Event Dates

25 Jul 2022
29 Jul 2022
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Best Presentation - Portia Phohlo | Excessive nitrogen fertilization is a limitation to herbage yield and nitrogen use efficiency of dairy pastures in South Africa

Best Presentation by a Young Scientist Likhona Cele | The use of interseeded cover crop species to improve the yield and nutritional quality of natural veld and planted pastures for ruminant livestock production

Norman Rethman Planted Pastures Award - Charné Viljoen | More benefits in kikuyu-ryegrass pastures from using lower nitrogen fertiliser rates

Best Research Proposal Poster - Jamie Paulse | The comparative effects of short duration, high density grazing and conventional, rotational grazing on different soil and vegetation parameters in the dry and mesic grasslands of South Africa

Best Poster - Lisa Matthews | Carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in crop systems containing a pasture-livestock phase vs cash crop only rotation systems

Most prolific online adjudicator - Donna Berjak

Other awards:

Best Paper in the AJRFS in 2021 - Zander Venter, Heidi-Jayne Hawkins and Michael Cramer | Does defoliation frequency and severity influence plant productivity? The role of grazing management and soil nutrients

GSSA Prestige Award - Prof Nico Smit and Prof Tim O'Connor

GSSA Honorary Membership Award - Dr Ed Granger

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Notes for delegates

  • It is essential that you are able to log in to your Dryfta user account. If you experience any issues, please contact the Administrator via info@grassland.org.za. Do not create a duplicate user account!
  • Zoom session links will be shared via email, please check your emails regularly.
  • The sessions can also be accessed via Dryfta. Log in and go to Programme and open the relevant session - the link will be displayed or look for a JOIN LIVE/CHECK-IN button. You must be logged in!
  • CPD points will be awarded based on actual time spent in sessions.
  • Quiz questions will be posted by live poll during the Congress. The delegates who answer all the questions correctly will be entered into a lucky draw to win a prize. 
  • Adjudication of each presentation and poster can be done by all delegates via the Dryfta platform. Click on the Adjudication menu tab in Dryfta. The judging of presentations closes at 17h00 on Thursday, 29 July.
  • There is an award for the most prolific adjudicator.
  • The poster sessions will take place on Twitter during the tea and lunch breaks. Twitter is the place where all conversations related to Congress and the posters will take place. The Twitter handle for the Grassland Society is @GrasslandSocSA. Use the #GSSACongress56 to group all related congress posts together. Feel free to retweet posts, ask questions, and like the posts. Find your fellow delegates and presenters to engage with them. 
  • Posters for the day will be posted early on so that there is plenty of time to engage on the posters.
  • Virtual tour videos will be streamed during the breaks. 
  • The organisers plan to make the session presentations available to delegates for 48 hours after each session. Hence if delegates experience connectivity problems or loadshedding, they will still be able to view or review the sessions. The link to access these will be sent following the end of each session via email.
  • Tip: Any electronic devices near your microphone may cause interference. So, for instance, a cell phone near your laptop or even a fan in the room may cause interference. Make sure that as far as possible all unnecessary devices are switched off. Also, if you are logged into Zoom on more than one device this will cause feedback (awful screeching sound!), so do try to be connected with one device at a time.
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