Our experience covers a wide range of crops that can be grown including grain crops, oilseeds, pulses, food crops and fodder crops.
The exact crop to be grown will depend on a range of factors such as site conditions, markets and the skills and capabilities of operators. Areas of experience are detailed below.
- Continuous cropping Rotational cropping Cultivation
- Zero or minimum till Direct drill Controlled traffic Bed farming
Factors Influencing Crop Performance
- Climatic factors including rainfall, sunlight and frost
- Site conditions including topography and drainage
- Soil conditions including soil type, depth of soil plus chemical and physical properties Paddock history and suitability for each crop
- Labour resources
- Crop inputs including seed, fertiliser and chemicals
- Sowing date
- Marketing, including cash sales, pools, forward contracts and futures contracts
Profitability At Two Levels
- The returns from producing the crop
- The returns from marketing the crop
Our experience is that with the right strategy, often the returns from alternate marketing strategies can be as significant as the returns from production.
It is important to identify what is the limiting factor in crop production. In other words, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Our experience is that many farmers add more inputs in order to lift production, when the level of inputs is not the limiting factor. In such situations all the extra inputs do is to increase costs and reduce profits. In many cases, the limiting factors in crop production are management decisions such a crop selection, paddock selection and sowing time.
With any cropping programme, it is important to leave a little room for nature to work. That is, to benefit from the upside but limit the downside.