With an oat mill located at Bordertown, local growers have the chance to produce a crop and market locally.
This field day gave an opportunity for growers, researchers, agronomists, oat breeders, seed and nutrition representatives, oat millers and seed marketers to come together in one place to discuss the challenges with different varieties, the need to assess new varieties on a local level from a milling perspective and how the entire industry could collaborate moving forward to optimise the management and marketing capacity of oats.
1 August 2018
MFMG: Meg Bell, Danielle England; DPIRD WA: Georgie Troup; SARDI: Peter Cormack.
Helping South East growers capitalise on having an oat mill located at Bordertown and discussing different management and marketing options.
Holding an oat field day and property visit to facilitate industry discussion about relevant issues with regards to oats. Viewing the MFMG milling oat variety management trial.
The core objectives of the project were:
In the field
Mackillop Farm Management Group held their Oat Field Day on 1 August, 2018 at the Wolseley Recreation Centre, with the forum followed by a visit to local farmer Peter McLellan’s property.
There were 37 attendees, which included a mix of growers, agronomists and various industry representatives, with topics of discussion revolving around the management of individual oat varieties and the importance of developing variety-specific agronomy packages.
There were also constructive conversations had about the varying responses of different varieties to time of sowing and nutrition, and also the management required for hay vs grain yields.
DPIRD WA Oat Research Agronomist Georgie Troup was the keynote speaker, with other industry speakers including SARDI Manager of Industry Development Peter Cormack.
Georgie discussed the findings from GRDC project DAW00227 Oat Agronomy and Industry Development in the Western Region and also discussed relevant issues about oat hay and grain production with attendees.
Representatives from local miller Blue Lake Milling were in attendance so discussions about marketing were had, as well as discussion about the new variety Kowari and the plans to assess the grain quality locally through BLM.
During the farm visit, attendees had the chance to view the MFMG milling oat variety management trial, which was developed collaboratively with industry to try and optimise management in milling oats.
The event also provided opportunities for growers to discuss oat nutrition, varieties and relevant issues with other industry agronomists and marketers.
Growers and attendees of the field day improved their knowledge of the interactions between varieties, sowing times and nutrition in oat crops, as well as the importance of managing varieties according to their strengths.
While information provided came from a Western Region perspective, growers have the ability to apply some of those learnings immediately in South Australia.
The research conducted in Western Australia and discussed at the event also assisted in forming research questions for the South Australian environment.
There were a number of future plans made as a result of discussions on the day.
Value for growers
The forum and farm visit provided a platform for local growers, agronomists, researchers, oat breeders, seed marketers and oat millers to engage in meaningful conversation about the way forward for oats across the region.
Growers and agronomists also heard about the need for variety-specific agronomy packages and management techniques for different varieties.