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CRT FarmFest 2018

Not long now until CRT FarmFest 2018!

Queensland's premier primary industry field day, CRT FarmFest, is proudly sponsored by your very own Dalby Rural Supplies and Farmcraft CRT stores. The massive agricultural event showcases the latest in agricultural innovation and technology and it is held right here on the Darling Downs! With over 2,500 suppliers showcasing everything from brush cutters to electric fences, harvesters and tanks, this is an event you won't want to miss! Also if you purchase any product from the CRT site you will receive an entry in the draw to win a trailer full of products...so why not head to CRT FarmFest 2018?!

This year CRT FarmFest will have special edition blue cattle canes available for $5 with all profits going to charity partner 'Dolly's Dream'. This charity aims to raise awareness of bullying, anxiety, depression and youth suicide and we are so very proud to be able to get on board and support this cause!

Come and visit our CRT site at CRT FarmFest 2018 to view the latest and greatest in agricultural products and technology and to take advantage of some of the fantastic FarmFest specials we have on offer!


CRT FarmFest 2018;

When: Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th June 2018.

Where: Kingsthorpe Park, Warrego Highway, 20km west of Toowoomba.

Open Hours: 9am-5pm Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am - 4pm Thursday. *Carpark gates open from 7:30am daily.

Entry: $5 per person for adults, seniors, pensioners & children 12+. Children under 12 are free.


Visit Apple App Store or Google Play to download the Free CRT FarmFest app on your smartphone. Download the CRT FarmFest Site Map here.



Fertiliser Time of Year!

It's a busy time of year here at Dalby Rural Supplies with our Chemical, Seed & Fertiliser team in our sheds down the back organising many a fertiliser load for our customers. If you would like to organise some fertiliser, phone one of our friendly team on (07) 4660 0400.

DRS Newsletters

Issue 5 of our bi-annual DRS newsletter was distributed to our rural friends around the region at the start of March 2018. If you would like to find out about the latest agricultural products and technology and stay up-to-date with what is happening in our region, view the newsletter by flicking through the pages below! Congratulations to Stuart Schostakowski on winning the DRS Newsletter Garden Competition which was drawn at our Seed Treatment Plant Launch in April!

DRS Diesel Fuel Tank

At the end of 2017 we installed a diesel fuel tank, initially for our own use to reduce the fuel costs and wasted time spent fuelling our vehicles, however we expanded our vision and created a mini diesel service station in our front yard! Cheap diesel is now available to all our clients and with an easy-to-use self service diesel system, we hope to be a cheaper, more convenient alternative to the major national fuel suppliers that currently operate along the Warrego Highway. 

USC Seed Treatment Machine

The future in seed treatment has arrived at Dalby Rural Supplies! 

DRS' commitment to its tagline 'For the farmer, For the future' continues with the purchase of our USC Seed Treater machine. After identifying an opportunity to provide high quality cost effective seed treatment, our business partners John Cullen and Andrew Johnston, went in search of a quality machine to do the job. Following extensive research, the boys found themselves in the USA - where seed treating is common place in the future of farming - and they soon found the USC machine to be the best choice to suit the Australian market. Read more in our Issue 5 Autumn/Winter DRS Newsletter!

We held a Seed Treatment Plant Launch on Friday 13th April to showcase our new machine, however if you missed our launch pop in and see Hosko or one of the chemical, seed & fertiliser team to have a look at this impressive piece of agricultural machinery!

Dalby Chamber of Commerce Exceptional Service Award

Congratulations to our very own merchandise salesman John Collins on receiving the Dalby Chamber of Commerce Exceptional Service Award for December 2017!

Qualified Agronomist

In November 2017, Mark Noller graduated from the University of Queensland with a graduate Certificate of Agricultural Science. With these new-found skills, Mark looks forward to being able to further assist clients with their farming enterprises. 

DRS Newsletters

Issue 4 of our bi-annual DRS newsletter was distributed to our rural friends around the region at the start of November 2017. If you would like to find out about the latest agricultural products and technology and stay up-to-date with what is happening in our region, view the newsletter by flicking through the pages below! 

2017 Dalby Beef Bonanza

The 2nd Annual Dalby Beef Bonanza was held on Friday, 6th October, 2017 at the Dalby Regional Selling Centre. Dalby Rural Supplies was proud to sponsor this feature show sale with the auction of the finest cattle on the Darling Downs. For more information visit Ray White Dalby Beef Bonanza.

Farmfest 2017

Farmfest 2017 was held at Kingsthorpe Park, Toowoomba from Tuesday, 6th to Thursday, 8th June, 2017. As usual, there was a wide range of industry experts on site as well as our staff who were more than happy to help you get a great dea!

Joining the Dalby Rural Supplies Team

Over the past 2 years, WEEDit has become a very good tool for growers in the region looking to tackle hard to kill weeds, while also allowing high rate applications in fallow situations and minimising the effects of drift on neighbouring crops.

