Field day tour
Date: The Field day tour will take place on Thursday 23 March 2023, the last day of the conference.
Time: Buses will depart from outside the conference venue (Empire Theatre) in Neil St, Toowoomba at 7.45am, and return to the same location at 5.30-6.00pm.
Summary: The APC Field day tour will present a tropical pulse showcase of research, production and processing sites across the scenic Darling Downs, one of the most fertile and diverse cropping regions in Australia. In the morning, delegates will travel from Toowoomba to a field demonstration site at QDAF Hermitage Research Facility near Warwick to inspect field plots and talk with researchers in genetics, pathology, agronomy, weeds and grain storage. In the afternoon after lunch, the field tour will split into three concurrent group tours: (1) an Agronomy tour that will visit a successful pulse cropping farm and a long-term farming systems trial on the central Downs; (2) a Research tour that will return to the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba to meet with researchers and inspect facilities, including the Centres for Crop Health and Agricultural Engineering; and (3) a Processor Tour that will visit two successful companies value-adding to tropical pulses – Maralong Milling at Westbrook and PB Agrifood in Toowoomba.
Local agronomists will provide commentary on the buses while travelling.
Register: Please register for your field tour of choice via the conference registration form.
Tickets: The cost of the field tour is included in the conference registration fee for those attending the whole conference.
Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and drinking water are included. Please advise on the conference registration form if you have special dietary requirements.
What to bring: Please ensure you wear weather appropriate clothing, enclosed footwear, a hat and sunscreen.
*Please note that all field tours are subject to change.