Best ag in­no­va­tors recog­nised at grains in­dus­try gala night

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

GOONDI­WINDI agri-busi­ness con­sul­tant Jerome Leray has taken out the In­no­va­tion in Ag award at the Queens­land Grains Gala Din­ner for his ground­break­ing weed tar­get­ing tech­nol­ogy.

AgForce Grains Pres­i­dent Wayne New­ton said Mr Leray’s busi­ness InFarm was at the forefront of her­bi­cide tech­nol­ogy and he was a de­serv­ing win­ner of the award.

“Mr Leray’s drone-to-trac­tor tech­nol­ogy de­fines the zones that need to be sprayed, sav­ing pro­duc­ers up to 80% on their fal­low weed her­bi­cide bill and turn­ing their ev­ery­day trac­tor into a weed-tar­get­ing ma­chine,” he said.

“Thanks to this tech­nol­ogy, pro­duc­ers are sav­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars a year on her­bi­cide costs.

“This is a great in­no­va­tion be­cause the pro­ducer does not need to do any­thing dif­fer­ent apart from plug­ging in a USB, abol­ish­ing the need to buy ex­pen­sive spot spray­ing equip­ment.”

Mr New­ton said it was fit­ting to be cel­e­brat­ing in­no­va­tion in agriculture in Goondi­windi where so many crop­ping in­no­va­tions were born.

“From 50-me­tre booms to early-con­trolled traf­fic sys­tems, many good ideas came to fruition around Goondi­windi, and we wanted to en­sure the Queens­land Grains Gala Din­ner ac­knowl­edged and cel­e­brated that,” he said.

“Mr Leray won the award be­cause the mea­sur­able out­come for the grain in­dus­try are two-fold; chem­i­cal sav­ings for the farmer and a re­duc­tion in en­vi­ron­men­tal chem­i­cal im­pacts.”

This year’s Ser­vice to the Grains In­dus­try award was pre­sented to Michael Cas­tor from MCA Con­sul­tants at the gala night.

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