Having spent a number of years practicing minimum tillage on his Glenorchy farm in the southern Wimmera, this year saw local identity Stewart Macpherson upgrade his equipment to a single disc planter. After researching various options he settled on converting his existing airseeder using Excel single disc units… Read more »
Direct seeding of rice has been shown to decrease the damage done by ducks and other birds on young crops. Without the standing water ducks are less likely to land on the crop in the critical early emergence period. The seed is also protected by the soil so even if the birds do land and have a chew at the emerging seedlings they do not… Read more »
From the 1st of July the Australian Government will be offering a 15% refundable tax offset for purchase of eligible conservation tillage equipment. This offset is available for purchase of new disc seeders delivered between July 1st 2012 and 30 June 2015. Read more »
With the widespread adoption of conservation farming techniques such as zero/minimum till and controlled traffic, modern farmers are finding themselves faced with both emerging challenges and opportunities in the broadacre farming industry.
Improved soil structure, reduced water run off, better soil moisture retention are all by-products of the adoption of these conservation farming techniques and are the driving factors behind growth in profitability and sustainability for the industry. Read more »
Edgeroi farmers Philip and James O'Regan recently replaced their conventional tine planter with a new, state-of-the-art Excel Stubble Warrior, which has already saved time, labour and fuel, and will increase this season's yield.
Philip and James share a partnership in the property Koyuga, about 11 kilometres east of Edgeroi. They used their new high-tech Excel planter to sow almost 3000 acres this season and have been impressed with the results. Read more »
Bruce Hunt from Bordertown South Australia, comments on their initial requirements for a new seeding system and the results achieved by their final choice… Read more »
Liverpool Plains conservation farmer Trevor Pengilley is boosting profitability and yields by using an Excel Agriculture Stubble Warrior SP-200 double disc planter.
Trevor and wife Jeanne winter crop wheat and barley and summer crop sorghum and sunflowers at Blackville near Quirindi on the southern edge of the Liverpool Plains in New South Wales. They progressively moved into zero till farming from 1993 to control erosion, conserve moisture, improve soil structure, reduce costs and increase yields. Read more »
Upgrading from minimum till to zero till farming systems two years ago has sured up Darling Downs farmers Craig and Jenny Ruhle's ability to produce crops regardless of seasonal conditions.
Farming 631 hectares of soft eastern downs self-mulching soil at Norillee, Bongeen has certain advantages but does not guarantee success. Read more »
Central Queensland farmer, Chris Bruce, operates a Stubble Warrior with 650lb tined configuration on parallelogram and harvested one of his shire's best wheat crops last year. The season was far from smooth sailing with just 76 points of pre-plant rain and no in-crop rain at all.
Mr Bruce manages “Deepwater”, west of Moura, for Meandarra-based owners Brett and Carol Wilson, and said he harvested five bags per hectare of wheat and 10 bags/ha of chick peas last season. Read more »
The 'incredible benefits' of zero till farming have allowed southern Liverpool Plains farmers Neil and Geoff Barwick, Yarrabah, Willow Tree to boost yields by 50 per cent within two years.
Neil Barwick says this year promises “pretty good yield but lousy prices” but points out that using zero till to get a crop in the years when many other areas in Australia miss out has been financially very beneficial. Read more »
A SORGHUM crop described by Premer Shield judge Loretta Serafin from NSW Agriculture as …a beautifully even crop with extremely high yield and good plant stand‧ has earned southern Liverpool Plains farmers Neil and Geoff Barwick, Yarrabah, Willow Tree this year's prestigious award. Read more »
With the widespread adoption of conservation farming techniques fertiliser application has become another challenge to overcome with stubble management and moisture retention high on the agenda. Read more »
Excel Agriculture's latest innovation is the Stubble Warrior - Row Planter designed for direct sowing winter crops into irrigation hills. The narrow row option can be configured to plant 6 or 8 rows into two metre beds or 4 rows into one metre beds at 200mm to 250mm row spacings. Read more »