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3rd Nov 2021

10:00 am - 03:00 pm

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) invites you to the Forthside Vegetable Research Facility on Wednesday 3rd November.

In the morning you will hear from researchers and industry innovators, and discover the smart technology in use on the farm. After a free lunch, walk the farm to see the wide range of research trials run by TIA and industry.

Some of the mornings topics include:

  • Technology on the farm
  • Hemp for forage
  • Traditional Chinese herbs
  • Smart farming
  • Know what you are growing

The full presentation and farm walk schedule can be downloaded HERE.

The Forthside Vegetable Research Facility, based within the major vegetable cropping region of North-West Tasmania, is an invaluable site for a diverse range of vegetable and allied crop research trials.

The farm showcases SMARTFarm technology, where on-farm devices provide a proof-of-concept for farmers who can see firsthand how new technologies can help create efficiencies and improve environmental outcomes.

Forthside has an enduring history and is home to a unique research trial site which has been assessing the impact of rotational cropping systems and winter cover crops on soil health, crop productivity and pest, disease and weed management for more than 15 years.  Trials of such duration are rare, and the results indicate the value of long-term thinking in relation to maintenance of productive working soils.