The Chisholm Institute, in association with Protected Cropping Australia and the Hydroponic Farmers Federation hosted over 70 industry professionals at the Protected Growers Innovation day at the De Ruiter Living Proof Glasshouse in Cranbourne, Victoria on 13 November 2018.
The event featured afternoon workshops and presentations by a number of guest speakers, including one by Bayer Vegetable Seeds General Manager, Ben Hoodless on the future direction of the De Ruiter portfolio.
Attendees were given the opportunity to walkthrough the De Ruiter variety trial, which featured over 27 varieties in 2 compartments, including 6 on trial for the first time in Australia. Complice was one of the 6 new varieties in the trial and created a great amount of ‘buzz’ among attendees. This new variety will be launched commercially in New Zealand this December, and in Australia in 2019/2020.
Bayer Business Development Manager – Biologics South, Keith Fallow, also presented during the day. Keith discussed Bayer product Serenade Prime and its application in protected crops.
De Ruiter was a key event sponsor and provided a food truck lunch that included, including delicious hamburgers by Mr Burger and personal pizzas from Happy Camper.
Event photos can be found on the Chisholm Institute Facebook page.