The prestigious Mark Donaldson Memorial Shield for 2018 has been awarded
to the Gregg family of Kolora, 35km east of Dysart, QLD. The Gregg family won the
shield for a bumper yield of 6.5 tonnes per hectare on their MR-Bazley sorghum crop.
Competition judge and CQ Commodities manager Craig Wade recently
presented the shield to Brian Gregg and son Nigel. An advocate of zero till,
autosteer, controlled traffic and precision planting, the Gregg family grows sorghum,
cotton and corn in summer, and wheat and chickpeas in winter.
The shield is one of Central Queensland’s most respected cropping
awards, and has been instituted in honour of Capella farmer Mark Donaldson, who
died in a tragic accident in 2010. The
competition, which began the following year, initially focussed on sorghum
crops from the Capella district. In 2016, the organisers expanded the
competition to include growers from the Central Highlands. Though the late Mr
Donaldson was based in Capella, he was well known throughout the Central
Highlands and Central West.
Previous winners include the Sampson family with MR-Buster in 2017, the
Lund family with Pacific MR43 in 2016, Garry Gersbach with MR-Apollo in 2015, Ivan
Gowlett with MR-Scorpio in 2014, Garry Gersbach with Pacific MR43 in 2013,
David and Alan Storey with MR-Buster in 2012, and Alan Garside with MR-Buster