Grain growers’ research priorities and local industry issues are about to be brought to the immediate attention of the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Southern Regional Panel.
Panel members will be travelling throughout southern New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia during their annual spring tour of growers’ properties, research facilities and trial sites. They will also be meeting with farming systems groups, researchers and farm advisers.
The tour, from Monday, September 2, to Friday, September 6, will provide panel members with critical insights into the research, development and extension needs and requirements of the southern cropping industry.
Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the annual spring tour is one of the most important activities undertaken by the panel.
“The tour provides panel members with a valuable opportunity to interact directly with farming systems groups and grain growers on-farm,” Mr Pengilley said.
“This contact allows panel members to get a greater handle on local issues, which means we can make better informed recommendations and decisions about research priorities.
“This will be the first spring tour for three new panel members – Rob Sonogan from Swan Hill in Victoria, Geoff McLeod from Finley in NSW and Mark Stanley from Port Lincoln in SA – so the tour takes on even greater importance for them in terms of familiarisation with issues in other regions.”
Mr Pengilley said the panel tour would involve visits to research facilities and trial sites so members could assess first-hand the impact and relevance of GRDC-funded research and development in the regions.
The panel will be split into three separate touring parties to maximise geographical coverage and stakeholder contact during the week.
Each touring group will focus on a designated agroecological zone: low rainfall zone; medium rainfall zone; and high rainfall zone/irrigation.
The low rainfall zone tour will comprise visits to: SA – Mallala, Pinery, Port Germein, Willowie, Orroroo, Kimba, Buckleboo, Tuckey, Arno Bay, Wharminda, Murlong, Lock, Warramboo, Wudinna, Minnipa and Mudamuckla.
The medium rainfall zone tour will comprise visits to: SA – Pinery, Mallala, Balaklava, Hart, Clare, Tarlee, University of SA (Mawson Lakes), the Waite research precinct in Adelaide, Keith, Sherwood; Victoria – Horsham and Longerenong.
The high rainfall zone/irrigation tour will comprise visits to: NSW – Griffith, Yanco, Young, Greenthorpe, Harden, Goulburn; Tasmania – Launceston, Milford Dam, Campbell Town, Riccarton, Forrest Vale, Cressy, Wollen Park, Deloraine, Red Hills and Huntsman Dam.
The itineraries for this year’s panel tour have involved considerable input from GRDC’s Regional Cropping Solutions Network facilitators, who will also travel with panel members throughout the regions.
Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the annual spring tour is one of the most important activities undertaken by the panel.
Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel Chair
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli