Farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc will host a pre-sowing Pulse Check Discussion Group meeting at Dookie on Wednesday, March 7.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for local growers and advisors interested in lentil and chickpea production to discuss practical aspects of production and marketing.
Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator, Michelle Pardy, explained that local interest in lentils and chickpeas had been growing as growers looked for more reliable pulse options, with favourable pricing contributing to the rising interest.
“A number of growers in southern NSW and north-east Victoria grew chickpeas or lentils for the first time in 2018, with harvest results being largely positive despite the impact of frost, the dry September and harvest rains,” said Michelle.
“With more growers curious about these crop types, and with sowing not too far away, this pre-sowing meeting aims to help growers with some of their lentil or chickpea marketing and planning decisions.
“Of particular interest will be the implications of the recent 30 per cent import tariff imposed by India, so we have arranged for experienced pulse agronomist and Pulse Australia Southern Region Industry Development Manager, Phil Bowden, to discuss this and other aspects of pricing and marketing.”
Phil will also be involved in other discussions around paddock and variety selection, herbicide options, inoculant use and early nutrition.
Growers can also bring in samples of graded seed from 2017 so that individual seeding rates can be calculated for 2018.
The pre-sowing Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting will be held at the Gladstone Hotel, Dookie, from 1pm – approx. 3pm.
Current and prospective lentil and chickpea growers and advisors are welcome, with new growers especially invited to attend.
Light refreshments provided: RSVP for catering purposes to Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator, Michelle Pardy, on 03 5744 1713 or [email protected]
For further information visit www.riverineplains.org.au.