Goondiwindi entrepreneur takes out Innovation in Ag award

Goondiwindi agri-business consultant Jerome Leray has taken out the ‘Innovation in Ag’ award at the Queensland Grains Gala Dinner held at the weekend.

agri-business consultant Jerome Leray

Goondiwindi agri-business consultant Jerome Leray – Photo courtesy Grain Central

Jerome wins the Award for his groundbreaking weed-targeting technology.

AgForce Grains President Wayne Newton says Mr Leray’s business InFarm was at the forefront of herbicide technology and he was a deserving winner of the award.

“Mr Leray’s drone to tractor technology defines the zones that need to be sprayed, saving producers up to 80% on their fallow weed herbicide bill and turning their everyday tractor into a weed-targeting machine. Thanks to this technology, producers are saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on herbicide costs.”

“This is a great innovation because the producer does not need to do anything different apart from plugging in a USB, abolishing the need to buy expensive spot spraying equipment.”

Mr Newton says it was fitting to be celebrating innovation in agriculture in Goondiwindi where so many cropping innovations were born.

“From 50 metre booms to early controlled traffic systems, many good ideas came to fruition around Goondiwindi, and we wanted to ensure the Queensland Grains Gala Dinner acknowledged and celebrated that.”

Mr Leray won the award because judges deemed the measurable outcome for the grain industry are two-fold; chemical savings for the farmer and a reduction in environmental chemical impacts.”

“This years’ Service to the Grains Industry award was presented to Michael Castor from MCA Consultants.

Mr Castor started out as a one-man band in 1988 and since that time, has built an exemplary agronomic business now employing some 16 consultants, covering a large swath of Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales”

Mr Newton says Michael has been as a visionary who has grown his business in response to grain, fibre and livestock producers’ needs and has a unique ability to muster the forces of intellect and science for the advancement and profitability of our industry.

The Innovation in Ag award was sponsored by John Deere and was open to all producers that have delivered a benefit to the sector through innovation.