No-till farmer to visit
The country’s future agricultural innovators will be among people to hear from a world renowned soil farmer when Rick Bieber from South Dakota includes Longerenong College in his Australian tour.
Victorian No-Till Farmers Association, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and Longerenong College have joined forces to bring Mr Bieber to the Wimmera on March 15 as part of his tour of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
The free event, Soil Sessions with Rick Bieber, is open to college students, farmers, scientists and the broader community.
It starts in the college auditorium at 9.30am.
Vic No-Till executive officer Kerry Grigg said the event would provide an opportunity for people to hear from one of the world’s leading no-till farmers who has spoken around the world about soils and enterprise profitability.
“Rick is no stranger to Australia, Australian soils and our growing conditions,” she said.
“He has been visiting farms in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia since 2008 and speaks regularly with growers who want to reduce input costs, improve profitability and improve the health of their farm business. He has forged a reputation for inspiring growers to trust their own judgement, trust their soils and have faith that their soils will look after them, in terms of production and profitability.”
Mr Bieber took his farm at Trail City back from the bank and built a multi-million dollar crop and cattle operation through soil care.
His crops consistently yield well above the district average.
He grows more than 2000 hectares of cash crops including wheat, sunflowers, corn, alfalfa, peas and linseed.
He also grows cover-crop mixtures of warm and cool-season broadleaves and grasses and runs 600 head of cowscalves on more than 2000 hectares.
“Rick will provide ‘real numbers’ illustrating the increase in water use efficiency, reduction in input costs and increased profitability of ‘Bieber Farm’,” Ms Grigg said.
“Whether you produce beef, milk, wool, vegetables or grains, it all stems from good soil health.
“You’ll go home not only inspired to implement change but you’ll also have the ABCs of where to start.”
PRODUCTIVITY: Rick Bieber and Vic No-Till vice-president Grant Sims see how soils are responding to Mr Sims’ no-till farming system during one of Mr Bieber’s visits to Australia in November last year.