A review of the Better Fertiliser Decisions for Cropping Systems in Australia database is set to commence with a series of industry consultative meetings over the next three months.
The BFDC database contains yield response curves for many crops, nutrient applications and soil types across grain growing regions and has been described as Australia’s best soil test crop response database.
It provides valuable industry support for nutrient management and with over 876 registered users, it is estimated that the BFDC database underpins over 90% of fertiliser decisions made by the grains industry.
The review undertaken by Grains Research and Development Corporation and NSW Department of Primary Industries comes in response to widespread industry support for the database and associated interrogator to be maintained and updated and for ongoing training to be provided.
Members of the grains industry, universities, researchers, agronomists and consultants are invited to participate in the upcoming meetings to learn about BFDC and to help formulate a plan that:
- Informs BFDC’s purpose and value to industry
- Identifies the best possible structure and functionality for the database into the next phase.
- Informs the long-term future of BFDC with its associated tools and training requirements
- Ensures fertiliser recommendations continue to be based on the best scientific evidence gained from trials conducted to the highest scientific standards.
Meetings are planned for:
- Kwinana – Thursday 27th September
- Northam – Friday 28th September
- Adelaide – Monday 8th October
- Canberra – Tuesday 9th October (at Fertiliser 2018 conference)
- Toowoomba – Monday 5th November
- Launceston – Thursday 8th November
- Hobart- Friday 9th November
- Wagga Wagga – Monday 19th November
- Narrabri – Wednesday 21st November
- Tamworth -TBA
- Horsham – Thursday 29th November
- Ballarat – Friday 30th November
The two-hour sessions will begin with a brief overview of BFDC and its current capabilities, followed by a facilitated session where participants will have the chance to provide input into the future of BFDC. Catering will be provided. Times and locations of meetings to be confirmed.
or for more information contact:
Tony Cox, NSW DPI
P: 0427259691 E:Tony.firstname.lastname@example.org