Elders Presents: AgTech Virtual Series - Elders Rural Services

Join Maree Crawford, Technical Services Manager – North during the fourth instalment of the Elders Presents series.  Maree will be joined by specialists in the Summer Cropping industry to present their topics and answer your questions throughout this live online event.

Date: Wednesday 26 August 2020

Time: 5pm – 6:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time

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Queensland DAF

Fall armyworm, a new pest of summer grains in the Northern Grains region. 

Join Dr Melina Miles, Principal Entomologist from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) regarding Fall armyworm (FAW, Spodoptera frugiperda).  FAW is an exotic pest that was detected in northern Queensland in a maize crop in February 2020 and has also been detected in the NT and north of WA. Melina will walk us through the list of preferred hosts, which including maize, sweet corn, rice, sorghum, cotton and sugarcane, and horticultural species as well as the significant damage caused to maize, sorghum and sweet corn, and infestations as far south as Central Queensland. Melina will also cover R, D and E activities, which DAF Qld is undertaking in conjunction with industry, to ensure the grains, grazing, cotton, sugarcane and horticultural industries are well equipped to manage FAW. These activities include a focus on determining which crops are at risk, developing diagnostic resources and the identification skills of industry, developing action thresholds, evaluating the impact of beneficials and control options, and managing insecticide resistance risks.

Thomas Elder Consulting

How to make sense of remote sensing and using data to drive practical decisions

Neal Stevenson, Agricultural Cropping Consultant at Thomas Elders Consulting will talk through how targeting soil testing sites using remote sensing and Farm Management Systems can help drive productivity decisions. Combining earth indices, soil testing and past yield maps, he will outline how this identifies parts of the paddock that may be problematic early on to make informed decisions to increase crop input efficiencies. As well as identifying problematics zones, Neal will talk us through other applications for use including variable seeding rates, variable fertiliser application as well as other planting operations including type of machinery use. Neal will be walking us through a case study in the Darling Downs around crowding variable rate management zones and how soil constraints are rectified through physical or nutritional soil constraints.

Pacific Seeds

Grain Sorghum Risk Management 

Throughout its almost 60 year history Pacific Seeds has been at the forefront of Australian agricultural innovation. From the development and release of Australia’s first hybrid sunflower, the world’s first hybrid canola, our world first igrowth® sorghum herbicide tolerance trait and now stacked herbicide tolerant canola hybrids, Pacific Seeds continues to play a critical role in Australian ag tech developments.  With a focus on technical development and offering industry ‘More than Seed’, join Pacific Seeds Territory Manager Chris Gillam to learn more about the key factors growers can influence in managing risk, primarily heat and moisture stress in their grain sorghum crops.

GenTech Seeds

Grain Sorghum research on Tillering Population Dynamics for high tillering phenotype  

Understand the effects four different populations had on tiller formation and their functionally on final yield contribution in high tillering phenotype grain sorghum. The experiment was conducted on the Central Downs Qld to gain a better understanding of this trait of A75 and begin accessing effects of plant population and phenotype on final tiller number set.

Early Planting Corn-  keys to Success 

To provide information to planting corn in early seasonal conditions. Looking at the effect that early planting conditions can have on corn and ways to mitigate risk to achieve crop success.


The application of satellite technology in on farm collaboration in agronomy

How does the application of satellite technology in on farm collaboration in agronomy positively impact your summer grains season?  Join Mark Pawsey, Business Development Manager at Proagrica as we walk through a case study showing a real-world example.  With over 185 plus million acres being managed using Proagrica’s geospatial technology they are a trusted brand in the agriculture space.


The event will run on Microsoft Teams. Download the how to get set up guide here.

The virtual event link will open half an hour prior to the start time.