No slowing down for Mallee Machinery Field Days

A wide range of timely information for grain and livestock farmers will be a cornerstone of the Agriculture Victoria site at the Mallee Machinery Field Days at Speed.

Agriculture Victoria’s Land Management Extension Officer Heather Drendel said this was a wonderful opportunity for farmers to speak to Agriculture Victoria staff at one site.

“We are at mid growing season for most crops and there will be challenges arising that farmers can come to talk to us about,” Ms Drendel said.

Agriculture Victoria’s “Crop Doctor”, Luise Sigel, will be attending the event again in 2017 and will speak on cereal and pulse foliar diseases and why they need to be managed.

Agriculture Victoria veterinary and animal health officers will also be on site to assist farmers with any animal health issues.

“Farmers will not only have the opportunity to hear presentations as part of the popular “Tin Shed Talks” seminar but are also welcome to simply talk to our researchers about the issues they are concerned about,” Ms Drendel said.

Ms Drendel said they had deliberately chosen a range of speakers and topics plus researchers and extension officers to appeal to a diverse group of field day patrons.

2017’s speaking programme includes:

  • Luise Sigel – crop diseases
  • Dale Boyd – soil moisture levels
  • Veronica Campbell – how Agriculture Victoria is able to assist on animal health issues
  • Anna Lalusis-Derks – ovine brucellosis
  • Jessica Hartland – bee biosecurity
  • Garry Armstrong – electronic sheep tags.

There will also be an up to date pre-recorded session from Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria Season Risk Agronomist, who will give his unique take on most farmers’ favourite discussion point – the weather.

Ms Drendel said Agriculture Victoria always had a big presence at the Mallee Machinery Field Days and 2017 would be no different.

Agriculture Victoria’s marquee and Tin Shed Talks will be at sites 130 just inside the main entry gates at the Mallee Machinery Field Days at Speed on August 2 and 3, 2017.

More information on the Field Days is available from Heather Drendel on 03 5083 2205.

Source: Vic Government