Message from the Editor

Welcome to edition #338 of the Katherine Rural Review, the first edition for 2019.

The beginning of 2019 has been a busy one for DPIR with the organisation of two upcoming field days. These field days will be held at Katherine Research Station on Tuesday 9 April and at the Douglas Daly Research Farm on the Wednesday 10 April. You can find more information about these jam packed days and how to register on page 2.

While our eastern neighbours copped a lashing with rain and subsequent flooding in February, the Northern Territory (NT) recorded some less than stellar rainfall totals. With this in mind it is a good idea to assess your individual situation, consider your management options and act early. Check out the article with the run down on the March Pasture Feed Outlook for the Roper, Sturt Plateau, Victoria River District and Katherine Districts on pages 6 & 7. With that in mind it may also be worth refreshing the memory about early weaning in drought conditions on page 3. You can also read about what drought support is available to NT landholders on page 8.

The 18 June will see the annual DPIR bull sales with quality Brahman and composite bulls up for grabs. You can read about what impact the bull you choose today has on your future herd on page 9 & 10. You will also find details about the bull sale on page 10.

There are also updates on a weaner phosphorus trial, the wild dog management project and what has been happening at the Katherine Research Station. We introduce you to the new Senior Extension Agronomist, highlight some key learnings from a recent savanna fire forum and let you know about many of the upcoming learning opportunities being run in your region.

Settle in with a cuppa and catch up on all the latest news, information and events happening around the Katherine region.


The Editor

Last updated: 30 April 2020

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