Details of the 2019 ASSCT awards presented at the Conference Dinner on Thursday 2 May at the University of Southern Queensland are as follows:
• Best Agricultural Poster: Amanda Johnson (SRA, Indooroopilly) for her poster entitled “Stalk Stamp – a simple, yet effective new diagnostic test for detection of ratoon stunting disease in sugarcane”.
• Peter Guernieri Engineering Award (donated by SEW-Eurodrive) to an engineering student who has excelled in the field of engineering: Georgia Nilon (MSF, Maryborough)
• Mac Hogarth Agricultural Award: Trevor Msibi (USQ, Toowoomba) for his presentation entitled “Hydraulic implications of variable-rate irrigation”
o Research: Joint recipients Phil Patane (SRA, Ingham) and Dr Danielle Skocaj (SRA Tully) for their contributions to multiple papers and presentations during the conference. Phil was the lead author of three papers and co-authors of two further papers dealing with the important topic of “Harvesting”. Danielle was the lead author of three papers and co-author of five other papers all dealing with the important topic of “Nitrogen”.
o Industry: Prof Ross Broadfoot (QUT, Brisbane) for his paper entitled “Assessing the efficiency of sucrose recovery from final molasses”