Farmers welcome wet season at Binnu Spring Field Day

This winter is shaping up to be a ripper season for growers, and our farming community at large, as we pass the season’s halfway mark.

Coming out of the spring field day held in Binnu recently, growers and agronomists are predicting that with good finishing rains, this harvest will be a vast increase over last year.

The Binnu field day – organised by the Northern Agri Group, with support from NACC – had a fantastic turnout of participants, and featured an excellent program of speakers who covered, and held interactive discussions on a wide range of agricultural trials, allowing farmers to compare notes on their winter crops.

Of key interest to NACC members and supporters was a fantastic presentation by Dr Margaret Roper of CSIRO, who spoke on the importance of soil biology in farming systems.

Another highlight was a presentation by Bindi Isbister from DAFWA, who talked about the benefits of deep ripping, covering in particular, the depth of deep ripping required to optimise crop yield, and impacts on plant available water capacity (PAWC).

The event was concluded by an inspirational speech by Andrew Mostyn, of the Craig Mostyn Group, who shared some of the lessons learnt from his family business.

“People often ask me if the family is more important than the business, or is the business more important than the family. My advice is: look after the business. If you look after the business, the family will prosper,” said Mr Mostyn.

NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe congratulated the Northern Agri Group for the success of their very well organised spring field day.

“It was a great event and learning activity, providing information and inspiration for all of the participants,” he said.

The spring field day was supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme as part of the NACC’s Regional Landcare Facilitator project.

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