Although the weather was wet and cold many attended from SE, Victoria & NSW the SE/Victorian Crop Walk. The day began with a BBQ at the Jolpac site; from there we looked at the Durum versus Bread wheat trial sites conducted by Nathan Tink & Jason Able.
Approximately 35 interested farmers and industry representatives attended the Mid North Crop Walk which commenced at Roseworthy College Trial Site after which the group had an enjoyable lunch at the Roseworthy Hotel, and subsequently visited the Turretfield trial site.
The day began with an unexpected visit from Ramesh Segaran from URAF, University of Adelaide with his drone which he demonstrated and spoke to the group regarding the value of this asset and its uses in agriculture and how these drones are used on trial sites.
“Sky-High: Looking down from a drone shot at the Roseworthy Durum field day on the 7th September 2016, where the SAGIT-funded durum wheat vs bread wheat gross margin trials are sown. These trials, along with several others were discussed. Thanks to Ramesh at URAF, the University of Adelaide for taking the time to talk drones with the audience and capturing this image.”
Two very successful days were held in South East West Wimmera area in early October. The crop walk included a variety of presentations both in South Australia south east and over the border at Kaniva. Trials that were viewed:
- Jolpac trials of durum and bread wheat and time of seeding trials. (see photo Nathan Tink, Lachie Eats and Jason Able at the trial site)
- Gross Margin trial Durum wheat versus Bread wheat versus milling oats and barley.
- NVT trials in West Wimmera region for Durum wheat, bread wheat and barley.
- Early Generation S2 trial.
Approximately 50 interested farmers and industry representatives attended the Mid North Crop Walk which commenced at Richard Konzag’s property where Herbicide Tolerance trials are being conducted. The day proceeded to the GRDC Dispersive Soils project site and the DBA Durum varieties trial. This was followed by a visit to Roseworthy College to view the Genetic characterisations and exploitation of heat stress on Durum project and the ‘Growing Durum Demand in SA Gross Margin Sensitivity Analysis trials.