In­vest­ing in crop di­ver­sity

Look­ing at new crops

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CROSS­ROADS Cit­rus owner and op­er­a­tor Emma Robin­son works with one eye al­ways to­ward the fu­ture lead­ing her to pur­chase a third prop­erty to di­ver­sify her pro­duc­tion.

Ms Robin­son is a cit­rus pro­ducer out­side Gayndah and her two prop­er­ties on ei­ther end of town spe­cialise in mainly im­pe­rial man­darins.

How­ever Ms Robin­son couldn’t turn up the op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in a prop­erty that she saw as hav­ing a lot to of­fer.

“It is re­ally sat­is­fy­ing when you can take some­thing and make it big­ger and bet­ter, im­prov­ing on it,” Ms Robin­son said.

“I love tak­ing some­thing that isn’t what it should be and turn­ing it into the best it can be and it is re­ally re­ward­ing when you look back on that.”

Ms Robin­son will look to try out some­thing dif­fer­ent to cit­rus when she takes over the prop­erty.

“Yeah it isn’t go­ing to be cit­rus,” Ms Robin­son said.

“There is some suit­able soil there for cit­rus but not enough to war­rant an orchid so I’ve got many ideas I’ve been pon­der­ing.

“I haven’t de­cided on ex­actly what I will start grow­ing there just yet though, at the mo­ment I am think­ing about pecans and maybe a duck farm.”

Ms Robin­son is look­ing to get the most she can out of the prop­erty.

“The pecans grow up out of the ground and of­fer ducks a nat­u­ral pro­tec­tion from other fly­ing preda­tors,” Ms Robin­son said.

“And they would clean up un­der the trees them­selves, so it would be good to sort of get two birds with one stone.

“All I would need to do is put a small duck fence of chicken wire around for added pro­tec­tion and that wouldn’t be too costly.”

The prop­erty has var­ied soil but also of­fers the foun­da­tion Ms Robin­son needs to start things off.

“It’s got some re­ally good land and is a lit­tle closer to Bris­bane,” Ms Robin­son said.

“But it also has a mas­sive amount of water with upwards of 100 mega-litres of that be­ing drink­able water so that’s even bet­ter than be­ing next to the river.”

Ms Robin­son thought about crops that could fill in the down months be­tween pick­ing sea­sons.

“I thought about blue­ber­ries which are re­ally in­ten­sive dur­ing our down months but the prob­lem was dis­tance, it’s too far from Gayndah for staffing pur­poses,” Ms Robin­son said.

I love tak­ing some­thing that isn’t what it should be and turn­ing it into the best it can be and it is re­ally re­ward­ing when you look back on

that. — -Emma Robin­son

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

DED­I­CATED: Emma Robin­son has worked hard to build up her cit­rus com­pany.

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