Overview of the Australian Summer Grains Conference

The 2019 event will again be hosted by the joint venture partners comprising sorghum, maize, sunflower, soybean and mungbean under the banner of “Enduring Farm Profitability”. This conference will feature renowned scientists, marketers, growers and leading industry identities from overseas and within Australia.

Australian Sorghum Conference Inc

The Australian Sorghum Conference Inc has participated in the 1st and 2nd Australian Summer grains conferences as a joint venture partner with maize, sunflowers, soybeans and mung beans. These conferences have been resounding successes and the ASC Inc recognizes the benefits to the Australian summer grains industry of building on this successful joint venture.

Dr D.R. Jordan, President Australian Sorghum Conference Inc.

Australian Mungbean Association

The Australian Mungbean Association is proud to continue its involvement and support of the Australian Summer Grains Conference (ASGC) in 2019. ASGC is a unique conference that showcases all summer crop options at the one event, giving growers an opportunity to access the latest research and technology developments in each crop. Some topics are relevant to individual crops while others have general application to summer cropping practice. ASGC also provides a tremendous avenue for a wide range of industry stakeholders to communicate, network and collaborate. The AMA encourages your attendance in anticipation of an excellent line-up of topics and speakers.’

Mark Schmidt, President Australian Mungbean Association

Australian Sunflower Association

The Australian Sunflower Association extends an invitation to Growers and strongly encourages all Industry Members of the Sunflower Value and Supply Chain to attend the 2019 Australian Summer Grains Conference.  Recognizing the changing marketing environment of the Australian Sunflower Market, our program will look to highlight the burgeoning domestic and international market for Sunflowers targeting Niche and Speciality Markets. With dedicated breeding research into targeting market requirements the industry is set to become a profitable rotational option in Australian Cropping Systems.  The Conference provides the best opportunity to share research, technological and marketing advances across all summer crops, in a single event at a great location.  The program will include the latest Australian and International speakers on sunflower’s contribution to profitable farming systems. The ASA looks forward to welcoming you there..

Kevin Charlesworth, Chairman, Australian Sunflower Association and Executive of Australian Oilseeds Federation

Soy Australia

Soy Australia is a strong supporter of the summer crop industries coming together for a combined Summer Grains Conference where ideas and information are exchanged and networking encouraged. Most farmers grow several summer grains in their farming enterprise in any season for a host of reasons, including, rotations, soil health, disease and pest breaks and $ return. Hence it makes sense to provide all delegates, grower and industry representatives, with the opportunity to be informed about new agronomic practices, future market directions and possible risks about all the summer grains at one venue. It also allows the organisers to invite international experts on a range of crops to attend and share their knowledge with the local industries.  Soy Australia strongly supports the 2019 conference.

Shane Causley, Chairman of Soy Australia

Maize Association of Australia

The Maize Association of Australia is very happy to again be a proud supporter of the Australian Summer Grains Conference in July 2019. The previous three events (2010, 2013, 2016) have been very successful.  Not only does the Conference draw together the industries representing the key summer grains crops grown by Australian farmers, it is a tremendous vehicle for the MAA to promote the growth of the maize industry in Australia. Once again the MAA will be promoting the growing and use of maize both domestically and very importantly for the huge export opportunities in markets throughout Asia.

We urge all summer crop growers and industry participants to join us at the Conference in 2019 to hear updates and developments in the Australian Maize industry, along with a chance to catch up and network with like minded people.

Bernie Walsh, President, Maize Association of Australia



Abstracts Open


August 2018


Abstracts Close


28 February 2019


Registrations Open


November 2018


Early Bird Registrations Close


12 April 2019

The Australian Summer Grains Conference 2019 will be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort at the Gold Coast 8 - 10 July 2019. We are happy to announce that abstract submission for the conference is open. Please note that all abstracts are to be submitted online only.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts submitted must be original and not presented or published elsewhere. They should be no more than 300 words in length.

Abstract themes:

- Pests and Diseases
- Weed Control
- New Technologies
- Innovation
- Grain Storage
- Marketing and Economics
- Agronomy
- Sorghum
- Mungbean
- Sunflower 
- Soy
- Maize and
- Other

Abstracts will be considered for both oral and poster presentations. This decision will be made at the discretion of the program committee based upon relevance, contribution to summer grain crops and expressed interest by the crop groups.

Submit Abstract

The closing date for abstract submission is 28th February 2019.  

Upon receipt of your submission, YRD will issue an email confirmation to the submitting author. Please allow up to 48 hours for email confirmation of your abstract submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email from the abstract system within 48 hours please contact asgc@yrd.com.au. All abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee and you will be notified of your submission outcome via email no later than Friday 29th March 2019. Instructions will be provided on the notification email.

Paul Higgins - Opening Plenary

Paul Higgins is a Futurist with Emergent Futures. He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Veterinary Science, a Bachelor of Animal Science (Research) and a Masters Degree in Strategic Foresight.

Paul is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program. Paul is a venture philanthropy partner at Social Ventures Partners Melbourne, and lead partner for their first investment in 100 Story Building. Paul is also a Chair of the advisory board for the Future Business Council, and has served on a number of commercial and not for profit boards.

Paul writes and presents regularly on future disruptions to business models, and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about the future. He is currently co-authoring a book on the future of driverless vehicles entitled:

Is Driverless Always More – How driverless vehicles will transform our economies and our societies.

Warren Davies - The Unbreakable Farmer

Resilience, Persistence and Determination are the words to describe Warren Davies but also he is a husband, father of 5, son, brother, mate, and normal bloke down the road.

Warren spent over 16 years on the land, and now as a Keynote speaker, Facilitator and Mental Health advocate and Regional Leader for Love me Love You Foundation, Warren imparts his life lessons and pays forward his unique stories, their moral relevant to all ages, from the country to the city, a farmer or the CEO of a large corporation. His message is simple and so very important at a time when stress is seen as normal and depression is commonplace. Warren will change the thinking and behavior of your most precious resource, your people.


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