Case Study | Almonds | Red Cliffs, Vic

BioAg Case Study No 13: Almonds, Barry & Jan Hensgen, Red Cliffs, Victoria. The adoption of a biological nutrition program has rejuvenated 2,900 almond trees that were languishing under the ill-effects of a high input management system. Red Cliffs district almond grower, Barry Hensgen, began applying a high-input fertiliser program across his two blocks on the advice of a consultant several years ago. “This program aimed to achieve a yield of about 3.1 tonnes kernel per ha, which was about 30 percent higher yields than the industry average,” he said. “The basic idea was that the more we fed our trees, the higher our yield. This seemed logical to us, and sheep-like, we put on more and more fertiliser, far …