The first potato industry forum for the Australian Potato Industry Extension Project is being planned for the afternoon of the commencement day of the Hort Connections Conference in Adelaide (15 May 2017 at 2:30 – 5:00PM). This will follow the SA Potatoes luncheon at the same location in the SA Convention Centre.

The industry forums are designed to deliver on the three components of awareness, review and planning. The program will have short 15-20 minute presentations and it is intended that these presentations will provide both a review of recent activities, highlight developments of relevance to the industry and create an awareness of new technologies that could be pursued in research or extension activities in the future.

Forum participants will also be encouraged to participate in a simple planning and discussion session aimed at assisting Arris in the formulation of the plan for future extension activities that are relevant and well aligned with industry needs.

The forum is open to anyone with an interest in the potato industry, is free of charge and your attendance is encouraged and your inputs and contributions to our planning process is valued. Attendance at the SA Potatoes luncheon is not required for you to be a part of the forum.

Please complete the simple registration form below if you are intending to be at the forum.


2:30 – 2:45pm  Introduction / Session overview / Ideas and Issues capture process
2:45 – 3:05pm Managing Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) and other pests in potato crops
Angelica Cameron, B.Ag.Sc: B.Intl.Dev
Entomologist, IPM Technologies Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Vic
3:05 – 3:25pm Precision Agriculture, Drones and Robotics for the Potato Industry
Jasmine Muir, B.Sc(Ecology): M.GIS

Research Fellow, Precision Agriculture Research Group,

University of New England Armidale NSW

3:25 – 4:15pm Soil Health Session
 Peter Wadewitz, Managing Director – Peats Soil & Garden Supplies:

BiobiN Technologies, Adelaide, SA (Organic soil amendments)

Darren Cribbes, ConNexusGlobal, Mooroopna, Vic. (Composts and soil health)
Michael Rettke, B. Sc. – Senior Research Scientist, SARDI, Adelaide, SA (Soil pathogen risks and returns)
Bryan Robertson – Hortex Alliance, Virginia (Effective nematode treatment)
4:15 – no later than 4:55pm Industry Extension Activities (Discussion and Group Session)
Issues and concerns summary
Ideas for extension activities not included in issues and concerns
Priority areas
Delivery mechanisms and strategies
No later than 5:00pm Close forum




Further Information

Adrian Dahlenburg
Extension Project Manager, Arris Pty Ltd
M: 0488 739 300