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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The winners and finalists 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 Study Tour 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 Study Tour 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 Study Tour 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.

Highly Commended
LAUREN EAST

  • Name: Lauren East
  • Town: Manjimup, WA
  • Business: Willarra Gold
  • Crop Focus: Broccoli, Avocado, Passionfruit, Lucerne, Pasture
  • Caption: It's the little things that can have the greatest impact.

How do you feel about being highly commended in Corteva Agriscience’s™ San Francisco Study Tour Competition?

My First reaction: No, really?! Are you sure? No way. Nah, can’t be? Really? OH MY GOD! That is amazing. Thank you so much. Wow! I can’t believe it!

I still haven’t quite got mind head around it. But what an incredible opportunity to network with international Ag tech leaders and find inspiration from world innovators. It’s truly a remarkable opportunity that I possibly would not have had the chance to experience if not for this competition.

I took this photo in one of our young broccoli crops. The ladybug is a welcome insect in our crops, as a beneficial insect, the ladybug is a sign of pest activity. With the goal of always achieving clean crops, free from pests and disease, we follow Integrated Pest Management practices to build a healthy balanced environment.

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

Farming sustainability relies on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without negatively impacting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In farming and in general we should leave our environment in better condition than we found it for the future generations.

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?

Any innovation that I could incorporate into our own business and share with our industry to increase efficiency and productivity that can help us gain access to domestic and international markets.

Highly Commended
EDWARD WINDLEY

  • Name: Edward Windley
  • Town: Kalbar, Queensland
  • Business: Kengoon Farming
  • Crop Focus: Carrots, onions, sweet corn and green beans
  • Caption: Postcard from the Paddock. Planting carrots on a beautiful #scenicrim day!

How do you feel about being highly commended in Corteva Agriscience’s™ San Francisco Study Tour Competition?

Absolutely blown away.  What a fantastic opportunity to attend the summit and hear about new agri-tech developments and ideas.  The photo was taken while I was planting a winter crop of carrots.  It’s always quite satisfying to look back and see those straight GPS rows set against the beautiful landscape.

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

These days, every farmer that I know is doing their best to produce the best tasting food while improving soil health and the broader environment.  That’s our job really, both for now and for the next generation. The way that Corteva is focussed on bringing science and nature together is very exciting for an even brighter, smarter, farming future.

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?

Any time you visit another farm or talk with other people in agriculture is an opportunity to learn something new. I’m sure after visiting the Summit and the farms on this trip my head will be full of new ideas and information.

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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