From drones zipping through the air to a harrowing tale from the first grower in Australia to find a vicious sap-sucking invader in his fields, North-West Tasmanians had a front-row ticket to agriculture action this week.
On Wednesday, 10 October the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) held a free Open Day for students, farmers and the public to have a sticky beak inside the Forthside Vegetable Research Facility.
Attendees saw ground-breaking research and demonstrations, met industry professionals, and heard from two special guest speakers.
Dr Fred Crowe, an international authority on onion and garlic fungi discussed organic methods of preventing onion white rot in Tasmania.
Darryl Smith, a third-generation potato grower from 200km south of Perth, shared his experiences as the first grower in Australia to detect Tomato-Potato Psyllid.
TIA Director Professor Holger Meinke said Open Day presented an opportunity for the community to observe agricultural advances happening nearby.
“TIA produces internationally recognised, cutting-edge agricultural research,” he said.
“Open Day gives the community a chance to see how the future of farming is being developed right down the street; students can discover a new career, farmers can get practical solutions to problems.”
Entry to Open Day was free. More than a dozen presentations were capped off by a spit roast dinner.
Published on: 11 Oct 2018 3:29pm