From seed identification and pulse diseases to working out the gross margin of a hypothetical farming scenario, Charles Sturt University (CSU) students will be put to the test this week at the Australian Universities Crops Competition (AUCC17).
CSU is among five universities competing in the annual event hosted by GrainGrowers to expand students' practical knowledge and experience in the Australian grains industry.
Team mentor, CSU lecturer in crop science Dr Sergio Moroni said, "Over three days the students will compete in agronomic and assessment tasks putting the knowledge they've learned in the classroom into practice in the field. The team has been busy preparing for the event, training in the field and the laboratory."
CSU is being represented by Bachelor of Agricultural Science students Mr Andrew Lord, Mr Thomas Jeffery, Mr Fraser Harrison, Mr Nicholas Grant, Mr Danyon Williams, Mr Angus Knight and Mr Elliot Lade (pictured with Dr Sergio Moroni).
The team from CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is supported by the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.
The AUCC will be held at Temora from Tuesday 12 September to Thursday 14 September 2017.