Recent rain of mostly well over an inch in the old measure throughout north central Victoria has provided a strong outlook for the 46th annual Elmore Field Days to be held from Tuesday 6 October until Thursday 8 October.
“The welcome rains have improved the outlook for the crops and pastures in the north central region and given farmers a confidence boost. Another bonus is that they have given the Field Days site a nice green growth of grass” according to Elmore’s Public Relations Officer Sandra (Sam) Shotton.
Elmore Field Days this year has over 700 exhibitors including over 70 exhibitors who will be participating for the first time.
“Our site has been fully allocated for some time with the usual waiting list for any late cancellations.
“The Field Days Committee has continued to invest in the Elmore Events Centre facilities and a major change this year is the permanent transfer of the administration office from the original location in the Elmore township out to the Events Centre.
“We feel this will provide a much better focus, plenty of space and increased resources so that we can further promote the utilisation of our site” Sam Shotton says.
In addition to the record site area all the usual features will be on offer at Elmore this year.
These include the large General Interest Pavilion and the Auditorium program which along with the Ag Art Wear® Competition will offer interest and appeal to family members.
There are over forty entries in the Ag Art Wear® Competition this year with eleven entries in the National competition.
“In addition our in-field demonstration program has been well supported with two sessions on each day.
“The morning program which commences at 10.45am is devoted to tillage, sowing, spreaders and boom sprays, while the afternoon session which commences at 1 pm concentrates on haymaking, feed, storage and similar machinery.”
With carbon issues in the headlines almost every day the special feature this year is again devoted to ‘Capitalising on a Climate of Change’ and will offer plenty of information on renewable and alternative energy options, together with information on carbon emissions, carbon trading and carbon credits and the impact which these new issues will have on agriculture into the future.