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Nominees announced for 2019 Corteva Young Grower of the Year Award. A spring onion grower from South Australia and a production manager for carrots from Queensland are two of the young fruit and vegetable producers shortlisted for the prestigious 2019 Young Grower of the Year Award.

Meet the nominees

Corteva Agriscience™ is again presenting the Hort Connections Young Grower of the Year Award in 2019.

Victorian mushroom producer Chris McLoghlin of The Organic Mushroom Farm took out last year’s prestigious AUSVEG Young Grower of the Year Award. Read more about Chris and the talented group of 2018.

Read about the 2018 awards

Winners have been announced!

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Read more about the Young Grower nominees below.

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Meet the 2019 Corteva Young Grower of the Year award nominees.

Anthony DeIeso, Thorndon Park Produce, SA
Christopher Maisel, Maisel Ag Pty Ltd, QLD
Daniel Jackson, Jackson Agriculture, QLD
John Hearman, Ag Orchard and Nursery, WA
Josh Langmaid, Langmaid Harvesting, TAS
Luke DePaoli, D&S DePaoli Family Trust, QLD
Michael Evans, Mulgowie Farming Company, VIC
Stephanie Corrigan, Corrigan Produce Farms, Clyde (Melbourne), VIC
Stephanie Tabone, Kalfresh, QLD

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Anthony De Ieso
Age 30, Adelaide, SA

  • Business Thorndon Park Produce
  • Expertise Growing vegetables!
  • Crop Focus Bunch Line vegetables
  • Methods Intense outdoor horticulture, Commercial methods and others such as IPM

What’s your current focus on the farm?

All year round bunchline production which includes, planting, growing, harvesting and selling

 

What’s your favourite beneficial bug? And why?

The Aphidius wasp, because it’s description is something out of a horror movie and it’s effective!

 

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?

I feel very humbled and honoured. It’s an overwhelming emotion to know that the work you have put in has been recognised on such a large scale. I am looking forward to representing SA growers with respect and hard work

 

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?

I think that it allows young growers something to work towards. The majority are in a family business where the ladder is essentially non-existent. Being the future, I feel young growers need something to work towards to help keep them motivated and hopefully they can challenge themselves to keep improving along the way.

 

What are some of the major challengers for young growers?

Honestly it is bringing more in. I feel that we need to promote this industry a bit more and create those middle management type roles to allow people outside this industry know there are careers within.

 

Stephanie Tabone
Age 23, Kalbar QLD

  • Business Kalfresh
  • Expertise Production Manager
  • Crop Focus Carrots

Current focus:
I am currently employed as a production manager in one of the largest carrot sheds in Australia. The role involves managing all processes of carrot production including washing, grading and packing in preparation for the customer. It is in my best interest to minimise waste and maximise packed product for our growers, whilst meeting the quality requirements of our customer’s specifications. I ensure our facilities are kept to a high standard of hygiene to ensure food safety, and that procedures are in place to ensure our employees work in a safe environment. I have set key performance indicators to achieve, along with the responsibility of maximising efficiencies throughout the facilities. 

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?
Excited and appreciative. I am grateful that my hard work and efforts have been recognised, and am looking forward to new opportunities that contribute to building my skill set and professional experiences. 

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?
This award builds great confidence in young people. It shows the industry’s support of this person and gives them courage to step up into challenging leadership roles. It recognises a person’s hard work and motivates them to continue to give back to the industry in a positive way. 

What are some of the major challenges of young growers?
Through my experience, becoming connected with people in the industry after university was quite challenging, especially as I wasn’t from a farming background. I feel networking events through support from the industry is crucial to securing new young people interested in pursuing a career in horticulture. 

In addition, once entering the workforce it can become difficult to step away from the role to experience new research and relevant upcoming opportunities to improve business practices and relevant skill sets. 

Christopher Maisel
Age 25, Dimbulah, QLD

  • Business Maisel Ag Pty Ltd (Trading as Rocky Top Farms)
  • Expertise Bachelor of Agribusiness and Applied science
  • Crop Focus Pawpaw/Papaya, Limes
  • Methods IPM, pulse irrigation, natural biological control and constant pest and dsease monitoring

What’s your current focus on the farm?

