Post Conference Field Tours

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Tour 1: Low Rainfall Murray Valley Tour

Tour Leaders: Tony Rathjen and Mick Faulkner

8:30am

Depart Convention Centre and travel via freeway to Monarto

9:30am

Inspect clay delving site at Monarto, redesigned by Rod Eldridge, PIRSA Rural Solutions. This site looks at delving sub surface clay into sandy surface layers and the changes to the physical & chemical characteristics of the soil.

10:00am

Leave Monarto, travel to Murray Bridge

10:30am

Arrive at Murray Bridge Dairy Farm – A high-tech dairy operation on the River Murray which is their main water source.

11:30am

Travel to Mouth of Marne River.

12:15pm

Lunch

1:30pm

Starrick Farm – A highly productive farming operation in a low rainfall mallee environment.

3:00pm

Arrive SARDI Crop Evaluation Site and meet with Richard Saunders, MSFP. This site is investigating new varieties specifically designed for mallee.

4:00pm

Depart to Adelaide

5:00pm

Arrive Adelaide Convention Centre

Tour 2: Mid North and Hart Field Site Tour

Tour Leader: Bill Long

8:30am

Depart Convention Centre and travel north via Two Wells

9:30am

Tiller farm Pinery. The Tiller family run a very successful medium-to large continuous cropping operation across a range of soil types in 375-500mm rainfall country in the lower north region of SA. They grow durum wheat, bread wheat, barley, canola, lentils, beans and peas.

10:45am

Travel to Bowmans where ABB grain director and local farmer, Paul Daniel, will discuss changes to grain marketing and storage and handling systems in SA in recent times.

11:15am

Balco Hay Plant and container packing facility. Balco is a major processor and exporter of cereal hay to the Japanese dairy market. It has recently established a container packaging facility, which has increased market access for grain growers in the region. Lunch

12:30pm

Travel to Hart where our guest speaker on the bus will discuss the expansion of chicken meat production facilities in the Port Wakefield region, including new opportunities for the domestic feed grains market and new fertiliser types.

1:30pm

Hart Field Site: Manager, Peter Hooper, will explain how the 20 year-old site is one of the most successful cropping field day sites in Australia.

3:15pm

Depart to Adelaide

5:30pm

Arrive Adelaide Convention Centre

Tour 3: Pasture Focus Tour

Tour Leader: Tim Prance

8:30am

Depart Adelaide Convention Centre. Travel to Hindmarsh Tiers.

10:00am

Hindmarsh Tiers. Visit St Vincents Pty Ltd “Avonlea” property and meet with manager Alistair Just to discuss his “TechnoGrazing” system set up to finish weaner steers and heifers at a current winter stocking rate 30 dse/ha.

11:30am

Travel to Mr Jagged

12:00noon

Visit “Minbee,” Michael & Jodie Connors dryland high intensity dairy with 300 milkers grazing forage triticale, Italian & perennial ryegrass. Meet agronomist, Greg Mitchell.

1:00pm

Depart to Adelaide

2:00pm

Arrive Adelaide Airport

2:45pm

Tour of Waite Precinct.

5:15pm

Arrive Adelaide Convention Centre

 

General Information

Copyright & Citation

ISBN: 1 920842 34 9

Citation: "Global Issues, Paddock Action". Edited by M. Unkovich. Proceedings of the 14th Australian Agronomy Conference, 21-25 September 2008, Adelaide, South Australia.

Copyright: © The Australian Society of Agronomy, Inc. 2008

Edited by: Dr Murray Unkovich

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