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  • Hay enterprise underpins crop expansion
    Southern, 22 Jun 2021
    Hay enterprise underpins crop expansion

    A sophisticated export hay enterprise has provided a profitable, low-risk foundation for a South Australian family’s cropping expansion at Lameroo in the southern Mallee region. Grower, agronomist and GRDC southern region panelist Lou Flohr says the total farm area, including owned and leased land, has more than doubled from 2000 to 4500 hectares in the past five years.

  • Hay enterprise provides risk buffer for crops
    Southern, 15 Jun 2021
    Hay enterprise provides risk buffer for crops

    Flohr and Co – a farming partnership between Lou Flohr and Andy Hunt, and Lou’s parents Gary and Janet Flohr – has built a hay enterprise that provides important refuge from seasonal risk at Lameroo in South Australia's Mallee region. The hay enterprise has also lifted the overall productivity and profitability of the 4500-hectare mixed farm business which, in turn, has facilitated cropping expansion.

  • Dodging frost a numbers game
    Southern, 07 Jun 2021
    Dodging frost a numbers game

    The statistics behind sowing and flowering times guide South Australian grower James Venning’s approach to frost avoidance. A small portion of his land on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is subject to frost, and it is this area that has been the focus of his recent experiments with new wheat varieties.

  • New equipment improves crop establishment for Crystal Brook grower
    Southern, 20 May 2021
    New equipment improves crop establishment for Crystal Brook grower

    Farming on the sandy clay loams of Crystal Brook, the Sargent family have been early adopters of no-till farming since 1999 and believe that crop establishment is key for success.

  • Crop establishment learnings from the Wimmera
    Southern, 20 May 2021
    Crop establishment learnings from the Wimmera

    For the Rethus family, who farm around Horsham, good crop establishment is critical for success.

  • Deep thinking drives machinery development
    Southern, 18 May 2021
    Deep thinking drives machinery development

    The Vennings - Todd, Brad and David - purpose-built a subsoil manuring machine from 2019 to 2021 to improve the structure of duplex brown soils, particularly the heavy clay subsoil, on their family farm at Hamilton, Victoria. The novel machine aims to remediate the soil structure with two particular functions – deep ripping and deep placement of organic matter.

  • On-farm test spurs novel machine
    Southern, 17 May 2021
    On-farm test spurs novel machine

    Todd and Brad Venning have built a novel subsoil manuring machine to ameliorate waterlogging-prone soils on their property near Hamilton, Victoria.

  • Confidence secures role for pulse
    Southern, 10 Apr 2021
    Confidence secures role for pulse

    Lentils are not as difficult to grow as they sound – that is the major lesson Brad Dennis says he learned in his first three years of growing the crop at Baroota, north of Port Pirie on the east coast of South Australia’s Spencer Gulf.

  • Grower groups prove a valuable learning curve
    Southern, 09 Apr 2021
    Grower groups prove a valuable learning curve

    The GRDC Southern Pulse Extension project was established to help growers maximise income from pulses. Ground Cover spoke to some of the people involved in the project about its outcomes.

  • Fire adversity turned to opportunity
    Southern, 06 Apr 2021
    Fire adversity turned to opportunity

    South Australian grower Steve Jaeschke has turned the adversity of a fire into an opportunity for intensive soil amelioration works on his family's farm near Bordertown. The Jaeschkes' amelioration program includes clay spreading, delving, spading and deep ripping. It has not only remediated charred non-wetting sands, but also lifted the overall productivity and profitability of the family's farm business since the fire in 2018.

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