AGRONOMY CONSULTING SERVICES

 

Our business is focused on assisting you to identify, plan and implement the key management decisions in developing and sustaining your pasture systems.

Pasture Establishment and Management
We will provide you with the latest agronomy technology in pasture improvement, including paddock preparation, pasture selection, establishment methods, weed and pest control, soil fertility management, fertiliser use and grazing management. We can also coordinate and conduct various farm contracting services to add significant value to your pasture programs.

Pasture Landscape Systems
There is a wide range of pasture systems available to match various agricultural land classes, including native pastures, introduced temperate and tropical grass and legume species . We can expertly advise you on the areas within your property which are best suited to each system, and formulate management strategies to sustain these.

Pasture Selection
Through our extensive field and pasture research experience, we can provide you with pasture and forage crop recommendations, as well as our preferred pasture blends for cattle, sheep, dairy or horse enterprises.

Equine Property Development
We are engaged and retained by Australia’s leading thoroughbred studs to design and implement their farm and pasture development programs. We work alongside a vast project team from property owners, to farm managers, architects, building contractors, fencing contractors, irrigation consultant and government agencies to ensure every project is undertaken to the highest professional standard.

Farm Mapping and 5 Year Farm Development Plan
A property map is an integral tool for farm planning. Farm mapping services can be undertaken. After evaluation and mapping of your property, we can provide you with a 5 Year Pasture Development Plan and Budget.

Farm Business Reviews
Financial planning and business performance reviews are an integral part of a commercial farm business. Through our associates, we can arrange these confidential services.

Agricultural Land Use and Capability Assessment
We have extensive experience in undertaking agricultural land use suitability and capability assessment for farm planning and environmental assessment projects. 

Farm Appraisal
We can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in your property or proposed property purchase. We can then provide you with guidelines in regards to farm development and management priorities. We can also carry out a full farm appraisal on a property before purchase.

Legal Support Advice
Legal support and expert witness for agricultural related matters. We can assist your legal team during matters of an agricultural nature. With our extensive agronomic experience we have been engaged on several occasions to provide expert opinions in legal proceedings.

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Is this a sign !!
It is interesting that over the last 2 weeks and again this morning during a client project , we have seen several Goannas in our daily work , in many and different locations, doing their thing and then climbing up a nearby tree. That’s probably more than I have seen in probably 20 years.
Goannas have spiritual significance with the Aboriginal people.
I like this story
The Spiritual meaning of the Goanna, is inner power and strength and hasn’t everyone had to find that in this drought.
Aboriginal elders would say “ if you come by a goanna climbing up a tree, it is calling for RAIN to bring back life to the land, calling to the spirits, who may be willing to listen and send RAIN !!!
We hope the “rain spirits” are listening and willing !
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Our most EXTREME rock picking project now completed !
Most rocks were rockmelon to 20 litre drum size with some larger rocks 60 cm across, as seen in pictures. This work has turned a previously heavily rock covered paddock with limited productivity , poor eye appeal and low land value, into now clean country that can now go under a pasture redevelopment program to greatly improve productivity, safety, usability and value.
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Much of the Upper Hunter was very fortunate to get around 25-50 mm yesterday, with most recordings tending to be around the 20-30 mm bracket. Nice fall , but we all know good follow up rain is needed.
The following table for November rainfall data, provides you with a little insight into the probabilities of certain rain events. Big rainfall events are rare , small single rain events are more the norm, generally less than 20 mm in any single rain event. Getting more than 150 mm in November is very rare with only 5% of Novembers recording over 150mm. The lowest November recording 1mm in 1936 ,highest 177 mm in 1961, with an average around 59mm.

Based on the last 118 years of rainfall data , to get around 25 mm or the old 1 inch of rainfall in a single day recording, like yesterday, is only a 34% chance or 1 in 3 chance. There is only a 3% chance of getting 50 mm in a single fall and no previous recordings of more than 100 mm in a single event.
The chances of getting bigger rainfalls in November obviously increase with extra days eg over 7 days or over 30 day month. For example there is a 53% chance of getting more than 50mm in the month and a 15% chance of getting more than 100 mm. Refer to my table to pick your bets !

Little rain for next week but expecting some rain again around mid November.
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Here she comes ! Not long now as I am sure you are all tracking. Best looking rain front for sometime. With good falls in western NSW it looks very promising !! Hope we see 100 mm of steady rain over night. ... See MoreSee Less

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GOOD NEWS RAINFALL STORY ! MAYBE….
Looking at my detailed tables attached, it is very clear that drought periods of 12, 18 and 24 months have been a regular feature of our climate history and cycles. This is not some new climate phenomena and similar events have been occurring over the last 100 plus years. Yes 2017 to 2019 will be written into the drought history pages, like the others before it.
I have looked at the rainfall data for Scone to determine the DRIEST 12 months, 18 month and 24 month periods prior to 30 September, in any year , from 1874 to 2019, to see if it can provide some indication of the possible rainfall scenarios for the coming Oct-Dec period, that everyone is hanging on to for rain.
The TOP 5 DRIEST years, for 12 months, 18 months and 24 months prior to September are presented. All the well-known “DROUGHT CULPRITS” show up throughout this list. Yes, periods in this drought from Oct 2016 to Sept 2019, make several appearances in this drought show!
Looking through the Tables, (which you will need to study), you will see that we did get some decent rain events in these following 3 months. The long-term average for Scone in October to December is 184 mm.
These very dry periods have tended to see from a low of 117 to a high of 290 mm and an average of 192 mm. In fact, in most of these years they saw around average rainfall, which is well above what we have been seeing!
The Federation Drought period of 1st Oct 1900 -30th Sept 1902 shows up to have a 2 year drought rainfall pattern and amount very similar to 1st Oct 2017-30 Sept 2019 !!!!.
Most other drought periods in this list tended to follow very similar patterns. See our Maps. Rainfall amounts and distribution look amazingly similar.
So maybe the rainfall received in the 1st Oct to 31 Dec period in 1900-1902 might also be a guide to what might occur in Oct-Dec 2019???
The NSW rainfall map from Oct to Dec 1902, following the drought of Oct 1900-Sept 1902 shows good rainfall, possible areas of flooding in coastal areas with around average rainfall for inland and nearby ranges including the Hunter. Will it do the same?
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