Adviser, Grass Roots Agronomy, Junee NSW
For Junee-based agronomist Kirrily Condon, the goal is always the same. If she can provide advice that is making farming more profitable as well as sustainable, then she’s set out what she aimed to achieve.
This is no easy task, though. It can mean studying research papers to distill a take-home message into a 30 second video, or it can be collaborating on a committee to work on weed resistance management.
While her work as an agronomist takes up the majority of her time, Kirrily has recently become increasingly involved in some of the pointy-end issues of cropping, such as through her involvement with the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) where she helps to tackle one of the major challenges for croppers – herbicide resistance.
Working with such an array of growers, Kirrily spreads her knowledge using traditional means such as booklets and newsletters, but has also embraced social media platforms. Kirrily has her own YouTube channel where she showcases short clips on important challenges or crop management successes, and uses twitter regularly to engage with the online global agricultural community.
Kirrily says the importance of these platforms to spread information and feel connected with other growers was important in a challenging agricultural environment.
With her can-do attitude and great attention to detail, Kirrily loves to find ways that she can contribute to help progress agriculture in Australia.