GRDC Seed of Light winner well respected by growers

Date: 26 Feb 2013

GRDC chairman Keith Perrett, with GRDC Seed of Light award winner Jeremy Lemon, a senior development officer with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA in Albany, and GRDC western regional panel chairman Peter Roberts.

The winner of the 2013 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) western region Seed of Light award is Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) senior development officer Jeremy Lemon.

The presentation of the award – made annually to someone who makes a significant contribution to communicating the outcomes of grains research – took place today at Perth’s Agribusiness Crop Updates, supported by the GRDC and DAFWA.   

Making the presentation, GRDC western regional panel chairman Peter Roberts said Mr Lemon understood the key issues important to growers, and his breadth of knowledge allowed him to provide invaluable farming systems information and advice.

“Jeremy works particularly well with local grower groups and is constantly in demand, delivering quality information at events such as field days, and has helped to initiate a number of these groups,” Mr Roberts said.

He said Mr Lemon, who had worked from Albany since 2008, had a huge knowledge of farming systems, covering cropping, pastures, nutrition, pests, livestock, soils and climate.

“Although staying ‘under the radar’, Jeremy has led the way in many areas of farming systems research,” Mr Roberts said.

“He pioneered work in areas such as nitrogen timing for profit, soil water models and their application for growers, and sub-soil constraints.

“In his work on nitrogen timing, Jeremy demonstrated that this was not as critical as once thought, allowing growers to make more economically sensible decisions.

“He has trained and mentored many young advisers and agronomists and is widely respected by farmers, agronomists, consultants and researchers.

“In addition, Jeremy has delivered technical advice to a number of projects in China.”

Mr Lemon, originally from Clare in South Australia, started his career in WA as a general adviser with DAFWA in Narrogin in 1977.

In 1985 he moved to Esperance, which was then in need of someone with pastures experience, which Mr Lemon had gained while in Narrogin.

While in Esperance he built his skills in soils, pastures and crops and was described by his then manager as a tower of strength servicing the district's diverse needs, and the mainstay of DAFWA’s general adviser extension program.

Mr Lemon was awarded the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST) award of excellence in 2001.

Previous GRDC western region Seed of Light winners include Owen Grieve, Geoff Fosbery, Stephen Powles, Bill Bowden, Peter Newman, Peter Mangano, Bill Crabtree, Cameron Weeks, Peter Nelson, Ros Jettner, Vanessa Stewart, Rob Loughman and Fran Hoyle.

Details of GRDC Seed of Light winners can be found at www.grdc.com.au/seedoflight

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PHOTO CAPTION:  (left to right) GRDC chairman Keith Perrett, with GRDC Seed of Light award winner Jeremy Lemon, a senior development officer with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA in Albany, and GRDC western regional panel chairman Peter Roberts. The award was presented at the Agribusiness Crop Updates in Perth.

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