Rather than waste the amazing talent we had booked, we made a podcast series! You can listen to interviews with three of our guest speakers (with hopefully a fourth to come), by clicking here: VIDEOS AND PODCASTS
As a 22-year-old, Glen Simpson (pictured) bought 240-hectares of land and was keen to move from the family farm and run his own property.
He knew what he wanted, but he had to work out a way to ‘grow’ his farming operation at Keith in the state’s South East, and quickly realised the cost of land and machinery would be his biggest inhibitor.
That is, until he embarked on a farming journey of building up his enterprise by offering contracting to other local farmers, and that remains a vital part of his successful farming business today.
Glen will be the farmer guest speaker at the free Getting the Crop In seminar on March 9 in Clare, where he will share an insight into how he runs his farm, how he has built it up, and also how he helped reinvigorate his local community by bringing jet boat racing to Keith. Read more here...
The 40th year of the Hart Field-Site Group officially kicks away on Wednesday, March 9, when it hosts the annual Getting the Crop In seminar to help prepare for the upcoming grain growing season.
A half-day program will be presented to farmers and industry representatives keen to hear about understanding soil carbon, the latest Hart trial results, grain marketing news and also some tips for managing the stresses of farming and life.
The always highly-anticipated farmer speaker will be Keith farmer Glen Simpson who will be there to throw open the gates of his farm and give an insight into his cropping operations, as well as his community involvement.
Hart chairman Andre Sabeeney (pictured) said Getting the Crop In continues to provide an excellent opportunity to prepare for the season ahead, ask questions direct to industry experts, share experiences with like-minded farmers and simply have a catch up over breakfast or a cuppa. Read more here...
Post event news...
HART HELPS FARMERS GET SET FOR SEEDING
Farmers were given a ‘toolbox’ of information ahead of the 2021 planting season, with the Hart Field-Site Group inviting them along to Clare last Wednesday for its free annual Getting The Crop In event.
The half-day program attracted a COVID-19 capacity crowd for the venue.
The always-anticipated farmer speaker was David ‘Seth’ Cooper of CC Cooper & Co who gave an insight into his family’s expansive farming operations which now span from its heartlands in Jamestown to Western Australia near the SA border and east into far western New South Wales. Read more...
We'd like to thank our guest speakers for making their presentations available to share with you online:
'Farming the expanse' with David 'Seth' Cooper
Visual presentation (13.7MB)
'Plant breeding; unlocking technology for the future' with Hayden Kuchel
Visual presentation - not available
'Attracting and retaining staff' with Carlyn Sherriff
'Hart research update' with Sarah Noack
'Hart research update' with Brianna Guidera
'Grain markets - how the events of 2020 affect the outlook for 2021' with Ben Harfield
We'd also like to thank our guest presenters for sharing their top tips for managing work / life balance.
Pre event news...
FARMING THE EXPANSE - GROWING THE FAMILY FARM
In a farming operation that spans 1600 kilometres across the country, from the far eastern reaches of the Western Australian border to outback New South Wales, there is nothing clearer to the secret of CC Cooper & Co success, and that is the people that help them run their rapidly expanding agricultural enterprise.
“Always aim to employ people that are more capable than yourself, particularly in specialised roles”.
That is the key, according to managing director David ‘Seth’ Cooper (pictured) who, along with brother Tom, oversees CC Cooper & Co’s six properties, across vastly different country, with up to 30 employees at any one time.
Seth will be the farmer guest speaker at the Hart Field-Site Group’s 2021 Getting the Crop In seminar in Clare on Wednesday, March 10, where he will give an insight into the CC Cooper & Co farming enterprise.
The company’s roots are in Jamestown, but have steadily grown since 2005 when the family purchased Wonga Station (Broken Hill), followed by Narrung on the Coorong in 2009-2012 and an additional purchase in 2019, Madura Plains (the second eastern most station in the south of Western Australia), Coorabie in 2019 (the second most western farm in South Australia), and Broughton Vale Station (at Little Topar, New South Wales) in 2020.
The steady expansion has been driven by a desire to balance and manage risk. Read the full story...
