FARM CONTRACTING SERVICES

We offer a completely unique and professional service, where experienced agronomic advice is combined with practical and experienced machinery operation to implement your pasture programs, and achieve your production goals.

We have a range of modern, well maintained farm machinery to undertake the pasture establishment and maintenance programs for property owners. They include broadacre slashing, precision fertiliser spreading, offset ploughing, deep ripping, seedbed preparation, direct drilling pastures and forage crops, pasture establishment, hay/silage preparation and baling, boom spray application of agricultural chemicals for weeds and insect control.

Although we largely operate farm contracting service in the Upper Hunter region of NSW, we can also transport equipment on a low loader to clients in other areas, if needed, to ensure the job is done right.

This unique service adds major value to clients who do not have the expertise, time or cannot economically justify the high capital investment in farm machinery. Our services can also provide assistance to larger clients who need machinery support to complete key projects within a specific timeframe.

Our modern and well maintained equipment , is ready to help you get the job done right, every time !

Tractors–  110HP  and 135 HP John Deere Tractors.

Seedbed Preparation– 5 m Folding Powerharrows, Offset Disc Plough , Agrowplow Deep Ripper, Chisel Plough, Scarifier, Harrows.

Rock Picking – Schulte 10 ft Rock Rake/Windrower , Schulte Giant 2500 Rock Picker , Stone Picker Scarifier.

Pasture and Crop Sowing. 3m Davimac Baker Boot Direct Drill plus our Duncan 3m DD30 Precision Airseeder with Twin Disc Openers and presswheels.

Fertiliser Spreading- 1 tonne Amazone Precision Twin Spinner Spreader fitted with 1 tonne Bulka Bag Lift Crane and GPS Guidance.

Slashing/Mulching. 15ft Folding Schulte Mulching Slasher.

Hay & Silage Making. 3 m Krone Disc Mower Conditioner, Krone Twin Rotary Rake and our Krone Comprima CV 150 XC Hay and Silage Round Bale/Wrapper all in one

Horse Arena and Racetrack Surface Maintenance . Kiser 10 ft Dragmaster Arena Drag.

We can transport our equipment to major projects if required.

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19 hours ago

Ross Watson Agriculture

We're attending the Grasslands Conference of Southern Australia in Ballarat this week! Eager to listen, learn and contribute to this meeting of largest network of pasture agronomists from most of Southern Australia.
Wet and green from Gundagai to Ballarat. Looking forward to opportunity to meet and discuss pastures and forage production and management with other keen agronomists!
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This is just one of my favourite fertiliser trials, as it provides us with so many valuable lessons and "Take Home Messages"!!
This is one of around 15 pasture P+S fertiliser trials I have conducted throughout the Upper Hunter and one of around 80 other detailed pasture fertiliser trials , that we conducted in the 1990-1996 period, with other District Agronomists, throughout the Northern and Central NSW , when I was District Agronomist at Scone. This was probably one of the most comprehensive pasture nutrition studies ever undertaken in NSW.
Long term trials , which experience and are measured over a full range of seasons, from good years to severe drought like this one run between 1990 to 1996, is much more valuable than short term trials only done in a good season.
Please study this graph.
So what are my "Take Home Messages"
* Rainfall listed under each bar shows the rainfall from autumn to spring in that year. Scone long term average from May to October is 300mm, so you can see had every season in this 6 year period, from above average in 1990 (340mm) & 1993 (310mm) to severe drought in 1992 with only 70mm. You cant change the rainfall but you have total control how your pastures respond to rainfall.
* Fertilised pastures respond to rainfall , under all seasons, even in droughts better than unfertilised pastures.
*Fertilised pastures grew 2-3 times more pasture in both good and bad seasons, than unfertilised pastures. Even in the low rainfall year of 1992 & the dry winter period of 1994, we recorded more than double the pasture growth than what was grown on the unfertilised pasture.
*Unfertilised pastures fail to respond to rainfall, even in good seasons.
*On average, over these 6 years which experienced every season combination, we grew less than 500 kg/ha on the Unfertilised pastures from autumn to spring, while we grew on average over 2300 kg/ha with fertiliser applied.!!! With the same amount of RAIN !!!
* Over the 6 years, we only grew a total of 3300 kg/ha on the Unfertilised pastures , while we grew a total of 14000 kg/ha on fertilised pastures over that autumn to spring period !! That's over 3 times the feed with the same amount of RAIN !!!
Having pastures that can respond to rain events under both good and tough seasons , will be a critical issues in our challenging climate.

Some say they can`t afford to use fertiliser.....however this trial and many other trials show that, " You can`t afford NOT to fertilise your pastures !
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As posted on several previous occasions now, this drought (2017+2018) was amongst my "Gang of 5" worst drought periods in the last 100 years, breaking several records during the last 24-30 months. But this drought, as at June 2019, has decided to continue in this mode and become our driest recorded 2 year June to June period, in some 118 years of records. (See Graph).
In the graph attached, the lower heavy line is our current cumulative rainfall over this 2 year period and shows how it has departed from the other years for lowest cumulative rainfall. We compare this line to all other 2 year periods, which appear as the "mares tail" fine lines across the graph. The central darker line being the median cumulative rainfall line for Scone.

Over this 2 year period, (June 2017 to June 2019) Scone has only recorded 699 mm which is 600 mm below the long term median rainfall for this period. Effectively we have only received around half our average rainfall for 2 consecutive years. When we look at its ranking for 3 year period (June 2016-June 2019) and 4 year periods (June 2015-June 2019) it is not the driest, but it is in the mix for these periods. Many areas in inland NSW continue to be severely affected by this drought.

One of the driest extended droughts in last 100 years appears to be the 1935-1941 period, when there was 7 consecutive years of drought like conditions. Fortunately most drought periods in recent times have been broken after 2 years of drought. Hopefully we are in that group? (For more reading see my Post on 22 March 2019.)

A 100 years of rainfall records is a 'blip" in Australia`s climate records and the last 100 years of data does not reflect the full range of drought and flood conditions experienced here. Recent Australian climate research looking at tree growth rings, coral cores as well as ice cores from Antarctica, is providing a clearer insight into now a 1000 years of climate data for South Eastern Australia. This work confirms Australia has over this period, experienced a highly variable climate fluctuating from combinations of wet and drought periods.

This research also confirms that seasonal droughts and megadroughts (more than 5 years drought) are not a recent man-made or new climate change phenomena, but have been a common occurrence over the last 1000 years . The longest drought period being 39 years in the period (1174 to 1212 AD), with researchers noting that this unparalleled drought was the exclamation point on a uniquely dry period in Australia, in which 80 of the 111 concurrent years (over the period 1102 to 1212 AD) persisted in drought.
Since the First Fleet arrived, in January 1788, they too were challenged by severe heat, droughts and floods, which makes interesting reading.
Remember, we do live on the driest inhabited continent in the world, but also every dry period has been followed by a wet period.
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Now listen up girls ! Listen up ! We know this drought has been tough and it's not over yet. I know you are all going to calve for the first time over the next few weeks and you will be OK , as you are all in great condition and we will look after you . Yes this drought is tough for everyone, stick together, support each other and lets all try to stay positive! It will rain again and the grass will grow. You are now dismissed ...carry on ! Murdoch 🐾 ... See MoreSee Less

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A long day but a good day, completing our pasture oversowing program for the Segenhoe (Stud) Group east of Scone. Management at Segenhoe Stud place a high importance on their pasture resources and the nutritional role they play in growing and feeding some of Australia's leading thoroughbred horses. ... See MoreSee Less

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