CROPPERS, agronomists and fodder producers are encouraged to enter the National Grain & Fodder Innovation Awards as part of this year's Royal Adelaide Show.
The Nufarm National Grain Innovation Award and the Pasture Genetics National Fodder Innovation Award recognise growers across Australia that have redeveloped their farming practices to adapt to change, increase production and/or demonstrate sustainability.
Entries are open and can be submitted in written or video form and may feature innovative practices for pest or weed management, innovative machinery, or forward-thinking environmental management practices that lead to sustainable farming.
The 2018 inaugural award winner Tom Robinson, Hoyleton, was recognised for his diverse rotational mixes, while Brenton McRae, Kadina, won for harvesting stormwater for lucerne and fodder irrigation.
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Grains & Fodder Committee deputy chair Peter Smith said both innovations demonstrated the deliberate application of information and resources in a new manner, leading to more sustainable farming and production.
"All producers have to be innovative to remain both economically and environmentally sustainable in their production," he said.
"So we encourage those in the industry to share their story and be rewarded."
All entries will be assessed by an independent industry representative, along with representatives from the Grains & Fodder Committee, Nufarm and Pasture Genetics.
The Grain Innovation Award winner will receive $5000 toward an overseas study tour to further knowledge of innovative farming practices, while the Fodder Innovation Award winner will receive proprietary seed product to the value of $3000 and a one-on-one on-farm agronomic consultation.
Entries close Friday, July 26, with the winners announced during the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show.
- Details: theshow.com.au