Farm tour of high value spice crop research

Central Queensland farmers have the opportunity to inspect the performance of high-value spice crops in broadacre growing conditions at a field day to be held outside of Rockhampton on February 19.

The field day and crop inspection forms part of a three-year project being led by CQUniversity and Agriventis Technologies, and funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA).

Researchers and growers are trialing the performance of five different spice crops – black sesame, cumin, caraway, kalonji, and fennel – with harvest approaching of the first field trials of the summer plantings of different varieties of black sesame and fennel.

What: Interested farmers and media are invited to inspect the latest black sesame and fennel crops. Presentations will cover the yield and agronomic performance of the crops and commercial opportunities.

When: 9-11:30am, 19 February 2020

Where: Foxwell Farming, 1553 Ridgelands Road, Alton Downs.

Who: Speakers will include:

  • Agriventis Managing Director Lewis Hunter
  • Host farmer Peter Foxwell
  • CQUniversity researcher Associate Professor Surya Bhattarai.

A field walk to inspect the crops will follow the presentations.