Ag sci­ence to fea­ture in tour next month

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL LIFE -

AUS­TRALIAN farm­ers will soon get the op­por­tu­nity to see what the South Bur­nett and neigh­bour­ing re­gions have to of­fer in terms of farm­ing tech­nol­ogy.

The Bur­nett Mary Re­gional Group is run­ning a two-day bus tour for crop­pers and peo­ple work­ing in the grain grow­ing in­dus­try in March this year.

Tour or­gan­iser Michelle Haase said the two-and-a-half-day tour would start in Bund­aberg and head through Kin­garoy, Kumbia, the Bunya Moun­tains, Oakey and Jim­bour.

She said it would ex­plore the use of smart tech­nol­ogy in agri­cul­ture, de­ci­sion mak­ing pro­cesses and putting pre­ces­sion agri­cul­ture into prac­tice.

“We are head­ing to the Bunya Moun­tains for our first night ac­com­mo­da­tion via a pro­ject at Kumbia, that has run a trial to re­store car­bon in crop­ping land,” Ms Haase said.

“We’re hop­ing to stop at the QDAF Kin­garoy Re­search Sta­tion where we are go­ing to learn about the ben­e­fit of deep place­ment fer­tiliser, which in­creases the up­take of the fer­tiliser of the plant and the losses of fer­tiliser into the at­mos­phere, thereby in the­ory re­duc­ing emis­sions.

“Then we are head­ing down to Jim­bour, where we are meet­ing with a farmer who has im­ple­mented a whole range of pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture prac­tices.”

The tour then heads to Oakey, be­fore re­turn­ing to Jim­bour for the Pre­ci­sion Ag Field Day.

Ms Haase said a high­light of the field day would be a live demon­stra­tion of Swar­mFarm Ro­botic tech­nol­ogy by founder Andrew Bate.

“The tour is for farm­ers, crop­pers, farm­ers in hor­ti­cul­tural in­ter­ested in tech­nol­ogy and pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture,” she said.

Bur­nett Mary Re­gional Group Sheila Charlesworth said the tour of­fered value to lo­cal grow­ers.

The tour be­gins on March 13 and costs $75 per per­son, in­clud­ing all meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact BMRG on 4181 2999.

The tour is for farm­ers, crop­pers, farm­ers in hor­ti­cul­tural in­ter­ested in tech­nol­ogy and pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture. — Tour or­gan­iser Michelle Haase

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