Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Partners in grain
9 PARTNERS IN GRAIN GROUND COVER Xp) and internet connections all caused frustrating teething troubles. But once set up, both systems worked well, apart from the occasional drop-out experienced by some participants. The software required is either downloaded or provided on cD. The centra system has been free for the past two years through the outback connect project funded by the iT Training and Technical support program of the former Department of communications, information Technology and the arts. Fees will apply once the project is completed. interwise can be hired by the hour or by the month, and provides exclusive web-room rights. The user needs a headset for communicating with other participants, although the use of non-verbal communication is facilitated through icons. For example, if you want to ask a question, there is a ‘raise your hand’ symbol next to your name on the participants’ list. The sa ping reference group used a web- room session to design a business structures and wills workshop, while the training groups ran a risk-awareness workshop and another on business structures. sharon does not see web-room meetings completely replacing face-to-face activities, as she believes these are required to build trust and sharing between group members. she also found that some members are still struggling to secure internet services. Sharon Honner, chair of the SA Partners in Grain Reference Group, finds activities run in web rooms can be more productive than face-to-face encounters as multiple participants are able to work on active documents. “Face-to-face meetings will always be part of the learning process, especially while internet connections remain elusive for some rural communities, but the participants really liked the benefits the web room added to the learning experience,” she says. “i would not struggle with the set-up for a single meeting, but for regular use the system offers huge advantages over telephone or video conferencing. “i am sure we will see more and more rural committees and groups using web rooms. The set-up will only become easier, and if you can use email your computer skills are sufficient to use a web room.” More information: Sharon Honner, 08 8832 2251, firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION Growing Grain BY MAUREEN BARRY Anticipating, planning, making decisions Direct drill, rotations, farming precision. Early break, late break, soil test, seed Knife points, sowing rates, units of p. Pre-emergents, press-wheels, engine oil Varieties, e-maps, rich damp soil. Dark clouds, stars, dewy morning Steering, long hours, tractors, yawning. Broadleaf, grasses, pumps, boom spray Drift, wetter, windy day. Rates, nozzles, droplet size Blocked jets, shuttles, clear blue skies. Colyoptiles, tillers, roots, flags Mice, paddock walks, estimate bags. Moisture, warmth, flowering, frosts Filling heads, four across. Header, auger, fingers, tyre Knife, bearings, risk of fire. Bins, silos, drivers, heat Trucks, mobiles, smelly feet. Increments, screenings, price per tonne Last round, grinning. Job ............ done. Deep sleep, dreaming, next year, rain Mates, kids, partners, grain. Victorian Partners in Grain chair, Maureen Barry of Manangatang, has a way with words. Following some gentle arm-twisting to contribute to this Ground Cover supplement, she wrote the following poem depicting the cyclical and complex art of grain growing in Australia.
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