New generation of farmers and advisers tried and tested

27 September 2013

Using specialist software, grading grain, determining yields, analysing soil, identifying weeds and managing business were just some of the agricultural skills tested at the 2013 Australian Universities Crop Competition.

For the first time, the University of Sydney took the top two awards at the national, three-day event held in the NSW town of Temora.

"The Universities Crop Competition proved our students can take their knowledge from the lecture theatre to the field," said Dr Daniel Tan, a Senior Lecturer from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

"The new generation of farmers and agricultural advisers must be able to combine ancient practices such as seed selection with the latest technologies to pioneer new approaches in an increasingly competitive and global market.

"Our University team of seven undergraduates - six women and one man - really are the cream of the crop, demonstrating their competitive edge," Dr Tan said.

Third-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student Richard Quigley from Trangie in NSW had the highest individual score. His first-place prize is a 10-day study tour of the USA and an invitation to compete in the Collegiate Crops Contest to be held in Kansas in November.

The team from the University of Sydney took home the perpetual trophy, beating their closest rivals Charles Sturt University and Curtin University. In addition to Mr Quigley the team members were: Constance Mort, Mudgee; Eleanor Readford, Gulargambone; Haruna Suenaga, Tsukuba, Japan; and Emily Lamberton, Eleanor Percival and Sarah Waldron-Jones from Sydney.

The competition was held in Temora, NSW from 18 to 20 September 2013. It was organised by Grain Growers and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, GRDC and Farmoz.

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