Value of field days to grain growers

Host: | Date: 29 May 2019

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    GRDC Podcast: Value of field days to grain growers

    On this podcast Tasmanian grower and Southern Panel member Michael Chilvers discusses the major constraints to cereal production in high rainfall areas, and how he is using the latest germplasm research and fungicide management strategies to help achieve the potential yield for his region.

    Date: 29 May 2019

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    Tags: higher yields, increase farm average, high rainfall zone, medium rainfall zone, Hyper Yielding Cereals, quality feed grain

Hagley in northern Tasmania is the site of an extensive trial dedicated to helping the state’s grain growers to achieve higher yields of quality feed grain. It’s also the location of an annual field day that showcases its research into new cereal lines and agronomy strategies to lift feed grain productivity.

On this podcast Tasmanian grower and Southern Panel member Michael Chilvers discusses the major constraints to cereal production in high rainfall areas, and how he is using the latest germplasm research and fungicide management strategies to help achieve the potential yield for his region.

The trial and field day are part of the GRDC’s Hyper Yielding Cereals Project, that aims to increase average red feed wheat yields in Tasmania from 4.4 t/ha to 7t/ha by 2020 and have 10% of commercial Tasmanian feed wheat crops yielding 14t/ha by 2020.

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Michael Chilvers

Nile, Tasmania

Michael runs a collaborative family farming enterprise at Nile in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania (with property also in northern NSW) having transitioned the business from a dryland grazing enterprise to an intensive mixed farming enterprise. He has a broad range of experience from resource management, strategic planning and risk profiling  to human resource management and operational logistics, and has served as part of the High Rainfall Zone Regional Cropping Solutions Network for the past six years. Following his graduation as a Nuffield Scholar in 2012, Michael served on the Board of Nuffield Australia for two years.  Michael is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010) and was Kondinin Group’s Australian Farmer of the Year. Among many industry commitments Michael also currently serves as the Board Chair of TAPAgrico a Tasmanian based grain storage, stock feed and logistics company, Director of Tasmanian Irrigation, Director of Starson Farms and Director/Secretary of Winburn Tas.