All field trips will be held on Wednesday 23 September, from 0830 – 1730, departing from and returning to Wrest Point. The cost is $130 which includes dinner at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania on Wednesday evening at 7pm. The RYCT is a five minute walk from Wrest Point.
The field trips can be booked when registering for the conference, or you can log back into your account at a later time to add a trip.
1. Derwent Valley
A valley for those with a love of tempting brews, stunning views, and animal production
Travelling north and then west of Hobart through the Derwent Valley, this tour will take in the spectacular scenery of the Derwent River, of hop fields, past and present, and explore the production from the paddock to palate of the brews and vintages that feature in the landscape today.
The Derwent Valley has a history of mixed livestock farming and fruit growing that now extends to the innovation of export hops, fruit, wine, irrigated cereal, poppy, and intensive dairy production.
This tour is a mixed bag of agronomic and local interest.
2. Lower Midlands
Dry land, livestock with a dash of irrigation and a spike of innovation
This tour treks north of Hobart past the historic sandstone of Kempton to Bothwell, and the edge of the sub-alpine Central Plateau.
Explore the challenges of the dry land livestock production in combination with irrigation and innovation. Crops of the area include cereals, poppies, and of course pasture. There may be time to contemplate some local whisky production and even golf. Bothwell boasts the oldest course in Australia.
This tour takes time to get into the swing of sheep, cattle, and crops.
Emerging systems issues in Tasmanian agriculture
This field trip will set the scene for the Agricultural Systems Research panel session by introducing participants to the systems issues emerging from the irrigation-based intensification of agriculture in Tasmania’s southern midlands.
Participants will visit several farms in the Midlands and meet with farmers and their advisers to discuss issues arising from intensification, and share ideas on how agricultural systems research can help create practical management responses. There will be an opportunity to look at irrigated cereals, dual purpose wheat and fodder crops, and to discuss the challenges of using irrigation to intensify production on fragile soils. The group will also visit the Callington Mill, a working Georgian windmill that produces specialty flours and see some of the dams being built to support the Midlands irrigation scheme.
4. South East Tasmania
Salads, seeds, sheep, and southern transformations
South East of Hobart lies the stunning Coal River Valley and Forestier Peninsular. Tour production landscapes transformed by irrigation, water recycling, enterprise innovation, and the integration of natural landscapes, production, and tourism.
Explore the attention to detail of producing salad greens for the nation, of intensive cropping enterprises, with seed production, lamb, wool, and maybe even oysters. This is touring that mixes production with the historic township of Richmond and the natural beauty of the Forestier Peninsular.