What's the Hart Field Day all about?
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.
On-site catering available.
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Celebrating 40 years of Hart!
It was a milestone, 40 years of the Hart Field Day last Tuesday.
And with loads of nostalgia and plenty of optimism for a bountiful harvest, about 550 visitors gathered across the trial site to hear the very latest research and trials information, all based on a successful format that has truly stood the test of time.
Since its humble beginnings in 1982 on the property of the late Kevin Jaeschke who passed away earlier this year, the Hart Field Day – or Hart as it is affectionately known – has cemented itself as one of the leading agronomy field days in the country.
Hart planted the seed for a number of similar events that have since formed across Australia, and the success of the 2022 Hart Field Day showed it remains relevant to growers still today.
Hart Field-Site Group chair Andre Sabeeney said a highlight of the field day was hearing attendees reflect on the changes in agriculture over the past four decades, and the chance to look over some of the historical trials still going at the site today.
“There were a number of nostalgic conversations especially when attendees could look over some of the older crop varieties, and it was just fantastic to see the smiles on their faces as they wandered through,” he said. Read the full story
Head loss remains one of the top three traits barley researchers and breeders would like to see a genetic solution for, but in the meantime, there are a number of factors growers can consider to reduce the risk.
That’s the word from University of Adelaide associate professor Matthew Tucker (pictured) who will be presenting as part of the Hart Field Day rolling program on Tuesday, September 20.
Matthew and his team, in collaboration with Dr Kenton Porker at FAR (Field Applied Research) Australia and Dr Rhiannon Schilling at SARDI, have been undertaking eight South Australian Grains Industry Trust-funded field trials across South Australia, focussed on head loss in barley.
Their findings show that cultivar (variety) choice, historical observations and harvest-time factors, including the fire danger index, all provide useful indicators about the risk of head loss. Read the full story
It is hard to imagine a group initiated four decades ago with the idea of advancing agronomy research in the field and hosting an event to share the findings, could be still relevant today.
But that is exactly the case for the Hart Field-Site Group – Hart as it has become affectionately known – which this year celebrates its 40th year.
Hart has cemented itself as one of the leading agronomy field days in the country, has been the inspiration for many other now well-known groups who have modelled themselves on its successful formula, and remains relevant and important to growers and agriculture as a whole.
It was from humble beginnings in 1982 on the property of Kevin Jaeschke and his son Michael that Hart was born.
Kevin passed away earlier this year, but much of the success of the Hart group and its annual field day and associated events was a result of his infectious passion for advancing agriculture in the Mid North. Read the full story
In its milestone 40th year, the Hart Field Day returns on Tuesday, September 20, with a huge program showing exactly why it has cemented itself as the leading agronomy field day in Australia over four decades.
An extensive rolling program, with leading researchers and industry professionals will give visitors an insight into the latest trials research and results all right there, in the field.
Lunchtime speakers will be Dr Allan Mayfield and Dr Andy Barr looking back over the 40 year evolution of the Hart Field-Site Group and key game changers in agriculture, taking us back to the very roots of Hart and its beginnings.
Hart’s first ever trial undertaken in 1982, focussed on herbicide tolerances to medic pastures. These herbicide tolerance trials have remained on the program ever since, and will feature as a highlight of the 2022 event, having now grown to include up to 50 herbicides and 17 varieties across 11 crop types. Read the full story
PUTTING THE 'HART' BACK IN STATE'S PREMIER CROPPING EVENT
After a virtual hiatus in 2020, the Hart Field Day bounced back this week, with the gates thrown open on the trial site, and farmers and industry flocking back to the state’s premier cropping event.
About 500 attendees listened in on 19 rolling sessions throughout the day, spread across the 40-hectare trial site, which was looking picture perfect.
Hart chairman Ryan Wood said it was pleasing to see visitors back on the site, and the return of the event to almost-pre-Covid format, had been well-received by attendees.
“It was very rewarding to see people back at the field-site, eager to see how the trials are progressing and equally keen to hear from the experts in the field across a range on agronomy areas,” he said.
“After last year having to scale back the event to only a minimal crowd on-site and offer the presentations online, it was very pleasing to see the support return to our annual field day.
“Our committee had numerous comments from participants who returned to the event this year, all complimentary of the return of our ‘normal’ field day format and I think it really drove home for us that we remain one of the country’s leading agronomy events, providing topical and relevant information for our growers.” Read more...
