All field tours will be held on Wednesday 28 August 2019 departing from The Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga.

The field tours can be booked when registering for the conference, or you can log back into your account at a later time to add a tour.

Tours are included in full conference registrations.  Additional tickets can be purchased and are $95 Inc GST.

All tours are subject to minimum and maximum numbers.

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Field Tours

Tour 1 – Irrigation

Departing Wagga Wagga at 7.45am

The irrigated agriculture tour travels from Wagga Wagga westerly to Narrandera to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) known as the Food Bowl of NSW starting with a tour of a citrus and hazelnut orchard situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Continuing to the west through irrigated walnut orchards and winter cropping fields to the Yanco Agricultural Institute where we will enjoy morning tea and a tour of the facilities and field station.

Yanco is also the home to the Tocal College for agricultural training programs, cotton research, soybean evaluation, citrus research, nut research and winter cropping programs it also has on site pathology and entomology laboratories. The Australian Rice Breeding & Quality program has been located here since 1920 and has produced 10 varieties of rice for Australian conditions and export markets.

The tour heads towards Griffith for a relaxing lunch at a local winery including a tour of the vineyard and cellar. Next stop is a Cotton Gin owned by local growers where 90% of local Riverina cotton is ginned. Cotton has only been grown in the area for the past five years but has become the largest producing area in Australia. Aquaculture is also becoming a popular diversification on many farms in the MIA with the Narrandera Fisheries centre operated by DPI Fisheries providing support and advice. The Centre has several roles including breeding, conservation, environmental surveys, NSW river management, aquaculture, reporting on illegal activities and community education. The site provides scientific research on the iconic Murray Cod, golden and silver perch, through to the endangered purple spotted gudgeon.

Finally, as we head past barley crops and hear about the importance of malting varieties we will head to the Thirsty Crow to sample local beer with a tour of the beer making facilities and information from the maltster.

Tour 2 – Mixed Farming

Departing Wagga Wagga at 7.45am

The tour will head to ROBE (Riverina Oils), an oilseed crushing facility where approximately 200,000 tonnes of locally grown oilseeds per year, producing 250 tonnes of refined oil and 350 tonnes of protein meal per day.

The tour will then continue to Hart Bros Seeds, a family property which produce cereals, oilseeds and pulses.  It is also a registered seed business, growing and treating seed for major seed companies and treating seed for local growers.  Hart Bros Seeds also runs numerous research trials on their property and host a major field day each year to extend their results.

The final stop of the tour will be The Bulls Run.  The Bulls Run is a large corporate mixed farm owned by Paraway Pastoral Company.  The property is approximately 7000 ha growing winter and irrigated summer grain crops as well as producing lamb.  The property is extremely picturesque with a mix of rolling hills and river flats and 40km of Murrumbidgee River frontage.

Tour 3 – Pasture Zone

Departing Wagga Wagga at 8.00am

The high rainfall tour will head to the hills east of Wagga Wagga. Firstly, stopping at Finlay’s Run, a farming enterprise over 6000 ha. The livestock enterprises include both sheep and cattle.

The tour will then travel to Batlow Apples.  Batlow has a long history of producing apples back to 1922. Apple production here is based on good soils, reliable rainfall and an altitude greater than 800m.

The final stop will be Visy. Set on 1100ha, the Tumut mill was built in two stages. Stage 1 was completed in 2001 with an initial investment of $450 million. The mill’s production was doubled with the development of stage 2.  In total, the investment has been almost $1 billion. Pulp and Paper mill in Tumut produces high-quality kraft paper for both domestic and international markets.

Tour 4 – Digital Ag Tour

Departing Wagga Wagga at 8.30am

The digital Ag tour will be based around Wagga and will be looking at the ways companies are incorporating the “digital” into their “Ag”.

First stop on the tour will be Hutcheon & Pearce TECSight.  Learn how John Deere have adopted digital technologies to improve machinery function and operation and support services and discuss ongoing and future capabilities.

The tour will then visit Silvertone UAV to see a demonstration of the Silvertone Flamingo UAV.  A presentation will be provided on the current and future of UAV technology.

Finally, the tour will visit Gregadoo Park for a presentation from Agrinet, a private wireless network system developed for data transmission and communication on farms.  Andrew Dumaresq will discuss his use of Precision Ag Technologies on his property.

Host

The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

Photo Credits

David Marland Photography david_marland@hotmail.com Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University

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