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Media release. Adam McVeigh. 2015 Scholarship winner

Media release. Adam McVeigh. 2015 Scholarship winner

Adam McVeigh, from Dalby in Queensland, has been awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

He will research achieving sustainable high yields from continuous double cropping with overhead irrigation.

Adam is an irrigated and dryland producer, cropping cotton, corn, sorghum, barley, wheat and occasionally mungbeans and chickpeas on the Darling Downs. In addition he does some contract cotton picking. Encompassing both the family operation and his own farm, this financial year he grew 425 hectares of cotton, 105 hectares of barley, 115 hectares of wheat, 65 hectares of sorghum and 65 hectares of corn.

The inspiration behind Adam’s study topic has come from his experiences with both drought and flood over the past twelve years.

“Irrigated cropping can be very profitable, however in dry years when water is limited or simply not available, the cost of maintaining infrastructure and servicing debt can be financially crippling.

When water is plentiful it then becomes necessary to extract maximum value out of the irrigation infrastructure,” he explains.

Adam will research growing two crops each year in the same irrigated paddock, with a focus on achieving maximum return per hectare in a situation where water is not limited.

“My property ‘Mondure Homestead’ has been completely flooded twice over the last four seasons which has steered me away from focusing on a sole irrigated summer crop each season.

I have been growing both a winter grain (wheat or barley) and then following up with a late (around Christmas) planted summer grain (corn or sorghum) all in the same center pivot-irrigated paddock,” he says.

Adam will research nutrition, irrigation scheduling, water infiltration, machinery configuration, trash management and seasonal timing to improve his crop rotation.

To do so, he will visit France, the USA, Egypt, UK, Mexico, Brazil, China and India.

GRDC Program Manager Capacity Building, Kathleen Allan believes that the Nuffield Scholarships are an integral part of the GRDC investment into capacity building for the grains industry.

“Nuffield Scholarships support young, innovative growers to become the future leaders of our industry – GRDC are pleased to sponsor four Grains Nuffield scholarships this year and congratulate the recipients,” says Ms Allan.

Nuffield Australia is an organisation which provides an opportunity to Australian farmers to travel overseas on an agricultural research scholarship. It is a 16-week program consisting of both group and individual travel. The next groups will be travelling through New Zealand, Brazil, USA, Mexico, the UK, South Africa, Kenya and Europe in March-April 2015.

Adam is available for interviews to talk about his planned study.

mcveigh.trading@gmail.com  Mobile: 0427 635 209

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