GATES OPEN FOR HART FIELD DAY RETURN
It will be ‘business as usual’ at the Hart Field Day on Tuesday, September 21, with the state’s premier cropping field-site opening its gates to growers keen to see how the site’s trials are progressing and hear the latest research and trials news.
Following a hiatus from face-to-face field day presentations in 2020, Hart chairman Ryan Wood (pictured) says the group is looking forward to again be presenting its highly-anticipated annual event, with some small adjustments to accommodate ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
“We’re excited and optimistic to be able to welcome visitors back to the Hart Field Day again in 2021,” he said.
“In regards to COVID, we’re realistic enough to know that if the situation escalates in South Australia, we may have to make a different decision, but for now, we’re working hard to deliver a safe event.
“We have planned a program of 20 sessions presented by 30 specialist guest speakers who will cover a broad range of topics, so growers and advisors will receive the excellent value they’ve come to expect from Hart.”
Read the full story...
REALITY vs RISK IN WHEAT HEADING CONTROLS
Better understanding of wheat variety limits and seasonal wheat head emergence and flowering controls can assist growers in making valuable seeding decisions.
That’s the message from LongReach Plant Breeders technical development manager Colin Edmondson (pictured) who will be at the Hart Field Day on Tuesday, September 21, to help break down the theory.
“Every season is different and we need clear ‘gut feel’ strategies on seeding time for different types of breaks so we can manage the risk on-farm to a level we are comfortable with,” Colin said.
“While we have no idea what the speed of the season will be after establishing varieties, we can clearly identify risks we don’t want to take at seeding, because they put all our eggs in one basket.”
Colin will take growers through the genes that control wheat heading time, and how heading time is measured.
Read the full story...
STAYING AHEAD OF HERBICIDE RESISTANCE
At a time when there has never been a greater choice of herbicide technology to fight weeds, herbicide resistance in ryegrass in canola is providing an ever-present challenge to farmers to keep on top of.
Fortunately for growers heading along to the Hart Field Day on Tuesday, September 21, Dr Peter Boutsalis from The University of Adelaide’s Herbicide Resistance Group and Plant Science Consulting will be on hand to share the latest observations on herbicide resistance.
“I’ll be there sharing what we know about the current herbicide resistance levels in ryegrass from GRDC random weed spraying and my private resistance testing,” he said.
“There will be information on differences in expression of glyphosate resistance in weeds based on growth stage, how increasing rates can improve control if resistance is at an early level, also, using reputable glyphosate products.
“The session will also cover how mixes with atrazine can be antagonistic, mixes with clethodim that are additive or synergistic, how glyphosate activity is reduced under warm conditions, and how water stressed plants are less affected.
Read the full story...
An open letter from Hart
This event will comply with current SA Government COVID-19 directives.
Please bring a mask - it will be required as you enter, inside marquees and at field sessions with larger numbers.
To find out more about the new ways we delivered research at Hart in 2020, click on each of the images below or just keep scrolling.
Our mini-event sessions were all filmed. They're available on our VIDEOS & PODCASTS page and on our YouTube channel for free.
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While the traditional Hart Field Day didn't happen in 2020, we still had a full program of trials and the Hart Field Day Guide provides trial layouts and supporting articles, additional articles and more from the Hart team.
Our 2020 Hart Field Day Guide is available to download FREE, either in full, or by individual article.
You'll find it here ► 2020 HART FIELD DAY GUIDE
We had plenty of bookings from farmer / industry groups who took the opportunity to tour the Hart field site in 2020 (in line with COVID public gathering restrictions).
We had QR codes signposted at every trial - a simple scan on a phone or tablet saw the relevant trial reports and layouts pop straight up.
A Hart Field Day mini-event with a focus on new varieties and strategies to manage variety selection
October 20, 2020
A Hart Field Day mini-event with a focus on weed management strategies
September 15, 2020
“There is little doubt that 2020 is a year like no other, and this year’s program will follow suit but in what we think will be a really positive way.
For the first time in 39 years we’ve had to significantly alter the way we deliver the Hart Field Day, but what it has done is open up endless possibilities in our delivery that we think will actually provide even greater access to the vital information being generated on our field-site.”
Ryan Wood, Hart chairman
Exciting new format for Hart in 2020
The challenges being presented by COVID-19 in 2020, have opened the gate for some exciting new formats for the Hart Field-Site Group, who will this year present an extended program providing greater farmer access to its trial site and information in place of the traditional Hart Field Day.
