Investing in crop diversity
Looking at new crops
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
DEDICATED: Emma Robinson has worked hard to build up her citrus company.