Forthside Open Day

Start Date

14th Nov 2017 8:30am

End Date

14th Nov 2017 1:30pm

2017 Forthside Vegetable Research Facility Open Day

Industry and community members are invited to join the The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), as we showcase the innovative research being undertaken to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture in Tasmania.

TIA's Forthside Vegetable Research Facility (Forthside) is the site of leading-edge agricultural research. Some of the research to be showcased at this event includes:

  • Overview of TIA, Professor Holger Meinke (TIA)
  • Systemic downy mildew in poppies, Dr Jason Scott (TIA)
  • Industrial hemp trials, Dr Mark Boersma (TIA)
  • Soil health and management for optimum crop yield, Dr Bill Cotching and John McPhee (TIA)

Guest Speakers

We are pleased to have two guest speakers attending the Open Day to share insights around agriculture innovation and precision technology.

Kelby Cheyne from Remote Aviation Australia will speak about current legislation around drones and will take a practical session where participants can practice flying a drone.

Tim Neale from Data Farming in Queensland is an agricultural consultant with over 20 years’ experience across Australia and internationally. Tim’s strong ag tech focus has been driven by an evolution from CTF (controlled traffic farming), auto-steer technology, elevation mapping and water planning, yield mapping, variable rate, soil mapping, and satellite imagery. Tim’s current focus is on data management and machine learning.

Tim will speak about precision agriculture technologies (including imagery, GPS, soil mapping, sensors, UAV’s, water drainage, Variable rate, IoT, and yield monitoring). He will also go into the detail and provide some advice about getting started with agtech.

We hope you can join us for what will be a fantastic day with plenty of opportunities for networking and information sharing. This is a free event and catering is provided. Download the event flyer (PDF 378 KB)


  • When: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
  • Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm
  • Location: TIA's Forthside Vegetable Research Facility at 124 Forthside Rd, Forthside TAS

Register online here.

Or RSVP to Leonie on 0407 865 640 or

Soil Health Workshop

The Forthside Open Day will be followed by a seperate soil health workshop. More information here.