ELDERS agronomist Daniel Lewis has a passion for all things paddocks and crops.
He spends a lot of his time out on the road, with an area stretching from Robertson in the north to Yass and Bookham in the south, and from Braidwood in the east to Bigga in the west.
“As part of my job I carry out paddock inspections, checking for things such as the prevalence of weeds, germination of crops and pressures on the crops from various insects,” Mr Lewis said.
“It’s four years this year since I started working with Elders.”
Mr Lewis, 26, was born and brought up in Goulburn, attending Mulwaree High School, and then went on to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga.
He is now also completing a Masters through the University of New England online, which he says enables him to still carry out his research for assignments while still in the local area.
“It’s great to be able to come back to your local area and have a job that you love,” he said.
“I grew up in town in Goulburn, but our family also had a property out near Tarago.
In my school holidays I used to do a bit of shearing and I carried that on when I was at uni too, around the Wagga region.”
Mr Lewis outlined that the good part of his job was that he was able to be out and about talking to his clients.
“You sort of get to know your clients quite well and form good relationships with them, which can sometimes extend beyond purely business and into mateship as well,” he said.
“However there are challenges too, such as adapting to the seasons.
You have to adapt fairly quickly to what’s going on in terms of rainfall, and sometimes have to ‘go back to the drawing board’ with some projects.
Sometimes hard decisions have to be made.”