It will be a matter of ‘just add rain’ following the Hart Field-Site Group’s free Getting The Crop In seminar on Wednesday, March 10, in Clare, which aims to help growers head into the 2021 growing season fully-armed with the latest cropping information.
A half-day program will be presented to farmers and industry representatives keen to hear agronomy and crop trial updates, staffing tips, and plant breeding news.
Chairman Ryan Wood says the event is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the season ahead, ask questions direct to industry experts, share experiences with like-minded farmers and simply have a catch up over a coffee.
“We have a half-day program packed with timely information and updates,” he says.
“The Hart board is excited with the list of speakers on this year’s Getting The Crop In program and really looking forward to the return of some ‘normality’ heading into our 2021 events. Read the full story...
'Getting The Crop In' will be followed by a Roundup Ready® Canola Technologies accreditation course offered by Bayer.
Separate registration is required (clicking on the text below will take you straight to the registration page).
8am - 12:30pm
Influencers Church, Stradbrooke Road, Clare
Post event news
Long-established as an Australian leader in cropping trials and research, as well as providing information to growers and industry, Hart’s annual event continues to attract good crowds who were this year given an insight into cropping, marketing and risk management despite the ‘big dry’.
Hart chairperson Ryan Wood said it was fantastic to see a good turn-out for the event and thanked the Hart members for attending to hear a line-up of quality speakers provide the latest information to help set them up for the growing season ahead.
“Our Hart events, like this year’s Getting The Crop In seminar really do aim to provide a broad range of information for growers and industry,” he said.
“Even though we’ve experienced some very dry seasons leading up to 2020, the seminar program aimed to reflect that and provide information and data to enable growers to keep moving forward even in very challenging times.”
Pre event news
GLADIGAU TO THROW OPEN GATE GIVING HART ATTENDEES A SNEAK PEAK AT FARM OPERATIONS
Northern Mallee farmer John Gladigau will ‘open his farm gate’ to attendees of the Hart Getting The Crop In seminar in Clare on March 11, giving them an insight into his farming operations.
John and wife Bronwyn farm a 8500-hectare property at Loxton and Allawoona in a collaborative farming partnership between the Gladigau family and Robin and Rebecca Schaefer.
They are both established farming families in their own right; the Gladigau family has been farming in the district since 1956, while the Schaefers are one of Loxton’s pioneer families, farming since the early 1900s.
The enterprise, Bulla Burra, is a continuous cropping operation with a cereal / legume rotation, growing wheat, barley, oats, chickpeas, lentils, lupins and field peas in the 275-millimetre annual rainfall area.
In 2008 John was one of the founding partners of Collaborative Farming Australia, which provided the framework and guiding principles under which Bulla Burra operates, he is also a founding director of Farmers Mutual Limited (FML), a risk protection model created by farmers, for farmers.
“In 2009 we joined together with the Schaefers to create “Bulla Burra’, a collaborative family farm formed by the merging of two existing family farms, and the leasing / sharefarming of additional land to create the efficiencies and economies of scale we believed were needed for a more profitable and sustainable future,” John says.
Farmers are invited to head along to Clare on Wednesday, March 11, for the Hart Field-Site Group’s free Getting The Crop In half-day seminar for all the latest trial and market outlook information to set them up for the season ahead.
Kicking off at 8am with breakfast platters and coffee, the seminar will include the launch of Hart’s 2019 Trials Results book.
Hart regional intern Jade Rose and Agronomy Solutions research agronomist Sean Mason will speak about making fertiliser decisions on the back of a dry 2019 season.
They will give an insight into the use of soil and plant testing data for better nutrient management to optimise fertiliser investments for growers.
Hart’s new research and extension manager Rebekah Allen will update on the Hart 2019 variety trials, including highlights from the Trials Results book, available in hard copy on the day, or free online.
Keynote guest farmer speaker will be John Gladigau from Bulla Burra at Loxton and Allawoona, who will ‘open up his farm gate’ and talk about his farming operations, the impact of the drought, managing soil types and his recent Nuffield Scholar tour of the UK.
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: