Hart Field Day

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Our main Field Day held in September each year attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the Mid North, South Australia and interstate.  With a rolling program of half hour sessions conducted simultaneously throughout the day, highly regarded specialists speak at each trial, backed up by a comprehensive take-home Field Day Book included in your entry fee.  Tailor your own program for the day to hear about the trials that most interest you.

In addition to our extensive trials, our Field Day also features a marquee of cropping and agribusiness related displays and a lunch and refreshments marquee.

Plenty of parking; buses and group bookings welcome.  Credit card facilities available (not applicable for food and drink purchases).

Hart, where good farmers gather
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Hart - where good farmers gather 
 


2017 HART FIELD DAY
September 19


We'll be sharing our post event wrap up soon.

Ken Solly presenting at the 2017 Hart Field Day
In the meantime our keynote guest speaker, Ken Solly, has generally offered to share the notes from his lunch time presentation 'Don't forget to fertilise the top paddock.'
There is some really valuable info in there. It's in a very easy to read format and could be a really useful conversation starter at your next farm meeting.
It's permanently available on our HEALTHY FARMERS page too.

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2017 Hart Field Day program highlights

All sessions and speakers, site map and full program

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Hart Field Day 2017 - sessions and speakers   Hart Field Day 2017 - site map

2017 Hart Field Day program


Damien Sommerville, Hart Chairman 2017
ONLINE REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR HART FIELD DAY
(Photo above: Hart Chairman Damien Sommerville at last year's Hart Field Day)

Avoid the morning queue and fast track your way in by registering online now for the annual Hart Field Day on Tuesday, September 19.

A huge program has been put together for this year’s event at the state’s premier cropping field site, with 21 rolling sessions being presented by leading researchers, agronomists and experts. Read more...

Ken Solly, guest presenter at the 2017 Hart Field Day
DON'T FORGET TO FERTILISE THE 'TOP PADDOCK'
(Photo above: Ken Solly, lunchtime speaker at the Hart Field Day on September 19, uses a cup to demonstrate how only a small change in position is required to be able to see what the other party sees.)

So the farm plan is done, everything is set for the year ahead … but have you remembered to ‘fertilise the top paddock’, make some decisions to ensure you have a good life to go with a ‘good’ farm?

Maybe it is easy to disregard this, put it on the “I’ll do it later” list, but planning to nurture yourself and your family are key to choosing a good life and ‘growing yourself’ to cope with whatever it throws at you.

Leading business consultant Ken Solly, Solly Business Services will be the key lunchtime speaker at the Hart Field Day on September 19. Read more...

Kelly Turkington, guest presenter at the 2017 Hart Field Day
CROP ROTATION AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT YOU GROW EACH YEAR
(Photo above: Dr Kelly Turkington, Agriculture & Agri-Food, Canada)

When it comes to making cropping decisions, rotation should be up there with crop choices according to Canadian plant pathology researcher Dr Kelly Turkington who will present at the Hart Field Day on September 19.

“My take home message will be for farmers to recognise the inherent riskiness of short rotations, and understand the issues they face so that they can implement the most effective strategies for crop and pest management,” Dr Turkington said.

“I will emphasise the role of rotations, but then outline some implications and options related to disease management when rotational intervals are short.”

In his presentation at Hart, Dr Turkington will give an insight into the Canadian research experience and says that being proactive rather than reactive is critical for sustainable crop and disease management....

Read the whole story to find out what one of Kelly's Dad's best mates said to him when he was a young graduate at the University of Saskatchewan in the mid 1980’s, that shaped the way he thinks about research and works with growers.

John Kirkegaard, guest presenter at the 2017 Hart Field Day
TOP TIPS FOR EARLY SOWN CANOLA AT HART FIELD DAY
(Photo: Dr John Kirkegaard, CSIRO)

Farm productivity can benefit from early sowing of canola if clear management guidelines are followed, according to CSIRO chief research scientist Dr John Kirkegaard who will present at the Hart Field Day on September 19.

Dr Kirkegaard from CSIRO Agriculture and Food says advantages to whole farm productivity from canola sown around mid-April (in South Australia) are among the initial findings of the GRDC Optimised Canola Profitability Project, which includes a trial at the Hart Field-Site.

