The East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (EGVID) kicked off this morning, signalling the start of three days of world-class industry engagement, focusing largely on data capture and dissemination.

In accordance with regulations and directives from Victoria Police and the Victorian Department of Health, at any one time, the industry-funded event will host a maximum of 50 growers tomorrow and Thursday, to physically visit the seed demonstration site at Maddies Paddock. This is located at Bulmer Farms in Lindenow.

Physical attendance to the site will be strictly by invitation and online pre-registration only and everyone on site must adhere to strict social distancing laws of 1.5 metres between each person.

AUSVEG Chair Bill Bulmer (third from the left) officially opening EGVID 2020. 

To connect people virtually to EGVID 2020, industry experts and event representatives will livestream event happenings every hour, from 8:30am to 4:30pm (AEST), via the EGVID2020 Facebook and Instagram pages. EGVID’s Twitter will post alerts, reminding followers to partake in the online schedule.

On Wednesday 6 May, head to the Soil Wealth ICP Facebook page where there will be two online livestreamed field site walk-throughs, featuring agronomists Stuart Grigg and Noel Jansz, from 11am to 12pm and from 1pm to 2pm.

On Thursday 7 May, from 1pm to 2pm, Soil Wealth representatives will livestream insights into cover crops, strip tillage, and slug and snail management – on the Soil Wealth ICP Facebook page.

A video production crew will be gathering a wide range of footage and insights about the trials. Post-event, a series of videos capturing the extensive trial site will later be hosted on the AUSVEG website — making it a valuable resource long after the crops are gone.

This is an initiative made possible by Hort Innovation and a suite of industry sponsors, led by Zorvec Active from Corteva.