John Bennett at his Lawloit, Vic, property.
Victorian West Wimmera grower John Bennett has been a member of the GRDC’s Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) since its inception in 2012.
John, who farms at Lawloit between Nhill and Kaniva growing cereals, oilseeds, pulses and hay, started out on the high-rainfall zone RCSN before moving over to the medium-rainfall zone RCSN in 2015 when he was also elected to the GRDC’s Southern Panel.
“I have always been a fan of the GRDC and the work they fund so when I was approached to be a part of the inaugural RCSN I jumped at the chance,” John says.
“It wasn’t always something that was on my radar but I saw it as a great opportunity to contribute.”
John says one of the biggest issues in his area is herbicide resistance.
“More broadly, there are other issues across the grains industry such as managing input costs and efficient management of nitrogen,” he says.
Being able to bring issues to the table and follow that through to investment and research is the most enjoyable part about John’s role on the RCSN, as well as being able to help and represent growers.
He says the RCSNs are well placed to tackle the issues facing growers with a mix of expertise in the networks.
“The RCSNs have a great mix of people involved including growers, scientists and researchers, agronomists and advisers,” he says. “There is always somebody with a certain level of knowledge to bring a meaningful contribution to discussions.”
Further to this, John says the people within the grains industry are its biggest asset.
“We have the sort of people who solve problems and share their knowledge with their peers,” he says. “Agriculture is a very open industry and most people are happy to share information and even mentor others.”
John Bennett, 0429 919 223, email@example.com