During his presentations at the Hart Field Day, Dr Kirkegaard will address 10 tips for success of early-sown canola that have emerged from the canola project being undertaken across nine regions of Australia. Read more...

Roger Armstrong, guest presenter at the 2017 Hart Field Day
TOP TIPS FOR LONG TERM MANAGEMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY, PROFIT & SOIL PROTECTION
(Photo: Prof Roger Armstrong, Agriculture Victoria)

While crop production on cracking clay soils can be relatively resilient to agronomic management changes such as rotations and tillage in the short term, decisions made now can have a major impact on productivity, profitability and soil resources in the long term.

That is one of the key messages from Agriculture Victoria Research senior scientist Professor Roger Armstrong who will present at the Hart Field Day on Tuesday, September 19.

Prof Armstrong’s long-term trials in Victoria’s Wimmera have shown the significant impact crop management decisions can have on productivity, profitability and the soil resource, particularly 10-20 years down the track. Read more...

 


2016 HART FIELD DAY
September 20

Hart Field Day 2016 Simon Bryant at the Hart Field Day 2016 Hart Field Day 2016

2016 HART FIELD DAY

The wrap up...

Wet and muddy sensational 2016 Hart Field Day
It was wet, it was muddy and it was blooming sensational – that was this year’s Hart Field Day. With a fantastic start to Spring, not even early rain and a boggy track could dampen the spirits of 600 farmers and industry representatives who went along to the State’s leading agronomy field day last Tuesday. Hart Field-Site Group chairman Damien Sommerville said there was undoubtedly an air of optimism in the crowd. Read more...

Recipes shared by Simon Bryant at his 'Eat What You Grow' cooking demonstration can be found on our FARMER HEALTH page. Plus you can find lots more to try on his website Dirt(y) Inc.

What was on offer:
2016 HART FIELD DAY PROGRAM
2016 HART FIELD DAY SITE MAP
2016 HART FIELD DAY SPEAKERS LIST

Hart, giving pulses the big tick

In the media pre-event:
Pulses gain ‘faba’ with researchers and growers
With the Hart Field Day set to kick off next week, and with pulse production in Australia and Canada continuing to grow, there is plenty to collaborate on in terms of research.
That is the word from Clare-based South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) research scientist Larn McMurray and his PhD mentor, Professor Bert Vandenberg from Canada’s University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Read more...

Simon Bryant to share his passion for pulses at Hart
Chef and author Simon Bryant will share his passion for pulses at the Hart Field Day on Tuesday, 20 September, with a cooking demonstration showing how to Eat What You Grow from 11am-midday, followed by a lunch time address. Simon says he is looking forward to getting out to the grass roots, chatting with growers and sharing his love of cooking with pulses. Read more...

A big ‘tick’ for pulses at 2016 Hart Field Day
The United Nations’ International Year of Pulses will be celebrated at the Hart Field Day on Tuesday, 20 September. Along with the traditional broadacre agronomy focus of the day, pulses will feature with keynote speaker, Pulse Australia chairman Peter Wilson, international guest, Canadian pulse researcher Professor Bert Vandenberg, and well-known chef and author Simon Bryant showing us how to ‘Eat What You Grow’ from 11am-midday. Read more...


2015 HART FIELD DAY
September 15

Hart Field Day 2015 

2015 HART FIELD DAY

The wrap up...

AUDIO FILES
Our 2015 Hart Field Day Barley Variety session with Dr Jason Eglinton was recorded. You can listen to the audio file (mp3) by using these links:
Barley varieties - Dr Jason Eglinton, Barley Program Leader, University of Adelaide
Presentation (2.3MB) *the into to this session is quite muffled but only goes for a few seconds so please keep listening past that, the audio quality is fine once Jason begins his presentation.
Question time (1.6MB)

BIG CROWD SHOWS WHY HART FIELD DAY IS SA'S PREMIER CROPPING FIELD DAY
Favourable conditions and a positive outlook going into the tail end of the growing season buoyed numbers at the annual Hart Field Day last Tuesday (15 September), with almost 700 people attending the State’s premier cropping field day. Read the full story here

PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF AGRICULTURE; WHAT INFLUENCES CONSUMER CHOICE - read the full address from our keynote lunch time guest speaker, Dr Heather Bray, Senior Research Associate, University of Adelaide.