Instead of a one-day field day program, the Hart board has been working hard to find new ways to deliver its event that will mean everyone can still access the full range of trial, variety and application information.
While some limited mini-sessions are expected to be offered, the group also hope to open the trial site by appointment with trial maps and other resources available to support small group tours or individuals.
In addition, plans are well-afoot to provide researcher and industry specialist presentations through an online catalogue, enabling access for farmers from any location at any time.
Hart chair Ryan Wood (pictured) said it was an exciting time for the group.
“From all the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, this is certainly a silver lining for us in providing the opportunity to really ‘up our game’ in continuing our role as one of Australia’s leading trial sites,” he said.
Read the full story here.
HART FIELD DAY SUCCES SHOWS WHY IT IS THE STATE'S PREMIER CROPPING EVENT
All roads in the Mid North seemed to lead to the Hart Field Day last Tuesday, September 17, as the Hart Field-Site Group’s annual event got under way.
Organisers were thrilled to welcome more than 650 visitors through the gate, all keen to see how the field trials were progressing for 2019. Read more...
What was on offer...
PEST AND DISEASE SURVEILLANCE UNIT TO BE LAUNCHED AT HART FIELD DAY
A new cutting edge, mobile pest and disease trapping and monitoring surveillance unit will be launched at the Hart Field Day on Tuesday, September 17.
Visitors to the Hart Field Day will be the first to see the unit in action as it begins its inaugural trial at the Hart Field-Site Group cropping trial site throughout spring.
South Australian Research and Development Institute researcher Dr Rohan Kimber said the Sentinel would provide fast-tracked, regional pest information and was the first step in developing a system that would eventually provide vital information directly to growers and consultants.
“The iMapPESTS Sentinel is the first big step change to the way information can help pest and disease management, eventually this information will be able to be visualised to growers and consultants via a web interface and deliver real-time, actionable information to growers.”
Read the full story.
LIFTING THE MOROTORIUM ON GM CANOLA AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR SA GROWERS
With the recent State Government decision to lift the Genetically Modified Food Crops Moratorium on mainland South Australia, and a six-week consultation currently under way, the Hart Field Day comes at a perfect time for local graingrowers thinking ahead to next planting season.
Among the 22 rolling sessions planned for the field day on Tuesday, September 17, agronomist Simon Mock will share his experience with genetically modified crops in Victoria, and research agronomist Andrew Ware will share his knowledge of canola varieties.
Simon, from Clovercrest Consulting based at Horsham, Victoria, says South Australian growers are in an advantageous position, with an opportunity to “learn from some of the mistakes and challenges of other states”.
With clients spread across the West Wimmera district of Victoria (as well as the Upper South East of SA), Simon has seen the impact of GM crops in a medium rainfall zone for the past decade.
“I’ve experienced over that time the advantages and disadvantages of growing genetically modified canola and how it fits into farming systems, and also where it has a value over other canola crops," he says.
“The uptake of GM canola hasn’t been as rapid as I thought it may have been when it first became an option in our region."
Read the full story.
BUILDING TRUST IN THE AUSTRALIAN GRAINS INDUSTRY, WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY
Building community trust in the Australian grains industry is one of the key issues facing the sector, and everyone involved in agriculture has a role to play.
That is the word from strategic communication specialist and Churchill fellow Deanna Lush, co-founder and director of AgCommunicators, who will headline the Hart Field Day lunchtime address on Tuesday, September 17.
Deanna is passionate about the future of Australian agriculture, and her Churchill Fellowship study tour of the United Kingdom, United States and Canada has cemented her strong advocacy for building trust in agriculture so farmers can have freedom to operate in the future.
“There has to be an awareness of the need to build community trust, but also an awareness of the risk we face if we don’t plan ahead and be proactive about this,” she said.
“We have to demonstrate that we care about the issues that are important to our community and that we are committed to transparency, sustainability and continuous improvements in all aspects of our farming systems.
Read the full story.
HART FIELD DAY JUST AROUND THE CORNER
The gates will be thrown open at the Hart Field Site on Tuesday, September 17, as the annual Hart Field Day gets under way, giving farmers an opportunity to see and hear first-hand the most up-to-date information on agronomy trials and check in on how the season is progressing.
The Hart Field Day has cemented itself as one of the country’s leading agronomy events, and Hart chairman Ryan Wood says this year’s program featuring 22 rolling sessions promises something for everyone on the cropping front.
