Insight into plant breeding

UPPER Murray Seeds will be giving an insight into extensive research at the Cressy Research Station field day on Thursday, November 25.

Anyone who is involved in agriculture is welcome to get an insight into UMS’s extensive research program with tours of the station’s dry matter trials, plant breeding nursery and special presentations from our guest speakers.

Responses must be made today.

UMS research station manager Tim Smallbon said the company has invested about $1.5 million in the station.

“We have a dry matter program put in trials of leading varieties to get dry matter,” he said.

UMS sales and production manager said there is a heavy investment of science in planto breeding. “We have a focus on climate change and methane emissions,” he said.

The field day has assembled a collection of quality speakers who include;

• Eric Hall, plant breeder – temperate pasture and legume breeding.
• Bob Reid, pasture plant breeder.

His work adapting agricultural systems to extreme environments has been honoured with the Australian Society of Agronomy’s medal for lifetime achievement..

•Stewart Sutherland, UMS – plant breeding, UMS trials and new cultivars.
• Ali Dugand, Cradle Coast Authority – Erosion control techniques and soil amendment planning.
• Dr Reuben Wells, Ag Logic – Technology to improve farming, optimise irrigation scheduling and drainage.

Day’s details: 9:30am – gates open, arrival and sign in; 10am – presentations and field walk; 1pm – event close.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the team from the Rustic Bakehouse, Cressy.

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