Wandearah farmers discuss local issues

FORUM: Chris Crouch, Barry Mudge and Darren Arney were in attendance at Thursday's forum held at the Wandearah Memorial Institute.

FORUM: Chris Crouch, Barry Mudge and Darren Arney were in attendance at Thursday's forum held at the Wandearah Memorial Institute.

Grain growers from across Wandearah and surrounding regions met with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) on Thursday to discuss their local farming issues.

The corporation visited the region to hear from about 45 local farmers in regards to what has been troubling them.

GRCD will then collate the information and use it to make educated investments to help South Australian farmers.

Darren Arney, the grower relations manager for GRDC explained that their focus for the day was to understand the issues affecting local growers and find out where improvement can be made.

"One of the issues raised was around having a shorter growing season, with a longer flowering period. That enables a crop to come to flowering in the right window and to reduce the frost risk that can come with that as well.

"There was a real focus on social licence to farm and the scrutiny that farmers are under. Also looking at retaining and employing skilled agricultural labor in machinery operations. Making sure they can best attract and retain staff," Mr Arney explained.

After speaking with the farmers, the group then take a deeper look into the issues and discuss what an investment to overcome the constraint would look like.

Sitting on the Regional Cropping Solutions Network that meet throughout the course of the year is local Chris Crouch, who represents a low rainfall area.

Chris explains that the forum was beneficial as it allowed him to hear directly from farmers about their constraints.

"It is important so we can capture issues at the grower level, that we can take back to the meetings we have and from there we prioritise them and work on them more specifically and try come up with solutions to the constraints or try find out how we can make the most of the opportunities," Mr Crouch said.

From the grower levy money, GRDC hope to drive more profitability and productivity within the Australian grain industry.