New NGA trials agronomist
Author: Ellen McNamara | Date: 01 May 2018
A former broadacre farm manager is the newest recruit for the Northern Grower Alliance (NGA), an organisation committed to delivering “paddock-ready, local solutions” to grain growers across southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Richard Black will be based in Goondiwindi and oversee NGA trials in the Goondiwindi, Moree, and Mungindi/Balonne areas.
Hailing from a farming background near Condobolin, Mr Black said he has previously held positions involved in operating and managing commercial broadacre and irrigated farms.
“For the last eight years I have been the farm operations manager for a broadacre farming enterprise near Tulloona, with challenges revolving around weed control, staff management and of course the climate,” he said.
“I am now looking forward to be involved in the NGA trials, which will give me the chance to be more involved in the science of dealing with issues arising season to season.
“I expect to focus on fallow weeds, weed resistance and various variety issues.”
NGA is an Incorporated Association established in 2005 to provide a regional capacity for industry-driven, applied agronomic research.
It is currently working on a five-year Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment, focusing on the validation and adoption of new agronomic practices in northern NSW and southern QLD.
“I’ve been gaining a greater understanding of the importance of trial work to growers and agronomists in the past few weeks in the new job, and I from personal experience I know how important paddock ready, local insights are to the industry,” Mr Black said.
“I look forward to being on the front foot of driving in paddock solutions for growers across the NGA region.”
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