Today marks a very special day for the Merredin research station, where over 120 people have turned out to celebrate the iconic property's 100th birthday.

Over the last centaury the farm has seen quite a few changes including the invention of tractors, no till cultivation and genetic modification just to name a few.

Dr Mark Sweetingham from the Department of Agriculture and Food says the research station has been at the forefront of technology for that entire time.

"This research station at Merredin has had a long history of excellent agricultural engineering research, a lot of work on how seeding systems, either big stubbles, harvesting improvements to reduce header losses just to name a few of the things in that area," he says.

His fellow DAFWA colleague, Greg Shea says the research station is just as important now as it was 100 years ago.

"The technology, the demand for keeping ahead and more innovation is there more now than its ever been," he says.

"We can look to the collaborative opportunities that we are getting with grower groups, with CSIRO with GRDC with other bodies that want to do R&D as well and that synergy can really help deliver opportunities for the future."


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