Sowing the seeds to farm business success

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 18 Feb 2016

SARDI’s Peter Hayman will discuss the weather at the Farm Business Update at Clare.

Successful grain growers know there is more to profitable production than sowing, protecting and harvesting a crop – having a sound farm business plan in place is just as important.

It is a fact well recognised by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) which will host a Farm Business Update in Clare, following the Hart Field-Site Group’s “Getting The Crop In” seminar on March 16.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member Bill Long, of Ardrossan, says the Clare Farm Business Update will be of enormous value to growers from throughout the Mid and Upper North, Yorke Peninsula and Adelaide Plains regions. 

“The Farm Business Updates – an initiative of the GRDC Southern Regional Panel – are designed to help growers improve their knowledge and understanding of the business issues associated with farming enterprises,” Mr Long said.

“The event at Clare will be a great opportunity to prepare for the season ahead by attending the Getting The Crop In seminar, and to then learn more about how we can make improvements in the business side of farming for greater efficiencies and profitability by staying on for the Farm Business Update.”

The Update program will begin with Ian Ware from APA Sound outlining the benefits of increasing connectivity on the farm.

Peter Hayman from the South Australian Research and Development Institute will discuss the weather, focusing on what can be done to manage weather and climate risk for improved farm profit.

Tools to reduce risk associated with growing grain will be the topic of a presentation by ORM’s David Smith who will delve into multi-peril crop insurance, while Neville Brady from Brunch Consulting will outline the four key areas for improved business performance.

To be held at The Vines Christian Church, Stradbrooke Road, Clare, the Farm Business Update will begin with lunch at 12.30pm and will conclude at 4.30pm.

A detailed program can be obtained by visiting the GRDC Update Dates page, or by contacting ORM on 03 5441 6176 or email

To register for Hart’s Getting The Crop In seminar, phone 0427 423 154, visit or email

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