8am - 12:30pm
Influencers Church, Stradbrooke Road, Clare
Post event news
There was a full house for last week’s Hart Field-Site Group’s Getting The Crop In seminar held in Clare.
The fully-booked event saw almost 170 farmers and industry personnel gather to hear up-to-date trial information as the Hart Field-Site Group launched its 2018 trial results book, along with market updates, seasonal climate outlooks and the challenges of soil residual herbicides.
Always a drawcard, the keynote farmer speaker for the event Ben Wundersitz from Yorke Peninsula gave a detailed insight into how he and wife Belinda operate their farm, Anna Binna.
Outgoing Hart Field-Site Group chairman Damien Sommerville said it was heartening to see continued support for the group’s key events.
“Hart’s purpose continues to be to deliver value to growers and make agriculture better, in productivity, sustainability and community,” he said.
“Getting the Crop In for 2019 provided some great, rounded information that is pretty timely as we head into seeding, and we look to back that up with our Winter Walk in July, Spring Walk in October and of course our field day in September.
“To get a good crowd like we did today shows we’re on the right track, but we always welcome feedback and new ideas. We encourage growers and others involved in the industry to think about nominating to join the Hart board, before elections at our AGM coming up on April 9 at the Blyth Hotel.
“It really is a great opportunity to get involved with one of the leading agronomy groups in Australia and make a difference to South Australia’s broadacre cropping industry.”
Pre event news
The 2019 cropping season is almost here and we're again presenting our free Getting The Crop In seminar on Wednesday, March 13, to help farmers prepare.
Hart chairman and Spalding farmer Damien Sommerville says this year’s event will be particularly relevant coming off the back of a dry year, with many farmers potentially facing new or different challenges.
“Coming out of a dry season we’ve got so many different things to consider,” he said.
“Issues like less cover in some paddocks, potential herbicide residues, and some might be wondering how the trials at the Hart site went in a dry year and how that latest research fits into a dry finish to prepare for similar years.
“It’s also a great chance to see where the international markets are heading and given we’ve had record prices this year to find out how long that might remain the case and what might trigger a change in prices.”
The seminar, sponsored by Rabobank, is an excellent opportunity to ask questions directly to the experts in the field, hear the latest agronomy, market and variety information and catch up with farmers from across the region.
Over a period of 20 years, Yorke Peninsula farmers Ben (pictured) and Belinda Wundersitz have increased their cropping program by a massive 1200 per cent. It was partly a leap of faith, partly a necessity to remain viable that led to the expansion and along the way they have learned plenty about lease farming, branching into new cropping practices and taking an honest look at benchmarking to enable growth.
Ben will share some of his experiences with a first-hand insight into his farm business model as keynote guest speaker at our Getting The Crop In seminar in Clare on Wednesday, March 13.
A fifth-generation farmer from Maitland, Ben runs the property Anna Binna with wife Belinda, employing five full time staff and up to five casuals during peak seasons. The property spans from Price to Port Victoria and ranges from 280-millimetre rainfall to 500mm with a rotation focussed on high protein wheat, malt barley and lentils.
Ben attributes much of the business’s growth to the introduction of lentils into the rotation, especially in areas traditionally considered too dry for sustainable continuous cropping.
“We’ve been growing lentils for 20 years and they can be as much as a third of our program,” he said.
“We’re growing lentils in areas that people told us wasn’t possible, they said we’d go broke.
““But we can grow them earlier and earlier without getting smashed by frost – it’s a big part of the success of this crop but no one really realised back then.”
The Vine Church, Stradbrooke Road, Clare (northern end of the Clare Racecourse)
8am - 12:15pm
Getting The Crop In 2018 - program
Hart Field-Site Group’s (HSFG) annual Getting The Crop In seminar held in Clare last week attracted more than 100 farmers and industry representatives all keen for an insight into the latest grain variety and market information ahead of the 2018 sowing season. Read the full story...
GET ON THE ‘HUNT’ FOR NEW IDEAS AT HART’S 2018 GETTING THE CROP IN SEMINAR
An integrated whole-farm management approach, incorporating cropping and livestock enterprises, is paying dividends for Bordertown farmer Ben Hunt, who will share his experiences at the Getting the Crop In seminar in Clare on March 14.
Hosted by the Hart Field Site Group, the annual pre-seeding seminar brings together some of the country’s leading agronomy specialists and this year Ben will be the key-note farmer speaker.
Ben and wife Jules are working through the transition of running the family’s 1200-hectare farm following the recent retirement of Ben’s father Bill, and along with the challenges that in itself presents, they continue to look at ways they can “spread the risk between cropping and livestock”. Read the full story...
The Farmer Panel Q&A session is back!
