WE ARE THE PASTURE IMPROVEMENT SPECIALISTS

Ross Watson Agriculture provides pasture improvement and management advice throughout eastern Australia. Key areas of influence are the Hunter Region of NSW, Northern, Central and Southern Slopes, Tablelands and the coastal areas of NSW.

Agronomy Consulting

We will assist you to develop, plan and implement a comprehensive pasture development and management program for your farm .

Our point of difference is that we combine over 30 years of leading pasture agronomy knowledge with

30 years of practical, hands-on pasture establishment and management experience.

Improve Farm Productivity

Ross Watson is well recognised and respected within the agronomy service industry,  for his broad knowledge and practical experience in all areas of pasture establishment and management.

He will work with you on a “one-on-one” basis to develop a sustainable pasture improvement and management program , which contributes to improved farm profitability.

Farm Contracting

We are the leading Farm Contracting Service in the Upper Hunter region of NSW. We operate a modern, well maintained fleet of tractors and farm machinery to complete all operations required in pasture management and pasture establishment. Our professional and experienced Farm Services Division are regularly engaged to develop and implement all stages of property development and pasture improvement.

MORE THAN 30 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

PASTURE IMPROVEMENT AND AGRONOMY SERVICES

We are focused on providing independent, experienced and professional pasture agronomy advice.

Ross Watson Agriculture provides pasture advice throughout eastern Australia. Key areas of influence are the Hunter Region of NSW, Northern, Central and Southern Slopes, Tablelands and the coastal areas of NSW. We provide quality advice on all temperate and tropical pastures as well as lucerne, forage crops and forage herbs. We do consult in other areas of Australia, as well as overseas.

We have more than 30 years professional and practical experience in all aspects of whole farm pasture development and planning, as well as pasture establishment and pasture management techniques. Our pasture advisory services primarily focus on servicing equine, beef, dairy and sheep enterprises, along with whole farm planning.

There are very few agronomy services in Australia with the breadth of pasture skills and experience of Ross Watson Agriculture. We are recognised leaders in pasture improvement technology. If you are serious about making your property and farm business stand out from the crowd, you have come to the right place!

Our Agronomy Consulting and Farm Services team has over 40 years of combined experience and expertise in whole farm pasture development and establishment. We are even available to carry out complete farm appraisals before selling or purchasing a property. You can have complete confidence in our pasture development plans and advice.

Take a look around our site and see the full range of services we currently provide to our clients.

If you have questions please contact Ross Watson direct on 0428 658 704.

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FOR PRIVATE SALE . SCONE. NSW.
Our 2012 John Deere 6330 Premium Tractor , 110 HP with IVT transmission , fitted with John Deere 673 SL loader and JD bucket .
This is an excellent quality tractor. Always shedded and well maintained.
Aways regularly and fully serviced by dealer, immaculate condition inside and out. Excellent order mechanically. Tyres good.
This is the Premium series JD tractor with premium light package, 3 rear remotes, 3rd function on loader, premium seat, has Topcon GPS fitted , Two Way and Radio Unit.
Tractor fully serviced at 6000 hrs. Has 6240 hrs on now. Rare opportunity to find tractor of this quality and specs.
The first to see is likely to buy.
Please contact 0428 658704 or PM if you are genuinely interested.
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Such great silage making conditions!
Our Farm Services team have been out making high quality and high density round bale, oats plus ryegrass silage with our John Deere 6135R and Krone CV 150 XC Baler and Wrapper all in one machine - punching out another big load of bales!
Our Krone Baler produces even, high density bales, which is so critical (as seen across this paddock). They are immediately wrapped in 6 layers of quality silage plastic, as they come out of the baler. Such an efficient, one man operation!
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The biological control of Patersons Curse , is now one of the great success stories in biological weed control in Australia.

Full credit to the great research work of CSIRO back in the early 1980-1990’s , in collaboration with State Depts of Ag and dedicated producers. The successful biological control of Patersons Curse has been building and spreading significantly over the last 20 years.

There was 1000’s upon 1000’s of acres of good grazing land that were always smothered in Paterson Curse, in the Upper Hunter and much of central & southern NSW as well as Victoria, only 25 -30 years ago. Today , it is hard to find a really bad paddock of Patersons Curse anywhere now. The bio agents are around and they will find it.
Back in the mid 1990’s in my role as District Agronomist at Scone , I undertook the first initial releases of biological agents for Paterson Curse. It is great to see many district paddocks now benefitting from that work.

Today I was out working with Barry Sampson , Bio Weed Guru , on a location east of Scone, assessing the strong biological agent activity on a once dense paddock of Patersons Curse. Today it’s only about 20% of infestation it once was. Spring is a good time to see bio agent damage and activity.

The strong combination of the Crown Weevil and the Flea Beetle is doing the bulk of the control in this area and most regions now . Other bio agents such as the Root Weevil , the Leaf Miner and the Flower Weevil tend to play a lesser role .The bio agent’s are now widespread and well established on most farms now. Look for weak, dying and blackened plants now.

The days of Patersons Curse as a significant weed are now numbered. Great to find the bio agents rebuilding and surviving the drought too. Unfortunately not all bio control programs are always as successful as this one has proved to be.
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Annual Medics are prolific and knee deep in many pasture areas of the Upper Hunter, as well as NW and Central NSW. They have shown their strong post drought recovery ability due to their high hardseed content which survives droughts and their rapid spring growth to help pasture recovery. In many areas they are dominant and presenting bloat issues.
Medics, were introduced during early settlement and several varieties eg Burr Medic , are widely naturalised throughout Australia. They prefer medium to heavy textured soils with near neutral to alkaline soil pH ( pH 5.5 to 7.5).
There are many new medic lines available with improved aphid tolerance , disease resistance , some SU herbicide tolerance and dry matter production.
Medics can be considered in pasture mixes in suitable areas.
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Clovers and other pasture legumes are the “engine room” of our pasture systems.
With improved seasonal conditions after several years of consecutive drought, now and the next 2 months, when these clovers are strongly evident and flowering , will be a valuable time to assess what sub clovers, medics and other pasture legumes have survived and persisted on your farm or district. Many varieties, particularly Sub Clovers can be readily identifying by specific leaf markings, flower markings and stem features.
Knowing what varieties are persisting and producing is invaluable information. Success leaves clues!
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