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Procedures keep the business engine running.. Tasmania's Michael Chilvers sees business procedure as the essence of a sustainable and flexible enterprise... While Michael spent 22 weeks travelling through 16 countries (including Chile, China, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine and Uruguay, as well as others in Europe and North America) studying farming business management structures, his wife Fiona managed their 1080-hectare mixed farm south of Launceston...
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Michael began working full-time with his parents, Nina and Peter, on the family farm at Nile in 1992, with Bill, Jo and Rob later joining the business... Of the 3100 hectares that Starston Farms had accrued before the separation, Michael and Fiona now farm 1080ha at Nile and have another 800ha jointly leased with Bill and Jill... Michael and Fiona grow poppies, peas, canola, lucerne hay, beans, wheat and barley, leasing out land for carrot and red beet seed, and sub-leasing ground for potatoes...
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Michael, who farms 5550 hectares with his wife Julia and parents Bevan and Molly, made a partial shift to VRT for fertiliser in 2009 and added variable rate seed to the mix in 2010... Although happy with the estimated five per cent savings they had made, Michael took the system further in 2006 by installing yield-mapping technology into the harvester, adding sectional auto-switching to the boomspray and purchasing a Flexi-Coil 4350 airseeding cart with the capacity for in-cabin adjustment of inputs... In view of this and to capture further savings during sowing in 2007 and 2008, Michael provided his seeding rig operators with a map for each paddock onto which he sketched "rough" production zones and the percentage by which he wanted them to increase or decrease the fertiliser rate...
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Michael, who farms 5550 hectares with his wife Julia and parents Bevan and Molly, made a partial shift to VRT for fertiliser in 2009 and added variable rate seed to the mix in 2010... Although happy with the estimated five per cent savings they had made, Michael took the system further in 2006 by installing yield-mapping technology into the harvester, adding sectional auto-switching to the boomspray and purchasing a Flexi-Coil 4350 airseeding cart with the capacity for in-cabin adjustment of inputs... In view of this and to capture further savings during sowing in 2007 and 2008, Michael provided his seeding rig operators with a map for each paddock onto which he sketched "rough" production zones and the percentage by which he wanted them to increase or decrease the fertiliser rate...
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Cover story: Southern region - Yields encourage Tasmanian cereals coversoutha.. As hosts of Southern Farming Systems trials in Tasmania last year, the Bradley and Chilvers families' farming partnership witnessed some spectacular results... The yields, along with the results from the trials, which were funded by the GRDC's high-rainfall-zone wheat-breeding program, indicate that high-input crops have a promising future in Tasmania, where an increasing proportion of farmland is turning to cereals...
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CWFS has offered mentoring to Michael during the past two years... In Year 11 Michael spent an average of three hours a week with CWFS to experience what a career in agriculture and research might involve... Michael says tests have shown that soil pH at Ungarie in central NSW has declined from 5.2 to 4.6, causing plant roots to become stunted and not reach their yield potential...
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CWFS has offered mentoring to Michael during the past two years... In Year 11 Michael spent an average of three hours a week with CWFS to experience what a career in agriculture and research might involve... Michael says tests have shown that soil pH at Ungarie in central NSW has declined from 5.2 to 4.6, causing plant roots to become stunted and not reach their yield potential...
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WA grower's yield app wins Grain Inventors competition.. "My primary motivation for developing the app is not to generate profits, but to make available to the wider industry a tool that can improve the viability of Australian farm businesses and make a profound difference to the way our major input decisions are made.".. "We have saved literally hundreds of thousands of dollars over a number of below average seasons, purely through informed rational decisions that were made at a time when the crops were looking a million dollars," Mr Fels said...
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Cereal grazing can assist with weed control in wheat during winter and spring... Dr Dove says grazing can start as soon as cereal plants are well anchored - use the 'tug test' - and when the amount of forage exceeds one tonne of dry matter per hectare... Michael had a footy mate at Deniliquin, New South Wales, who was irrigating EGA Wedgetail and he thought it was worth a trial in the Mallee: "We really wanted to think outside of the box and try something different to make use of the stored soil moisture," he says...
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