East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days to go Digital in 2020
The third edition of the East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (EGVID) is around the corner, with the 12-month results of industry leading in-field growing trials to be revealed from Wednesday, 6 May in Lindenow.
Co-chaired by Elders Horticulture Agronomist Noel Jansz, EGVID gives growers and industry stakeholders a unique opportunity to witness the performance of seed and agri-chemical suppliers in-field. Elders is very proud of its continued association with the event.
“There is no other place that allows growers to see, compare and contrast the product varieties and yields of over 20 chemical and seed companies in the same paddock.
“It’s important for industry to support events like this for a better and stronger future, and from Elders’ perspective to be driving industry progression from the ground up,” said Mr Jansz.
After successful campaigns in 2014 and 2017, EGVID 2020 has taken a digital approach to overcome the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak. As access to the site will be limited, EGVID content, including live video streams, webinars and up to 50 other sector-specific videos, will be made available online to ensure that all growers can still benefit from industry leading insights.
Live video streams
Two live video streams will walk viewers through both the agri-chemical trials and seed company plots, with Noel Jansz (Elders), Stuart Grigg (Stuart Grigg Ag-Hort Consulting) and Carl Larsen (RMCG) set to discuss new developments at the site, as well as present research, findings and data from the field testing.
Facebook live feed #1 – Agri-chemical trials
The agri-chemical walkthrough will discuss findings across an array of chemical products trials, from promotion of root growth and density to the control of pests and disease.
Facebook live feed #2 – Seed company plots
The seed company plot walkthroughs will critique the performance of seeds in terms of their disease packages, growth profiles and yield quality.
The live feeds will run between 11:00am and 2:00pm on Wednesday, 6 May and can be viewed on the Soil Wealth and ICP: Community of Practice Facebook page.
While COVID-19 means growers will be unable to flock in great numbers to the Lindenow site to see the results first-hand, EGVID has been given permission by Victoria Police to host a small number of growers (around 15) on site at any one time. EGVID hopes to rotate growers through the site while adhering to a strict COVID-19 site policy developed in conjunction with the Health Department and Chief Health Officer. If you are interested in attending the event, or know any growers that might be, please get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as taking growers on live walkthroughs of the test fields, EGVID will make available 50 short videos analysing results across the seed, chemical, fertiliser and bio-stimulant trial sites. These videos will be housed on the AusVeg website and give growers expert commentary on trial data and findings.
Additionally, a Soil Wealth panel webinar will be held to discuss their vast amounts of data on cover-cropping, specifically looking at soil conditions and soil health of cover-cropped fields at Lindenow. Hosted by AHR’s Dr Kelvin Montagu, the webinar will be streamed from 12:00pm-1:00pm on Thursday, 7 May via Soil Wealth ICP Community of Practice Facebook page.