A local producer is celebrating after being named the nation’s best super sweet corn grower.
Geurie farmer Brendan Booth was awarded the Bathurst Corn Grower of the Year 2016 in Ulverstone, Tasmania on Thursday, July 27.
The award recognises Brendan’s 2016 crop was the highest yielding amongst the Simplot Grower group with the highest kernel quality.
Simplot processes sweet corn at their Bathurst plant, with 28 farmers from Cowra, Bathurst, Narromine, Geurie and Queensland growing half a million tonnes in the 2016 season.
“The corn we grow here at Geurie is trucked to Bathurst and then canned or snap frozen for Australian supermarkets,” Brendan said.
“Recently, Simplot secured a long term contract with Coles to supply Australian grown product, which has increased the area under production.”
Mr Booth said he was humbled by the award.
“I’m really proud to grow Australian food, I’m passionate about local people being employed to create food to be enjoyed by Australians,” he said.
“Our 2016 corn crops were our best yet, despite challenging circumstances.”
“For as long as Australians buy locally grown and packed vegetables (fresh or processed), we will continue to grow it,” he said.
The Booth family used the lightning Tasmanian visit to look at state of the art technology for irrigation on his farm.
The Apple Isle boasts some of the most innovative and futuristic systems in the country including Variable Rate Technology in centre pivots which enables data from moisture probes and satellite imagery to provide computer models to the pivot to apply water where it’s needed,
This reduces the amount of water required for irrigation.
“As water in the Macquarie becomes more expensive, it is important we find ways to use less whilst growing the same high quality crop,” he said.
Brendan, wife Claire and 15-month-old son Lachlan celebrated five years on their farm this year and Claire says she’s immensely proud of Brendan’s efforts.
“We are also lucky to have had great agronomic advice from Evan Brown and Lyndon Orpwood of Simplot, as well as our own private agronomists Gary Lane and Dave Strahan (Delta Ag, Dubbo),” Claire said.
“I’m also lucky to have had my dad Roger, a corn grower in the Hunter Valley, help us in the early years learn the art of corn growing.
“The previous owner Bob Ellicott QC and his talented manager Charlie Smith were very supportive after we bought the farm - the transfer of knowledge of what the farm could grow was invaluable and we’ve been very lucky to have such good people surround us and help us during a steep learning curve,” she said.