We are proud to welcome Jeremy Jones to our team at Dalby Rural Supplies to manage the Agricultural Technologies side of the business, in particular the WEEDit machine. Jeremy grew up in southwest Manitoba, Canada and was very involved in their family farm. After uni, he moved around the Prairie Provinces of Canada spending six years as an agronomist in various regions. After returning home, he managed a multi outlet farm supply business for 3 years with a focus on seed, chemical and fertiliser. He then went on to spend 5 years as a Territory Sales Rep for a growing seed and biologicals company while continuing to farm, and he eventually grew their property to over 6500 acres.

With a young family, the Jones’ decided to make a big move, and packed their bags for Toowoomba. This is where Jeremy has spent the last 3 years as the Area Sales Manager for Croplands Equipment, covering Northern NSW and Queensland. While a large amount of time has been spent showcasing and supporting the Rogator and SpraCoupe brands, a majority of Jeremy's time over the past 3 years has been spent with WEEDit. The hands on approach Jeremy has taken with the growers in the region has helped the WEEDit brand thrive. Being involved in supporting machines from Moree to Clermont and everywhere in between has allowed Jeremy to build his product knowledge and develop new platforms with local businesses.

We are glad to have Jeremy on our team, combining his knowledge of the WEEDit platform with the agronomy team’s knowledge of the issues affecting local growers, to put together a strong offer to control weeds. Jeremy has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the growers in our region and he is excited about becoming an integral part of the Dalby Rural Supplies contribution to our broadacre clients.

Jeremy can be contacted on 0458 626 101 or via his email jeremy@dalbyruralsupplies.com.au.

Dalby Beef Bonanza 2016

Dalby Rural Supplies was a proud supporter of the 2016 Dalby Beef Bonanza which showcased the best beef in the Darling Downs on Friday 7th October. For more information visit the Ray White Dalby Beef Bonanza website page.


CRT FarmFest 2016

CRT FarmFest 2016 is now over for another year! The event, which was held at Kingsthorpe Park on the 7th-9th June, was a smashing success, with many suppliers offering customers a chance to take advantage of some great bargains. Dalby Rural Supplies would like to thank all customers who visited us at the event - we are very priveleged to have such amazing support! We would also like to thank CRT, Farmcraft, our suppliers who attended and all our staff for all the hard work involved in pulling it all together. 

DRS Newsletters

The first edition (the Autumn 2016 Issue) of our brand new seasonal DRS Newsletter was posted out in mid May! We hope our newsletter will keep you up-to-date with the latest products and information, as well as events and happenings in the local community. 

Croplands WEEDit Technology

Four of our staff members, Andrew J, Wayne, Mark and Nathan, attended an intensive training workshop in March 2016 to learn more about the Croplands WEEDit machine. The day involved fine-tuning their knowledge about the different parts and running gear of the WEEDit, from the setup in the field to sensors, cameras, power units, control panels and nozzles.

They now have more understanding of the revolutionary system of weed control that uses a patented method for recognising and spraying weeds, based on the fluorescent properties of the chlorophyll molecules present in the leaves of living plants. The WEEDit machine is equipped with highly sensitive and accurate sensors allowing the herbicide to be sprayed exactly on top of the living plants, saving herbicide which saves the grower money and minimises environmental load.

Life Living in Rural QLD Photo Competition

In 2016 we ran a photo competition to find photo's that best demonstrate 'Life Living in Rural QLD' to feature in our 2017 Calendar. The major winner was able to have their photo used on the 2017 DRS calendar cover and rainfall chart. There were also 12 runners up whose photos were featured in each month of the calendar and who also received a framed copy of their photo. The major winner received a gift to the value of $750.00, which included a professionally framed copy of their photo as well as a Dalby Rural Rupplies gift voucher to be used in store. Click here for more details about the competition as well as full terms and conditions.

Zoe McInnes Memorial Agronomy and Study Tour Award

The 2016 Australian Summer Grains Conference held in early March saw the introduction of a new award aimed at recognizing the outstanding contribution to agronomic excellence by an agronomist. The Australian Summer Grains Conference established this award in memory of the much loved and valued agronomist Zoe McInnes, who tragically lost her life in a farming accident in 2013. Zoe's enthusiasm and passion for the industry, her clients and her own personal development during her career epitomized the dedication required to continually improve outcomes for the industry.

Nominations for this award were based on a range of criteria including the agronomists'; personal relations, professionalism, integrity, credibility, support of the Australian Summer Grains industry, personal growth in a particular field of agronomy/work and the impact on associates, farmers and other industry stakeholders, the nominee's involvement in the development of new agricultural practices, chemical products or plant varieties that provide solutions to farmers and qualities such as innovativeness and application to best management practice principles as evidenced by farmer clients and industry were taken into consideration.