“After a dry start, the rainfall has showed up at the right time to allow the Hart field trials to perform really well and will be looking fantastic for the field day,” he said.
“This year’s program features some must-see sessions from industry leaders and speakers on a wide range of topics, including discussion on the lifting of the moratorium of GM (genetically modified) food crops in South Australia and what it means for next season’s canola variety choice,” he said.
Read the full story.
The wrap up...
FIELD DAY REMAINS THE 'HART' OF FARMING
It seemed all roads in the Mid North and beyond were leading to the Hart Field Day on September 18 where almost 650 people attended the annual event to hear up-to-date crop growing and research information.
A last minute inclusion in the program providing information on managing crops after frost proved particularly popular, highlighting just how many growers have reached decision-making time on frost-affected crops this season.
Hart Field-Site Group chairman Damien Sommerville said he was thrilled with a big crowd throughout the day, and said the late inclusion of the frost session demonstrated the flexibility of the Hart program and the event’s focus on providing relevant information to growers. Read more...
What was on offer?
10:30am - 12:30pm
Morning field sessions
12:30pm - 1:30pm
includes address by special guest speaker: Dr Rohan Rainbow, Crop Protection Australia
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Afternoon field sessions
Bar facilities open
Full program details:
Hart Field Day 2018 - Sessions & speakers
Hart Field Day 2018 - Program
Hart Field Day 2018 - Site map
SOCIAL LICENCE THE KEY TO GOLD AT THE END OF THE FARMING TECHNOLOGY RAINBOW
Exciting developments in farming technology are continually evolving and it is good news for local farmers, as long as growers can gain social acceptance of the changes in the broader community.
That’s the word from Crop Protection Australia managing director and consultant Dr Rohan Rainbow who is busily working behind the scenes in Canberra to support industry in developing policy to enable this social licence and ultimately to “help farmers sleep at night”.
Rohan will be the key-note lunch time presenter at this year’s Hart Field Day on Tuesday, September 18. Read more...
HAY THERE, IT'S HART FIELD DAY TIME
Australia’s drought and dry seasonal conditions in 2018 atop of export demand from China may have many farmers looking to increase their oat acreage next year.
For those who are, the Hart Field Day on Tuesday, September 18, is bringing to its program Western Australian research officer Georgie Troup from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), and long-time Hart presenter, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) principle oat breeder Pamela Zwer.
Georgie will focus on oaten hay agronomy, addressing time of sowing and variety selection and her research into improving hay yield and quality.
Pamela will speak about the SARDI oat breeding program, as well as give an insight into two new varieties – being trialled at the Hart Field-Site – to be launched next year, ready for the 2020 growing season.
“Two new oat varieties are set to be launched in Spring 2019, and the Hart Field Day is a great opportunity to see them sown into a demo trial,” she said. Read more...
HART FIELD DAY READY TO ROLL FOR 2018
With footy finals upon us and spring just around the corner, the countdown is on for the 2018 Hart Field Day to be held on Tuesday, September 18, at the Hart Field-Site between Blyth and Brinkworth.
The Hart team has been working hard behind the scenes to pull together another huge line-up of informative and practical agronomy speakers and displays for this year’s event. Read more...
The wrap up...
FIELD DAY REMAINS AT THE 'HART' OF AGRICULTURE
The 35th annual Hart Field once again cemented itself as one of the top agronomy field days in the country, with about 650 farmers and industry professionals attending to inspect the trial site and hear the latest in cropping research and extension last Tuesday. Read the full story.
Our 2017 keynote guest speaker, Ken Solly, has generously 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.
What was on offer...
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ONLINE REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR 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...
DON'T FORGET TO FERTILISE THE 'TOP PADDOCK'
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? Read more...
CROP ROTATION AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT YOU GROW EACH YEAR
When it comes to making cropping decisions, rotation should be up there with crop choices according to Canadian plant pathology researcher Dr Kelly Turkington. Read more...
TOP TIPS FOR EARLY SOWN CANOLA AT HART FIELD DAY
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 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. Read more...
TOP TIPS FOR LONG TERM MANAGEMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY, PROFIT & SOIL PROTECTION
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. Read more...
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...
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...
The wrap up...
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.
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.
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.
The wrap up...
HART FIELD DAY BLOOMS IN BUMPER SEASON
The wrap up......
'BIG CROWD FOR 30TH ANNUAL HART FIELD DAY'
Thursday, 22nd September 2011
Tuesday, 21st September 2010.
Take a look at the 2009 program here: