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An expert a day keeps it real at AgQuip

Growers attending Commonwealth Bank AgQuip Field Days in Gunnedah, August 16, 17 and 18 2016, are invited to take full advantage of the extensive line up of experts who will be at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) marquee, i24b, as well as attend the GRDC/NSW DPI Grains Breakfast Update on Wednesday the 17th.

Each day of AgQuip GRDC specialist staff and New South Wales Department of Primary Industry (DPI) researchers will be on hand to talk to growers about everything from boosting yields, to boosting social media followers!

One expert is Liam Ryan, the GRDC’s social media advisor, who will be helping growers understand how to cut through all the social media noise and tap into useful networks so they can get the timely information they are interested in.

“An increasing number of growers are using Twitter to share updates and ideas on seasonal agronomy and crop diagnostics, but you’ve got to know how to navigate the clutter to make the most of it,” he said.

“There’s some simple tools for navigating the information highway on Twitter so you can get straight to what really matters and save plenty of time, but a lot of them aren’t widely used.

“I’ll also be on hand to talk about some new things on the horizon and some great, free tools which growers and advisors can use to curate and customise information from different sources, such as Twitter, websites, YouTube, e-newsletters and more, all in the one location.”

Other specialists across the three days will focus on topics such as farming systems, cereal and pulse agronomy and nutrition.

GRDC Regional Manager – North, Sharon O’Keeffe said this continues GRDC’s commitment to ensure that research results are delivered to local growers.

“The grower feedback from GRDC involvement in the Commonwealth Bank AgQuip Field days and the GRDC/NSW DPI breakfast held on the Wednesday morning has been fantastic, so this year we will trial a new addition of having our grains research showcased for the full three days,” she said.

“The GRDC stand will now have NSW DPI researchers and specialists along with GRDC staff & panel members on the ground each day to ensure that those growers who want to tease out an issue, or better understand the reasoning behind grains research can,” she said.

“We will be changing the line-up each day, so it’s worth checking into the marquee to find who is on that day’s agenda.

“The GRDC invests in research on the behalf of growers, so at AgQuip this year you can go straight to the source, talking to lead researchers, staff and panel members. Let us know your production constraints and how you would like to see the outcomes of your research disseminated”

Established as a premier event at the Commonwealth Bank AgQuip Field Days, the GRDC/NSW DPI Grains Breakfast Update attracts not only local growers, but those travelling to Gunnedah from interstate and overseas. The event runs from 7.30 am until 9 am on Wednesday 17 August and gives growers, agronomists and industry the chance to explore timely and relevant grains research before exploring the field day.

The update will be hosted at the NSW Farmers site across from the GRDC stand at site at i24b.

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