No-till farmer to visit

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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.

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