Minnipa eager for Field Day

IN THE FIELD: John Kelsh (SARDI), James Edwards (Australian Grain Technology), Andy Bates (Bates Ag Consulting) and Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) at the 2017 Minnipa Field Day event.
IN THE FIELD: John Kelsh (SARDI), James Edwards (Australian Grain Technology), Andy Bates (Bates Ag Consulting) and Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) at the 2017 Minnipa Field Day event.

The latest in farming practices and research will be major discussions points at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre's annual Field Day on Thursday.

About 120 farmers and industry personnel are expected to be in attendance at the event, which will focus on research field trials, as well as expert speakers delivering the latest information.

The centre's business services officer Dot Brace said the event was eagerly anticipated.

"Farmers and industry personnel will be in attendance and the main thing is to look out at the paddock, with broad acre demonstrations, looking at field trials and listening to other experts about what is happening in current research," she said.

"It is a big day, this is an annual event and growers look forward to it.

"The centre is always looking for advancements in everything to help farmers in a low-rainfall area."

Also taking place on the day will be the launch of Government Farm, a book delving into 100 years of the Minnipa Agricultural Centre and field days, from 1915 to 2015.

Author Bob Holloway, a former centre manager and officer in charge who was appointed in 1977, will be in attendance and the book will be for sale.

"Bob has looked through diary entries going back to 1915 and taken snippets from managers and the progress made over the years," Ms Brace said.

"There's information about when they first arrived, different projects and staff who attended field days, and progress of agriculture in the region."

The book will be available for $35 - extra for postage - but only a limited number have been printed.

Ms Brace said all were welcome to attend the day.

Registrations take place from 8.30am and the day runs until 5pm, with lunch and drinks available to purchase.

Entry is $10, but Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation members and students enter for free.