Local Growers picked to fly from the 'Farm Gate' to the ‘Golden Gate’

Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, today announced the results of its first Australia-wide photography competition, with two Aussie veggie growers and an agronomist picking up the top prize.

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And the winners are:

Growers Winner
DARREN RATHJEN

  • Name: Darren Rathjen
  • Town: Wall Flat, South Australia
  • Business: Delta Produce
  • Crop Focus: Primarily onions, but also potatoes, cereal hay and grains lucerne hay
  • Photo Caption: Spraying Zorvec® Enicade® in the calm before the storm.

How do you feel about winning Corteva Agriscience’s™ San Francisco Trip Competition?

The day my photo entry was taken, I was on the tractor with one of my daughters, spraying Zorvec® Enicade® fungicide protectant on onions before the expected bad weather arrived. My daughter suggested the scene would make a great photo for the Corteva Agriscience™ competition to show how nature and science work together.

I’m stunned, thrilled and grateful to have won the trip to San Francisco. I’ve only travelled to NZ, and I’ve also never been to big expo like the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, so it’s going to be tremendously exciting.

Why do you think it’s important to highlight nature and science working together on farms?

We need nature and science to work together hand-in-hard on farms. Growers are losing a lot of different chemistries, so we’ve got to work with what we have to keep going forward, including looking at options like IPM strategies with insects in onions.

What do you hope to learn at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco and through the farm/site educational experiences in the US?

What a remarkable opportunity to travel to the US and attend the world agri-tech innovation event. To learn about new technologies first-hand and bring that knowledge back home for the Australian onion industry. I’ve travelled fairly well around Australia, and every time I always find out something new or see something that we might be able to implement on the farm. This trip will be a particularly big learning experience.

Growers Winner
LAWRENCE COWLEY

  • Name: Lawrence Cowley
  • Town: Richmond, Tasmania
  • Business: Harvest Farms (OneHarvest)
  • Crop Focus: Leafy Greens
  • Caption: Lawrence Cowley and University of Tasmania graduate Kurtis Upchurch produce Baby Spinach using Crop Nets, Pessl Instruments and Success® Neo IPM Technologies

How do you feel about winning Corteva Agriscience’s™ San Francisco Trip Competition?

I heard about the competition through my local supplier, Roberts Ltd in Bridgewater. The work we were doing with The University of Tasmania, trialling crop nets to mitigate weather events, seemed a great fit for the Corteva Agriscience™ nature and science photo competition.

I am delighted to win. And of course I would have very much liked to go. What an experience. Fortunately though, Corteva Agriscience™ are allowing us send another OneHarvest delegate along in my place.

Why do you think it’s important to highlight nature and science working together on farms?

Our business practices integrated crop management. We’re really focused on management strategies that maximise the benefit of natural predators and selecting crop influences that support that approach. We’re always looking for new ways for nature and science to join forces to deliver a more sustainable product.

What do you hope to learn at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco and through the farm/site educational experiences in the US?

I’m very confident the delegate we send to the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit will take it all in and report back with a wealth of new knowledge about the global industry innovations and technologies.

Trade Winner
COURTNEY PIESSE

  • Name: Courtney Piesse
  • Town: Bellevue, WA
  • Business: Elders Midland
  • Crop Focus: Horticulture and Broadacre
  • Caption: GPA control after application of Transform® in potatoes! As the wicked photography shows, parasitism and also beneficial egg hatch...

How do you feel about winning Corteva Agriscience’s™ San Francisco Trip Competition?

Damn excited to be going! My photo was taken in a potato pivot a few months back, having had ‘soft’ chemistry used on the paddock. I was checking for aphids and noticed some parasitism occurring as the aphid mummy had an exit hole from a wasp emerging.

Why do you think it’s important to highlight nature and science working together on farms?

We must be sustainable in our use of chemistry and other practices and work with what Mother Nature has to offer. If we keep throwing the ‘kitchen sink’ at issues we will develop resistance and other issues at a much faster rate than if we work in a sustainable system.

What do you hope to learn at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco and through the farm/site educational experiences in the US?

I’m looking forward to understanding the global food needs of the planet and where the production bases of the world are going to be in the future. I’m also extremely keen to see where the likes of big data, AI, drone technology and imagery are leading us and how best to utilise them in our system.

Thanks to everyone who entered

 

 

The standard of entries was amazing, so thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. Here’s a showcase of the winners and runners-up. And don’t worry, you’ll have another chance to win in our next contest later in the year!

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