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Improving Sandy Soils through understanding soil pH and soil potassium status

The Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan has delivered several sandy soil related projects in 2019

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Agriculture Innovation Update

Wednesday June 12  Tintinara Memorial Hall, 1.15pm – 7.30pm

Go for the afternoon or just the session that interests you


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Crop Nutrition in the High Rainfall Zone (HRZ)

Tuesday June 18

8.30 - 11am

Starting at Struan House, followed by a site visit to Bool Lagoon


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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