THE 600-plus attendees at the Hart Field Day yesterday were treated to a number of new technologies and varieties being launched, while also gaining valuable advice on best crop management.
During the lunchtime break, Member for Frome Geoff Brock and PIRSA chief executive Scott Ashby officially launched the Mid North Mesonet, a project managed by Ag Excellence Alliance which received $1.4 million in government funding.
The easy-to-use online platform, now in operation, collects data from a network of 40 automatic weather stations across the Mid North, northern Adelaide Plains and northern Yorke Peninsula.
It is a weather monitoring and warning system, providing growers with highly-accurate and targeted data on the development and presence of adverse conditions for spraying.
The new technology aims to reduce the risk of spray drift caused by inversions - an issue in the Mid North and Clare Valley, which could cost up to $178m a year in potential loss in value of production and market access.
Mr Ashby also announced the government would be rolling out a similar network in the Riverland.
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