Drought tour through Lower North

A local tour recently showcased drought-related initiatives within SA. FREE TO READ

A 2022 federal government Future Drought Fund Science to Practice Forum was held online recently, showcasing many drought-related activities and innovations from across the country.

The SA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub opened its doors at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy Campus to host an interactive viewing of the livestreamed national forum, while also featuring in the forum, with some of the people and partners behind the new SA Drought Hub introduced.

A local bus tour was also held as part of forum activities, and included visits to:

- EzyBale at Freeling, where hay and fodder production and storage within a drought context were explained;

- Turretfield Research Centre (operated by SARDI), where improving drought resilience of sheep production systems by increasing ewe and ram fertility and weaning rates were outlined; and

- Pindarie at Gomersal, where drought resilience benefits to soils and wine grape production from the use of mulches and composts in vineyards were on display.



Mariana Caetanao, Hannah Griffiths and Leesa Flanagan, all from the University of Adelaide, catching up over afternoon tea at Roseworthy.


Field trip participants at EzyBale, Freeling.


SA Drought Hub Loxton Node Coordinator-Node Leader Kym Walton (left) listens to Corbin Schuster, EzyBale, Freeling.


Corbin Schuster (left), EzyBale, with consultant and Ag Institute Australia – SA Division chair, Craig Davis, and SA Drought Hub Director Stephen Lee.


Field trip participants at Pindarie, Gomersal.


SARDI senior soils consultant Brian Hughes and Rogers Viticulture principal Chris Rogers at Pindarie discussing the drought resilience benefits to soils and wine grape production from the use of mulches and composts in vineyards.


Tony Randall, SA Drought Hub Knowledge Broker, Brian Hughes, Senior Soils & Land Management Consultant, SARDI and Chris Rogers, Principal, Rogers Viticulture checking one of the mulching treatments for drought resilience in “Pindarie” vineyard, Barossa Valley.


Emma Knowles, 2nd Yr University of Adelaide BAgSc student, Waite Campus, Ag Institute-SA Committee member and Ag Bureau of SA’s 2021 Lois Harris Scholarship recipient, connecting with Industry, and soaking up the knowledge and opportunities with Kym Walton Loxton Node Coordinator, SA Drought Hub and Tony Brooks, owner, Pindari Wines, Barossa Valley.


SA Drought Hub Node Coordinators Kym Walton (also Node Leader), Loxton, and Fiona Tomney, Minnipa, at Pindarie for lunch.


SA Drought Hub Minnipa Node Coordinator Fiona Tomney at EzyBale with Bruce Hancock, Ag Institute Australia – SA Division, and Salter Springs agronomic consultant and Ag Institute Australia – SA Division chair, Craig Davis.


Salter Springs agronomic consultant Craig Davis chats with SA Drought Hub Director Stephen Lee at Pindarie.


Bruce Hancock, Ag Institute Australia – SA Division, at Pindarie for the SA Drought Hub field trip lunch with Taryn Mangelsdorf, Sustainable Agricultural Officer, Northern and Yorke Landscape Board.

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