KINGSTHORPE: CRT FarmFest has drawn big crowds on its opening day, which is coincidently Queensland Day.

Innovation drives CRT FarmFest

INNOVATION is the driver of this year’s CRT FarmFest, which kicked off at Kingsthorpe west of Toowoomba this morning.

Blessed by magnificent Queensland winter weather, the three day event which has more than 2500 exhibitors on show has already drawn strong crowds.

Federal member for Groom, John McVeigh, who officially opened the event described CRT FarmFest as an iconic Australian event.

“I am very please to be here on Queensland Day and see this event continue to grow and prosper,” Mr McVeigh said.

OFFICIALLY OPENED: Sponsors John Cullen, CRT Dalby Rural Supplies, Alistair Ross, Farmcraft, federal member for Groom, John McVeigh, CRT general manager Greg O'Neil, and Ruralco chief executive officer Travis Dillon.

“It is one of Australia’s iconic field days and being parochial I am also very proud that it is located on the Darling Downs, the emerging agribusiness capital of Australia.” 

CRT general manager Greg O’Neil said CRT FarmFest was an important event for every member of a family and the community.

“We can now search online and do lots of research,” Mr O’Neil said. “But nothing beats coming to an event like this and seeing and touching the innovation on show and asking questions.”  

One product which is already creating plenty of attention among the thousands of new and trusted products is Croplands’ Weedit spraying system. Weedit uses an advanced camera system to recognise weeds and spray individual plants. Weedit can also be linked to a driverless tractor to further increase efficiencies in weed control.

B&B Machinery’s German engineered ‘meisterwerk’ the Fendt 1000 Vario also proved a popular attraction on the demonstration area. The heavy duty tractor is available in four different power configurations from 380–500hp.

Another product is Nufarm Australia herbicide Terrain, which has recently been registered as a fallow spike and for use in established lucerne. Terrain is particularly useful for the control of glyphosate resistant rye grass and wild turnip. It is also highly effective on fleabane.  

CRT FarmFest continues on Wednesday and Thursday.

John Williamson, Lindoran, Inverell, Ashley Coleman, Yarrabundy, Inverell, Peter Connor Landaco, Wagga, and Jamie Williamson, Lindoran, Inverell.