GET READY FOR GETTING THE CROP IN 2018
It is hard to believe the sowing and growing season is almost here again, but the Hart Field-Site Group is presenting its annual Getting The Crop In seminar on Wednesday, March 14, to help growers prepare for the year ahead.
A free event sponsored by Rabobank Clare, Getting The Crop In brings together some of the country’s leading agronomy and marketing specialists, providing direct access to information and an opportunity to ask questions and get some answers pre-seeding. Read the full story...
Getting The Crop In was followed by GRDC's Farm Business Update in the afternoon.
Post event news...
Farmers armed with knowledge to tackle seeding 2017
The header may have only just gone back into the shed, but as we head into April and with Anzac Day less than a month away, it will signal the start of seeding for many. Growers keen to be up-to-date with the latest trial research results, commodity market trends and to get themselves in the seeding mindset, gathered in Clare on March 23 for the annual Getting the Crop In seminar. Sponsored by Rabobank, the free seminar attracted 135 participants, who were the first to get their hands on the 2016 Hart Trials Results book. In 2016, 30 trials across 2000 plots were hosted or conducted by the Hart Field-Site Group. Read more...
Yeelanna farmer to give insight into his sustainable farming approach at Getting The Crop In seminar
Yeelanna farmer Randall Wilksch (pictured below) will ‘open up’ his farm gates and give a personal insight into his experiences with controlled traffic, precision farming and women in agriculture, as guest farmer speaker at the Getting The Crop In seminar in Clare on 23 March. Randall farms a 3650 hectare property on the Lower Eyre Peninsula with wife Julie, brother Jordy and his wife Kylie, and parents Max and Julie, and will give a first-hand account of their farming enterprise... read the full story here.
Seeding seminar to help with Getting The Crop In for 2017
It may feel like harvest has only just wrapped up, and in what was a drawn out season for many it has, but seeding 2017 is just around the corner and the Hart Field-Site Group is set to bring you a truckload of information to help with some of the decision making that comes with it - everyone is welcome to the free event. Read the full story here.
Don't forget to book separately for the GRDC Farm Business Update for Growers to be held immediately after our event.
Getting The Crop In 2016 - program
We are grateful to our guest speakers for permission to upload their presentations:
Campbell Keene, Rabobank - 'Riding the wave of grain and pulse markets' (1.6MB)
Sarah Noack, Hart - 'Hart trials; key findings and update' (647KB)
Julia Hausler, Warracknabeal farmer - 'From theory to practice - mixing grain marketing knowledge with farming reality' (647KB)
Rob Wheeler, SARDI - 'Cereal variety update 2016' (1.9MB)
KEYNOTE GUEST SPEAKER
Our keynote guest speaker, Warracknabeal farmer Julia Hausler (pictured).
Julia farms in the Victorian wheatbelt with her husband Tim. She spent 10 years in the grain trading business and lectured in risk management before deciding to work in the farming business full time, and will be joining us to share her experience of "Mixing grain marketing knowledge with farming reality". Read more about Julia and get a sneak peek into her presentation here.
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Free cropping seminar in Clare to help farmers prepare for the 2016 growing season
The 2016 cropping season will get underway with a free half-day Getting the Crop In seminar hosted by the Hart Field-Site Group on March 16 in Clare, with a program of speakers providing the latest trends in marketing, grain variety and agronomy as well as first-hand accounts into their own farming operations. Read more...
Thanks to event sponsorship from Rabobank Clare, Getting The Crop In is presented free.
We are grateful to our guest speakers for permission to upload their presentations:
Sterling Liddell, Rabobank - 'The impact of changes in American agriculture on Australian growers' (1.2MB)
Sarah Noack, Hart - 'Hart trials; key findings and update' (529KB)
Malcolm Bartholomaeous, AvantAgri - 'What is the market telling us to sow?' (463KB)
Rob Wheeler, SARDI - 'Cereal variety update 2015' (1.4MB)
Seminar helps farmers prepare for seeding ahead of opening rains
With a line-up of international and state-wide speakers, the group left armed with the most up-to-date information and predictions on grain markets, grain varieties and detailed reports on how last year’s crops performed. Hart Field-Site Group chairman and Brinkworth farmer Justin Wundke says participants are now well-poised to tackle the coming growing season. Read more here.
In the media:
From the Stock Journal, Getting The Crop In seminar photo gallery: click here
From the Stock Journal, 'Seminar focuses on seeding preparation': click here
From ABC Radio Rural Report, Clint Jasper interviews Sterling Liddell, Rabobank and asks where the future growth in Australia's grains industry will come from (5min 14sec): click here
*this interview was not recorded at Getting The Crop In but covers many of the topics discussed in Mr Liddell's seminar presentation.
International speaker to headline cropping seminar in Clare
The Getting the Crop In seminar will help kick-start the 2015 cropping season, with international and South Australian experts providing the latest trends in market, grain variety and agronomy as well as first-hand accounts into their own farming operations. Read the full story here.
