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Australian agronomists and resellers learn from North American colleagues

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article image Pasture agronomist Matt Foster and Grain Protection Business Manager for Dow AgroSciences Jon Dadd (R) at the Dow AgroSciences Midwest Research Centre, Fowler, Indiana

Dow AgroSciences Australia  recently organised a study tour of Canada and North America for a team of Australian agronomists and rural merchandisers. The 10-day study tour included a visit to the Dow AgroSciences head office in Indianapolis.  

One of the nine Australians on the tour, Matt Foster, a pasture agronomist working with graziers in the Armidale region said that the team gained an appreciation of the sheer amount of effort being invested in the research and development of new products following the tour of the Dow AgroSciences facilities.  

One of the products, Chapparal has been on the market in North America for five years where it’s used to control a range of woody weeds including diamond willow and pasture sage. Matt spoke to growers who swore by it, especially its residual capacity with one grower getting two to three years’ protection from a single application, which ensured ongoing woody weed management at reduced input costs.  

A similar product is already under development at Dow AgroSciences Australia and Matt is looking forward to its availability.  

Fellow pasture agronomist Mick Duncan, also from Armidale said he was impressed by the broader spectrum of products available to growers in Canada and North America for the management of broadleaf weeds and woody weeds. He was particularly impressed by the Enlist Weed Control System, which improves the performance of the glyphosate tolerant weed management system on glyphosate-resistant weeds.  

Tour organiser Jon Dadd, Grain Protection Business Manager for Dow AgroSciences said that the visiting group included northern New South Wales shareholder members of the Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR).  

In addition to learning about the new crop protection products and advances in crop breeding, the group met with local land managers, applicators and farming communities. Trip highlights included visits to a Hutterite colony in Southern Alberta, Canada and a Black Simmental breeding enterprise, which exports embryos to various breeders in Australia.

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