What was on offer...
2015 HART FIELD DAY PROGRAM
2015 HART FIELD DAY SITE MAP
2015 HART FIELD DAY SPEAKERS LIST

In the media pre-event:
SHARED VALUES THE KEY TO BETTER FARMER AND CONSUMER RELATIONSHIP SAYS HART SPEAKER
The key to breaking down barriers between farmers and consumers is not in education, but in opening up discussions and focussing on shared values, according to science communicator and senior research associate Dr Heather Bray... read more.

CANOLA SEED SIZE POTENTIALLY THE KEY TO BETTER GRAIN YIELDS, ACCORDING TO HART FIELD DAY SPEAKER
Canola trials are showing that seed size can impact crop establishment rates, early vigour and potentially grain yields according to Hart Field Day presenter, agronomist Rohan Brill... read more.

HART GEARING UP FOR BIG 2015 FIELD DAY

The Hart Field Day, South Australia’s premier cropping field day event, is all set to kick off on Tuesday, September 15, with a big program of 20 rolling half-hour sessions on offer... read more.



2014 HART FIELD DAY

The wrap up...
HART FIELD DAY DRAWS A BUMPER CROWD
MICHAEL JAESCHKE - 31 YEARS OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE AT HART

What was on offer...
2014 HART FIELD DAY PROGRAM
2014 HART FIELD DAY SITE MAP
2014 HART FIELD DAY SPEAKERS LIST

In the media:
HEAR ABOUT THE REALITY OF ROBOICS AT HART FIELD DAY
LEGUME V's SYNTHETIC NITROGEN, TOP RESEARCHER GIVES INSIGHT AT HART
HART GIVES NEW PERSPECTIVE ON FARMING

Channel 7 News Adelaide - story on robotics and UAV's (shot at the Hart Field Day)

ABC Country Hour - podcast of the live broadcast from Hart

 


2013 HART FIELD DAY

The wrap up...
HART FIELD DAY BLOOMS IN BUMPER SEASON

What was on offer...
2013 HART FIELD DAY PROGRAM
2013 HART FIELD DAY SITE MAP
2013 HART FIELD DAY SPEAKERS LIST

In the media:
FARMING WITH A BROWN MANURE CROP ROTATION CAN BE PROFITABLE
HART FIELD DAY HERE AGAIN
SOUTH AUSSIE FARMERS NEED TO THINK GLOBALLY

 


2012 HART FIELD DAY

The wrap up......
'BIG CROWD FOR 30TH ANNUAL HART FIELD DAY'

What was on offer....
HART FIELD DAY PROGRAM
HART FIELD DAY SPEAKERS & SESSIONS LIST
HART FIELD DAY SITE MAP

 


2011 Hart Field Day

Thursday, 22nd September 2011

2011 Hart Field Day program
2011 Hart Field Day speakers
2011 Hart Field Day site map
Trials and speakers preview
Lunch time special guest speaker Andy Barr

  



2010 Hart Field Day

Tuesday, 21st September 2010.

See more photos here....

Hart Field Day 2010     Hart Field Day 2010     Barley agronomy at the Hart Field Day 2010


2010 Hart Field Day Program
2010 Hart Field Day Site Map
Press Releases


2009 Hart Field Day

Take a look at the 2009 program here:

2009 HART Field Day program
2009 HART Trials Layout map

DIARY DATES


2017

Hart Field Day
Tuesday 19 Sep 2017
9am - 3:30pm at Hart, SA

Spring Twilight Walk
Tuesday 17 Oct 2017
5pm, at Hart, SA

2018

Getting The Crop In seminar
Wednesday 14 March 2018 (tbc)

Winter Walk
Tuesday 17 July 2018
9am, Hart site, Hart, SA

Hart Field Day
Tuesday 18 Sep 2018
9am - 3:30pm at Hart, SA

Spring Twilight Walk
Tuesday 16 Oct 2018
5pm, at Hart, SA

 

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