They came because they wanted to know more about precision farming, pulses, producing grain for specific markets, plant disease diagnosis and plenty more.
'They' were the thousands of farmers who attended Grain EXPO recently - a technology delivery concept which enables grain growers to talk with scientists and industry personnel on a one-to-one basis about the subjects dearest to their hearts and pockets.
Local EXPO organisers, with GRDC backing, arrange a suitable day and venuea hall, school, sporting facility - and then the researchers and others set up in designated areas. At any time during the day, farmers can arrive, talk to the experts and leave when they like. Simple, but very effective.
Credit for the concept in the grains industry goes to the people at Jerramungup in WA who are now old hands at organising these events.
And this year the southern, eastern and northern graingrowing regions modelled the Jerramungup concept with EXPO held at Roseworthy, SA; Birchip and Lake Bolac in Victoria; Temora, NSW; and Roma, Queensland.
Our photo shows GRDC Southern Panel Member and Yorke Peninsula farmer Neil Smith at plant disease identification helped by Chris Wilmshurst of the SA Research and Development Institute.