Exciting times for growers willing to think ‘outside the square’, according to EP farmer
If there was ever a time to think outside the square and ‘challenge the status quo’, it is now, according to Eyre Peninsula farmer Mark Modra (picutred above), who will speak at the Getting the Crop In seminar in Clare on March 11. With big things just around the corner for the future of farming, Mark says there will also be great opportunities for farmers willing to try something new. Read the full story here.
AGRONOMY TRIAL RESULTS LAUNCHED AT HART SEMINAR: Last year’s agronomy trial results were launched and explained by trials manager Sarah Noack as part of last week’s Hart Field-Site Group 2014 Getting the Crop In seminar that attracted about 140 farmers and industry representatives. Click here to read more
GET SET FOR 2014 WITH FREE FARMING SEMINAR: The 2014 cropping season is fast approaching and the Hart Field-Site Group is holding a free Getting The Crop In seminar to help farmers stay up to date with the latest information on varieties, grain markets, finance and research as well as a first hand look into one farmer’s innovative farming practices.... Click here to read more
NUFFIELD SCHOLAR TO GIVE INSIGHT INTO FARM OPERATIONS:
Soil moisture capacitance probes are not quite the crystal ball of cropping, but for New South Wales farmer Bruce Watson (pictured above) and the farming partnership he runs with his father and brother-in-law, they are certainly providing some valuable decision-making data.
Bruce, a Nuffield scholar, will be in Clare on Wednesday, March 12, to address delegates at the Hart Field-Site Group’s free Getting the Crop In seminar where he will give an insight into his farming operations as well as the challenges and solutions they have experienced first hand... Click here to read more
With another grain harvest completed and the next growing season imminent, about 170 graingrowers and agricultural industry representatives gathered at the Getting The Crop In seminar in Clare last week.
Hosted by the Hart Field-Site Group, and sponsored by Rabobank, the annual seminar gave guests the opportunity to hear from leading industry and farmer speakers about grain variety performance, the latest Hart Field-Site trials results, global market trends and harvest operation updates. Read more here...
GETTING THE CROP IN 2013 Program
GET A FREE HEADSTART TO THE GROWING SEASON (media release)
FARMING ON THE EDGE (media release)
With the new growing season fast approaching, graingrowers gathered in Clare for the Hart Field-Site Group’s Getting the Crop In seminar last Wednesday (March 14) to hear the latest information on agronomy, crop trial results, management and market information.
About 150 farmers and industry representatives attended the free event sponsored by Rabobank, which kicked off with a cooked breakfast.
David Jochinke, a dryland farmer from Murra Warra 30 kilometres north of Horsham, was the keynote speaker for the event.
Having recently returned from a tour of Sri Lanka and India as an Australian Rural Leadership participant...click here to read more.
GETTING THE CROP IN 2012 - full event details
GET UP TO DATE FOR THE GROWING SEASON (media release) - 24th February 2012
FARMING IN 20 YEARS - WHY YOU SHOULD STILL BE THERE (David Jochinke media release) - 24th February 2012
GROWERS CONVERGE FOR PRE-SEEDING SEMINAR (media release) - 15th March 2012
Another successful event (with the exception of a fire alarm and quick evacuation!) saw 110 people enjoy some thought provoking and informative speakers as well as the famous catering by staff at Rabobank Clare.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive about our local farmer speaker, Grant Pontifex, a definite highlight in what was a fantastic program.
A huge thank you to all our speakers for their valuable contributions!
The Getting The Crop In Seminar, held at The Valley's Lifestyle Centre, Clare on March 11th 2010 was a huge success, with 140 farmers, agronomists and agribusiness representatives attending. Our new format of a half day seminar, starting with a tasty cooked breakfast was very popular indeed. With the event being fully supported by Rabobank, we were able to offer this seminar free of charge. Bookings were essential!
Our program featured a quality list of guest speakers and topics, and an open discussion format facilitated by then Chairman Grant Roberts ensured ample opportunity for everyone to ask questions.
For program details, including guest speakers and topics, click here:
Reducing limitations to pulse production
Thursday, August 22, 2019
A part of the GRDC Southern Pulse Extension project
Hart Field Day
Tuesday September 17, 2019
9am - 3:30pm at Hart, SA
Spring Twilight Walk
Tuesday October 15, 2019
5pm, at Hart, SA
Getting The Crop In seminar
Wednesday March 11, 2020 (tbc)
Tuesday July 21, 2020
9am, at Hart, SA
Hart Field Day
Tuesday September 15, 2020
9am - 3:30pm at Hart, SA
Spring Twilight Walk
Tuesday October 20, 2020
5pm, at Hart, SA