2017 Spring Field Day

‘Rain, ripping and research – SCF Spring Field Day 2017’

The SCF Spring Field Day for 2017 was a great success with well over 100 attendees over the day.  The wet weather experienced was welcomed by many, but most were still happy to get out of the rain at the South Stirlings Hall for a great lunch after a morning soaking!

There was plenty on offer this year, with a look at some of SCF’s and our partner’s cutting-edge trials. The SCF long season feed wheat trial and discussions with breeders on some of the potential new long season varieties being released for the high rainfall zone was a popular stop.  Of added interest at this site was a look at John Howard’s new Grader board.

The highlight of the day for many was the presentation at lunch time by Mobrup farmer, Rob Egerton-Warburton.  His discussions around incorporating CTF and livestock in his farming system got a lot of conversations happening and proved of great interest to all at the field day. 

Also on offer this year was a look at the Canola NVTs, including some early sown Canola varieties, snails research and management, spray topping feed barley and a look at some subtropical pastures with Heritage Seeds’ Tim O’Dea.  Deep Ripping trials at Goad’s and a visit to a Faba bean crop, as well as a CSBP Potassium trial for south coast cropping rounded out the day.  A look at and discussion around the Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor from McIntosh’s elicited a fair bit of interest before everyone headed back to the Green Range Country Club for drinks and an update on the progress of SCF’s Co-operative Feasibility projects.  Many made the decision to stay on and enjoy great company and a lovely dinner put on by the Country Club.

Many thanks for the time and effort of those that helped put the day together.  A big thanks to the South Stirlings P&C ladies for once again producing a very enjoyable lunch, and to the Green Range Country Club for hosting drinks and dinner at the end of the day.  Lastly, thanks to SCF board member, Ken Drummond, and Rabobank’s, Simon Bigwood, for driving the buses for the day.

Click here for a copy of the Spring Field Day 2017 Booklet.  Photos from the day are below.

Nicola Edwards