In January, five quiet achieving agronomists were named finalists for this award which sees the winner being presented with a $5000 bursary to allow the recipient to increase their knowledge and support them in delivering new information to growers. During the judging it was revealed that there was not much separating the five finalists so the committee decided to award the runner-up with $1000 towards professional development. Finalists included our very own agronomist's Belinda Chase and Steven Muller as well as Andrew Millers - Elders Toowoomba, Jordan McDonald - Elders Dalby and Janet Loechel - Elders Jandowae.

We are proud to announce that our agronomist Belinda Chase was awarded runner-up for this award at the Australian Summer Grains Conference in early March 2016! We would also like to congratulate Janet Loechel who won the award. A fantastic achievement for all those who were nominated.


Christmas Colouring-in Competition Winners

With over 100 entries into our CRT Christmas Colouring-in Competition, the panel of judges had to make some extremely tough decisions on Tuesday 22nd December! After much deliberation, the winners of the IPad Mini prize packs were;

6-8years - Kaitlyn Harms
9-10years - Charli Ladd
11-12years - Jason Maunder


In fact, we had so many amazing entries that upon judging, we decided to have a 2nd and 3rd prize for each age group! 2nd place winners received a $20 ITunes voucher and 3rd place winners received a box of chocolates and a bag of lollies. Winners were as follows;

6-8years - 2nd place - Heidi Reed
6-8years - 3rd place - Lucinda Buckley
9-10years - 2nd place - Angus Town
9-10years - 3rd place - Jill Radke
11-12years - 2nd place - Georgia Bumstead (unavailable for a photo)
11-12years - 3rd place - Hunter James


Thankyou to all the children who submitted an entry form, there are some amazing colouring-in skills on show and our office has looked much more colourful for a few weeks!

Christmas Colouring-in Competition

In 2015 we decided to run a Christmas Colouring-in Competition for children aged 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12years of age with three iPad Mini's to be won (one for the winner of each age group). We received an overwhelming number of superb submissions and we were able make a few children very happy with early Christmas presents!

Latest CRT TV Commercial

While you have a moment, have a look at the 2015 CRT TV commercial where you can see some footage of the Dalby Rural Supplies premises and staff. View the TV commercial here>

FarmFest 2015

CRT FarmFest finally came to an end for 2015 and after a long week of setting up, attending the field day and packing up, everyone looked forward to the long weekend! Thankyou to all our customers and suppliers for supporting us at this prestigious field day, it was great to see such confidence within the rural industry! A special thankyou to Lee Kernaghan who made a guest appearance on day two of FarmFest 2015 to raise funds for our local 'Men's Shed' group. We are very proud to support such a great initiative for our local community. We can now look forward to next year's FarmFest and we hope that it will be just as successful for everyone.

Bell Field Day

Another successful information session was held at the Bell Golf Club at the end of April 2015 with topics including pasture and livestock nutrition. A special thankyou to everyone who was able to attend and to our suppliers; Zee Tags Australia, AgSolutions Australia, Lorentz Pumps Australia, Zoetis, Arrow Farmquip and Dow AgroSciences, who all contributed to a successful day.

Breakfast Grower Meeting

In mid October 2014 we hosted one of our biggest breakfast grower meetings, in conjunction with one of our suppliers Dow AgroSciences, about grain storage and the use of Conserve On Farm for our growers. Roughly 45 growers attended and were able to listen to Grain Storage Specialist Philip Burrill and Dow AgroSciences Representative Kevin Melmeth speaking about;

  • Farm Hygiene including silos, seals, pads and header hygiene. They also looked at methods and tools available to minimise grain insect outbreaks.
  • Aeration including aeration settings, speed, time, seed and air temperatures for storing grain.
  • Identifying certain grain insects and treating them according to label requirements.
  • Life cycles of certain grain insects that cause the most damage in the Northern growing area.
  • The new grain insect product called Conserve On Farm, which is still under permit for another 12months and readily available at Dalby Rural Supplies.
  • Application of different fumigants and their effectiveness in certain silos and with certain grain insects.

Dalgrains also attended the meeting and discussed the current domestic and international markets and gave a brief overview on what is happening globally with their seasons and supply.

To see how Conserve On Farm can work best for you visit more information here>

Syngenta Growth Award

In September 2014, one of our agronomists Belinda, was nominated for the 2014 Syngenta Growth Award which recognises the achievements of growers and advisors who are leaders within their field with respect to productivity, sustainability, community and people. Only 60 people are nominated for this award Australia-wide, 18 nominees from Dubbo north and only 1 in Dalby. In recognition of this achievement, Belinda has been presented with a framed certificate and a Driza-bone coat from Syngenta. DRS commends her on this achievement and we wish her all the best in getting through to the regional and national finals and being able to enjoy the potential prize of touring the UK and Europe in 2015!