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Good Clover Bad Clover Project
MFMG has secured funding from MLA for a ‘Good Clover, Bad Clover’ project which will focus on upskilling producers on oestrogenic clover identification and the implementation of practices to improve lamb marking...

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Canola Growers Urged to Check Revised Blackleg Ratings

Grain growers in the southern cropping region are being urged to check the latest blackleg disease ratings for canola cultivars ahead of sowing in 2017. 

 

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After a good crop in 2016, what does it take to restore soil fertility?

This article uses data from the Bool Lagoon and other sites, on crop nutrient replacement after the 2016 season

 

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Green Manure Farmer Trial     

Mackillop Farm Management Group member, Nick Wight, has been farming on his property, Strathyre, for the past 6 years. Located in the Cadgee area just a few kilometres from Naracoorte, the land has been used predominantly for cropping however, one paddock in particular struggled to grow a consistent crop with issues ranging from extreme variations in plant heights to patchy growth and germination

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March 2016

 

 

Diversity is the cornerstone for Sam

 

MILLICENT mixed farmer Sam Croser is excited about the future of agriculture and optimistic about tackling the challenges that will test his profitability in the years to come.  The cornerstone of his strategy for success is the diversity of his operation.

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Learning journey ongoing at Neuarpurr

THE Hawkins family’s Brippick property at Neuarpurr on the Victoria-South Australia border offers unique insight into how mixed farms comprising broadacre cropping, irrigation and livestock might continue to evolve in the years and decades to come.

Tara Hindson (née Hawkins), who works on the property with her grandfarther Mac, father Peter and brother James, is leading the charge to implement new farming techniques at Brippick which enhance the relationship between the livestock and cropping operations, while reducing the farm’s reliance on synthetic chemicals and conventional fertilisers.

 

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Article as appearing in Stock Journal 15th October 2015

 

 

Flexibility in the mix for Makin family

Chad Makin Operations Committee

WHEN fifth generation Keith farmer Chad Makin returned to his family property in 2007, consecutive dry seasons were putting unprecedented pressure on agricultural businesses across the South East and beyond.

Several more difficult seasons since then have confirmed for Chad that being prepared for dry years is absolutely vital in boosting the viability of farming enterprises such as his in the years to come.

“We need to be able to cope with variable seasons because the climate is always changing. It’s important to accept that and adapt accordingly,” he said.

“We’ve have to have a management plan in place to deal with a dry year and try to spread our risk as much as possible.

Chad, who farms alongside his father Kym, believes flexibility goes hand-in-hand in mixed farming operations which are typical of the Tatiara district. Helping ensure the Makins stay fully up-to-date on innovations which relate to their farm is Chad’s involvement with the MacKillop Farm Management Group. 

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Article as appearing in Stock Journal 15th November 2015