On Tuesday, September 3, at the Royal Adelaide Show, Pasture Genetics Research and Technical Services Manager, Tom Damin presented farmer Mark Branson of Stockport, South Australia, with the Pasture Genetics National Fodder Innovation Award.
Entries were of a very high calibre and the judge’s decision was tough but winner Mark, whose innovation utilises drone technology to target resistant ryegrass weeds in cereal crops, demonstrated fantastic use of precision agriculture, wide scale community involvement and a passion for identifying an issue and creating a modern solution.
Mark took home Pasture Genetics proprietary seed product to the value of $3,000 and a one-on-one on-farm agronomic consultation.
Now in its second year, the National Fodder Innovation Award aims to recognise Australian growers who have redeveloped their farming practices to adapt to change, increase production and/or demonstrate sustainability.
Matt Vogt, South Australia, was awarded Runner-Up, receiving Pasture Genetics proprietary seed product to the value of $500 and a one-on-one on-farm agronomic consultation.
“Matt displayed an excellent ability to maximise the productivity of his pasture through regimented rotational grazing systems and encourages fellow producers to participate in industry education platforms,” Tom said.
Along with the innovation award, Pasture Genetics offers other accolades at the Royal Adelaide Show, such as prizes for the best irrigated and dryland baled lucerne hay.
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Image: Pasture Genetics National Fodder Innovation Award winner, farmer Mark Branson of Stockport, South Australia with Pasture Genetics Research and Technical Services Manager, Tom Damin.