover topics including inoculation, nodulation and nitrogen fixation of crops such as chickpeas, lupins, lentils and faba beans.

There will also be an interactive session where participants will examine nodulated plants to support and improve field nodulation assessments.

Researchers with the South Australian Research and Development Institute Dr Liz Farquharson and Ross Ballard, together with independent consultant Dr Maarten Ryder, will discuss best practice inoculation methods, dry sowing and acid tolerance challenges and ways to optimise nodulation.

The workshop will also feature a region-specific presentation on optimising pulse crop production covering chemical inputs, disease management, fertiliser, soil types and constraints from a local adviser.

The Wudinna workshop will take place on Friday, March 13 at the Wudinna and Districts Telecentre from 12pm to 3pm.

To register for the workshop, visit tickets.agcommunicators.com.au/agc/MSFGRDPW20/

All participants will receive copies of Inoculating Legumes: A Practical Guide and Inoculating Legumes: The Back Pocket Guide.