Liverpool Plains, NSW grower Ian Carter has won the inaugural 2013 Summer Grains Conference Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Farmer award.
Mr Carter received the award at the recent GRDC Update at Quirindi. With his wife Marilyn and son Harry, Mr Carter farms 2500 hectares at Pine Ridge, west of Quirindi.
James Clark, GRDC northern panel chair says Mr Carter is an early adopter of technology, from no till in the late 1980s and early 1990s to collecting yield data, adopting variable rate fertiliser application and infrared spray technology.
“Ian has been actively involved in local trial work for various government, GRDC and private company trials,” Mr Clark said.
“He is always a keen participant in any activities that involve advancing agriculture in the region.”
Mr Carter has been an active member of the Pine Ridge Landcare movement, the Maximum Economic Yield (MEY) group in Quirindi and was one of the founding members of the AgVance Farming group.
He has held various positions on agricultural advisory bodies and boards related to agriculture.
“The GRDC felt Ian’s predominantly summer-based cropping program was exemplary,” Mr Clark said.
“It consists of sorghum, cotton, wheat, durum, barley, chickpeas, mungbeans and subtropical grass seed production. Corn, canola, faba beans and sunflowers have also been produced in the past.”
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Caption: Keith Harris, GRDC northern panellist presents Liverpool Plains grower Ian Carter with the 2013 Summer Grains Conference GRDC Farmer of the Year award at the GRDC Update at Quirindi recently.
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