Growers invited to share on-farm issues with GRDC

Author: | Date: 03 Sep 2018

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Growers and advisers are invited to join the GRDC Northern Panel on tour to share their concerns and priorities about regional constraints to on-farm profitability.

Understanding how grain growers are dealing with the challenges of a tough season will be an integral part of a three-day fact-finding trip for the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) through northern New South Wales and south western Queensland in early September.

The GRDC Northern Region Panel will hear first-hand from growers and industry advisers when they visit grain operations in the Mungindi, Thallon, Nindigully, Surat, Inglestone, Chinchilla, Warra and Dalby regions from September 11-13.

GRDC Northern Panel chair John Minogue, who will lead the fact-finding tour, said regular industry consultation was invaluable and ensured grain grower levies were directed into research, development and extension (RD&E) that had a meaningful, lasting and profitable impact on-farm.

The Panel tours different NSW and Queensland cropping regions twice a year to engage directly with growers, grower groups, advisers, researchers and community members.

“As a Panel it is important we create these opportunities to engage directly with growers in a two-way conversation that helps us develop an in-depth understanding of the regional constraints to farm profitability and productivity,” Mr Minogue said.

“Understanding the concerns and challenges facing growers across the region is vital so we can fulfil our responsibility of ensuring levy investments deliver paddock-ready solutions to production constraints, help reduce production costs and importantly increase farm profitability.

“The GRDC Panel and staff use this information to help refine the GRDC’s RD&E investments at a regional and national level, because at the end of the day we all share a common goal of creating enduring profitability for the grains industry.”

Mr Minogue said the spring tour also offered growers and consultants the opportunity to ask questions about the GRDC’s investments into areas such as crop nutrition, pest and disease management, soil management, herbicide resistance management and varietal development.

Growers, advisers and industry representatives are invited to join Panel members at any of the stop-overs during the tour. For more information on the itinerary contact Gillian Meppem (GRDC Business Support Team Leader North) on 0409 279 328 or email

The itinerary includes:

September 11

  • Visit to grain growing property of Tom and Melissa Greentree, Quisisana, Mungindi
  • BBQ lunch with grain growers at Nindigully Hall

September 12

  • Visit to grain growing property of Dave Packer, Merino Downs, Surat
  • Lunch and property tour, Philip and Cindy Coggan, The Ranch, Inglestone
  • Dinner with growers at the RSL, Chinchilla

September 13

  • BBQ breakfast with growers and tour of the Bidstrup family’s property, Wywurrie, Warra

The Northern Panel comprises a mix of growers, senior agronomists, researchers and consultants. On tour will be GRDC Northern Panel members John Minogue (Panel Chair), Arthur Gearon (Deputy Chair), Roger Bolte, Roy Hamilton, Andrew McFadyen, Peter McKenzie, Graham Spackman, Bruce Watson, Dr Jo White and Lucy Broad (GRDC Executive Manager Grower Extension and Communication).

GRDC staff accompanying the tour will be Jan Edwards (Senior Regional Manager North), Kaara Klepper (Agronomy, Soils, Nutrition and Farming Systems Manager), Susan McDonnell (Grower Relations Manager), Gillian Meppem (GRDC Business Support Team Leader) and Toni Somes (GRDC Communications Manager).

Contact Details

Toni Somes, GRDC
0436 622 645