Wheat cropping trial, Victoria, 2010

Evaluation of BioAg Biostimulants for improving crop growth and yield in wheat Lake Bolac, Victoria, Australia 2010 Agrisearch Services Pty Ltd Summary results All treatments significantly increased crop yield compared to the untreated control.   Lake-Bolac-AgResearch-trial Wheat cropping trial, Victoria, 2010 was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by BioAg

Case Study: Viticulture in the Sunraysia

Viticulture

The adoption of a biological nutrition program and an advanced irrigation scheduling system has paid major dividends for Sunraysia grape growers, John and Alison Wrate. Running a small vineyard planted to two hectares of Chardonnay and 3.5 ha of Shiraz grape vines, the Wrates are achieving yields and quality well in excess of the district average. John attributes his success to his willingness to use external consultants and adopt new ideas. “I have no aspiration to be the biggest, so I want to be the best little grower around,” he said. “When I started growing grapes 15 years ago, I was putting out a bag of this or that and relying on other people for free advice. Then I started using a consultant and later an agronomist who gradually introduced me to the BioAg approach. “I was already growing good quality fruit and yield, but I have always been interested …

Case Study: Growing Organic Beef on Victorian Pasture

The adoption of biological farming principles has enabled north Victorian beef producer, Craig Sobey, to rejuvenate a run-down property to the point where it has almost doubled productivity in the past five years. The Sobey family bought the Rochester-district property, “The Castle”, in 1999 but it was not until late 2001 when Craig started to develop his dream of creating an organic beef enterprise that things really started to change. A fourth-generation farmer who trained as a cost engineer and spent most of his career in Asia, Craig decided to apply science-based methodologies to his new farming enterprise. “I was completely new to farming but it made sense to go forward with a biological or organic farming approach because it has sound, science-based principles behind it,” he said. “You can add, subtract and change the outcomes, whereas a lot of conventional farming seems to be hammering a round peg into …

Case Study: Growing Pasture in Victoria

The adoption of biological farming techniques six years ago has allowed Victorian chaff producers, Jeff and Gae Dalton, to grow top quality lucerne on a block that had previously repulsed their best efforts to establish the crop. The Daltons mill and bag their own chaff from lucerne grown on 100 hectares of irrigated land which they own, lease or share-farm near Swan Hill on the Murray River. Their business, Kiambra Stock Feeds, markets a range of premium quality bagged lucerne, oats and molasses chaff in produce stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The chaff is favoured by racehorse owners and trainers and is supplied to horses at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Dalton family has been on the 53 ha home block for half a century but when Jeff took it over 25 years ago it was, in his words, “waterlogged paspalum, rushes, couch grass, boulders and snakes”. Jeff …