There is always so much to do in Golden Grains and a full-time science communicator is always on hand to offer guidance and encourage interactivity. Enter through the Grain House into an area of interactive displays and hands-on fun.
This year, the Feature Grain is Barley. With input from industry partners, there will be information on Barley from seeding, growth, harvesting and transformation into a variety of product that we use in our everyday life.
Other exhibit features include:
- Buzz on Pollination - the role of bees in agriculture
- Milling tables to make semolina from durum
- Grain activity tables
- Precision agriculture and technology in farming with Case IH
- University of Adelaide
- The TAFE SA Bakery
- Dung beetles
- Grain Train - a working scaled railway that shows the process of grain from the paddock to the port
SPRING GULLY PRESENTS: HONEY ON TOAST – A VR EXPERIENCE
Presented by Spring gully
Honey on Toast is a virtual reality tour of the paddock to plate process that allows you to enjoy Honey on Toast at the breakfast table. Showcasing the process of wheat growing and harvest to flour milling, heading to the Spring Gully factory to get the buzz on Honey production and then visiting a local bakery for an insight into Artisan Bread making. Exclusively produced for the Royal Adelaide Show, young Showgoers will also have the opportunity to sit on a real-life tractor to get the full virtual reality experience.
Feature Barley Display
To recognise Barley as the feature grain for 2019, there will be additional displays where visitors can learn about the process from paddock to plate, including the different varieties of barley and different samples of barley products. The Pavilion will also feature a live and growing display of barley plants, complete with a grazing sheep!
Field Monitor Weather Station
A new addition for 2019 will be an active Field Monitor Weather Station, which will display live results from the Show including air temperature, relative humidity, rain gauge, wind speed and leaf wetness, as well as soil moisture. These are often used in agriculture to better monitor weather and the environment. For the first time the public will be able to see how this technology works.
National Grains & Fodder Competition
Judges from the Grain industry ranging from scientists, plant breeders, seed cleaners and quality control officers determine the prize winners in wheat, durum, triticale, prepared seed, small seeds, barley, oats, pulses, oil seeds, fodder and chaff classes based on visual and commercial testing results. Winning grains are displayed in the Golden Grains Pavilion during the Show.
National Innovation Awards
Two national innovation awards for the grain and fodder industries have been introduced to the Royal Adelaide Show.
The Nufarm National Grain Innovation Award and the Pasture Genetics National Fodder Innovation Award aim to recognise growers across Australia who have redeveloped their farming practices to adapt to change, increase production and/or demonstrate sustainability. All entries will be assessed by an independent industry representative and representatives from the RA&HS Grains & Fodder Committee, Nufarm and Pasture Genetics.
The winner of the Nufarm National Grain Innovation Award will receive funding to the value of $5,000 toward an overseas study tour to further the winner’s knowledge of innovative farming practices. The winner of the Pasture Genetics National Fodder Innovation Award will receive proprietary seed product to the value of $3,000 and a one-on-one on-farm agronomic consultation.