My current focus is to decrease the average age of the plantings on the farm. This will enable us to be working with younger, more vigorous plants that are less susceptible to pests and diseases.

 

What’s your favourite beneficial bug? And why?

Phytoseiulus persimilis- (Persimilis)
Spider mites, in particular the two-spotted mite, are a major pest in pawpaw and papaya, particularly in the cooler, dryer months of the year. Spider mites can cause extensive damage to crop foliage in a short period of time, causing premature leaf fall, lowering plant productivity. Persimilis are a predatory feeder of two-spotted mites and are able to prey on all stages of their lifecycle, making them an effective biological control agent in my situation.

 

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?

My nomination was a surprise and I am humbled to know that I am being considered for the award.

 

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?

I believe many young growers would feel as if they are in an industry where they have to prove themselves and their concepts or theories against the entrenched old guard. By honouring their commitment to the industry, it opens the door for many other young growers.

 

What are some of the major challengers for young growers?

In horticulture we have a heavy reliance on labour, water and varieties. Young growers are likely to face these challenges at many times in their career. Addressing key issues like these is essential to the future sustainability of our industry.

 

Daniel Jackson
Age 35, Glasshouse Mountains/Beerwah, QLD

  • Business Jackson Agricultural Company
  • Expertise Grower
  • Crop Focus Custard Apples and Macadamias
  • Methods Hybrid of natural sequence farming and IPM adapted to horticulture

What’s your current focus on the farm?

Harvest.

 

What’s your favourite beneficial bug? And why?

Green Lacewing – Efficient predator of spotting bug and citrus mealy bug. Can generate large populations within “insectaries” through natural population growth.

 

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?

It is very motivating to be recognised for the efforts you are putting in and gives you the drive to achieve more. It is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future of agriculture in Australia.

 

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?

To share the success stories of young growers and show that it is possible to have a prosperous career in agriculture, thus encouraging other young people into farming.

 

What are some of the major challengers for young growers?

The greatest challenge for young growers is accessing capital to enter agriculture. To achieve this, in most cases, young farmers require both on farm and off farm income which can be difficult to manage.

 

John Hearman
Age 33, Donnybrook, WA

  • Business Hearman, Ad Orchard and Nursery
  • Expertise Fruit grower and nurseryman
  • Crop Focus Large tonnage with high packout. Big trees for nursery.
  • Methods Conventional

What’s your current focus on the farm?

Harvesting pink lady apples.

 

What’s your favourite beneficial bug? And why?

Predatory wasp – to help centrally woolly aphids.

 

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?

It’s an honour.

 

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?

It’s good to encourage young growers as we need more of them.

 

What are some of the major challengers for young growers?

Getting enough capital to set their businesses up.

 

Josh Langmaid
Age 31, Forth (Devonport), TAS

  • Business Langmaid Harvesting
  • Expertise Horticulture, Contract harvesting (Grain/Seed crop)
  • Crop Focus Vegetables (Cauilflower, Beans, Peas, Potatoes, Poppies, Pyrethrum, Cabbage, Parsley, Carrot)
  • Methods Integrated Pest Management

What’s your current focus on the farm?

Planting, Ground preparation
 

What’s your favourite beneficial bug? And why?

Ladybug. Eats the aphids etc, and is the best looking.

 

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?

Surprised. I’d only heard of the award a few times. I never expected to be nominated.

 

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?

The young growers are the people to improve agriculture. Taking the knowledge from the previous and implementing the newer ideas.

 

What are some of the major challengers for young growers?

Niche markets. Margins are tight on standard growing. You either need to make standard practice more efficient, or find a new or niche market you excel in.

 

Michael Evans
Age 35, Bairnsdale, VIC

  • Expertise Corn and beans
  • Crop Focus Health, sustainability and education.
  • Method Finding alternate inputs to the conventional way. Utilising alternate nutritional sources. Improving soils.

What’s your current focus on the farm?

Soil heath and equipment efficiencies.

 

What’s your favourite beneficial bug? And why?

Ladybug.

 

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?

It is a true honour to be recognised it the industry I have dedicated my entire working life to.

 

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?

It gives young growers recognition in an industry that is challenging. We need young growers to keep farming and growing into the future.

 

What are some of the major challengers for young growers?

Not having enough prior knowledge / education prior to beginning a farming career.

 

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