Getting The Crop In kicks off Hart’s 2018 research calendar

By February 22, 2018April 5th, 2018Media Releases - February 2018

Farming Systems Group, Hart Field-Site Group (Hart) will kick off their broadacre cropping information program for this year with the Getting the Crop In event in March.

Hart is one of 26 Farming System Groups (FSGs) which GrainGrowers is sponsoring in 2018 as part of its  Partnership Opportunity program.

Hart Chairman, Damien Sommerville, said that the off-site event to be held on 14 March at Clare would give growers excellent access to the latest broadacre cropping information, and the opportunity to learn from their peers.

More than 150 farmers are expected to attend the event to be held at The Vines Church, Stradbrooke Road, Clare.

Mr Sommerville said that, exactly as the name of the seminar suggested, the program would focus on getting the crop in, in 2018 and included:

  • What we are learning about early sowing long season wheats presented by Dylan Bruce, regional intern Hart
  • Are we ‘barley’ scratching the surface of new variety potential? Presented by Kenton Porker, research scientist, SARDI
  • Spreading the risk between cropping & livestock – hunting the right mix: Ben Hunt, farmer, Bordertown SA
  • Price risk management against current market dynamics: Sam Chambers, Agribusiness Risk & Treasury, Rabobank
  • Farmer panel Q&A: Getting the crop in – Ben Hunt and two local farmers share their strategies to kick off the 2018 growing season.

“The Getting The Crop In seminar marks the start of our year’s research program which culminates in the Hart Field Day in September which regularly attracts more than 600 growers,” said Mr Sommerville.

“Once again, the Hart Field-Site Group has worked hard to plan a program of events for 2018 which will benefit growers by helping them achieve grains in productivity and sustainability within their farming businesses.

“We’re very lucky to be able to attract top quality researchers and experts to Hart, which makes it easy for farmers to access their vast knowledge and experience locally.”

National grains representative body, GrainGrowers, has been a proud supporter of Hart since 2014.

Regional Coordinator, David Evans said that Hart played an essential role for growers in ground-truthing the research and development projects they paid for with their levies.

“With GRDC’s new strategic plan coming out it is important that growers reflect on the results of RD&E they have paid for with their levies and what areas have turned out to be the most favourable for their businesses.”

Mr Evans said that GrainGrowers was proud to have the opportunity to assist Hart to meet their goals in accordance with GrainGrowers’ vision to develop and promote a more efficient, sustainable and profitable grains industry for all Ausralian grain farmers.

Damien Sommerville said GrainGrowers’ support allowed the group to honour one of its key values.

“We prize generosity in the values we work to uphold,” Mr Sommerville said.

“Through the support of sponsors like GrainGrowers, we are able to keep event and workshop costs to a bare minimum, and we can provide trial results and other key resources to growers either free or at the lowest cost possible.”

For more information, or to register for Hart’s Getting The Crop In seminar, please visit www.hartfieldsite.org.au

For more information about GrainGrowers’ Partnership Program visit: https://www.graingrowers.com.au/about/partnerships

Editor’s note:

  • Hart events in 2018 include:
  • Hart Getting the Crop In seminar – 14 March, Clare
  • Hart Winter Walk – 17 July, Hart
  • Hart Field Day – 18 September, Hart
  • Hart Spring Twilight Walk – 16 October, Hart.
(Photo credit: Hart Field-Site Group)


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