Soil health in­te­gral to Binnu op­er­a­tion

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Es­tab­lished in 1910 just south of Binnu, “Car­sim Farms” has been de­vel­oped, im­proved and in­creased over the years by three gen­er­a­tions of as­tute farm­ers.

Com­pris­ing 4185ha, the com­plete op­er­a­tion in­cludes four farms — the orig­i­nal home prop­erty, “Goo­goo­lili”, plus “Iona”, “Tynedale” and “Ruffins South” — across 12 ti­tles, with high­way frontage and a com­bined to­tal of about 3114ha of arable land.

The crop­pable ar­eas are level to slightly un­du­lat­ing and com­prise a bal­ance of heavy red loams, medium yel­low sand over gravel and a portion of lighter yel­low sand­plain. Orig­i­nal veg­e­ta­tion for th­ese soil types com­prise york gum, jam, tam­mar, tea tree and pine.

The his­tor­i­cally re­li­able rain­fall sug­gests an av­er­age of 350mm an­nu­ally. Soil man­age­ment and health has been an in­te­gral com­po­nent of the ce­real, lupin and canola crop­ping pro­gram, with deep rip­ping and lime ap­pli­ca­tions per­formed for many years.

Con­trolled traf­fic farm­ing has also been in­stru­men­tal in the pro­gram, with all ma­chin­ery op­er­at­ing on a 13.6 me­tre, or 45 foot, swath width.

Com­ple­ment­ing this is a four-bed­room, one-bath­room brick and tile home, with an un­der­cover, be­low-ground pool and sep­a­rate spa.

Sea­sonal ac­com­mo­da­tion is pro­vided by way of a sep­a­rate three-bed­room, one-bath­room 1950s fi­bro home.

Fer­tiliser, grain, fuel and ma­chin­ery are all stored on “Goo­goo­lili”, through a com­bi­na­tion of in­fra­struc­ture. Grain stor­age ca­pac­ity is about 200 tonnes over six si­los, while fer­tiliser stor­age ca­pac­ity is about 280 tonnes, in a ce­mented 18m x 12m shed.

There are two ma­chin­ery sheds (32m x 15m and 18m x 12m), plus a 29m x 12m shear­ing shed that has been con­verted into a size­able work­shop with at­tached meat room and cool room.

A sea con­tainer hous­ing a 13kva back-up diesel gen­er­a­tor is also in­cluded in the sale.

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