Farming for future
Sustainable methods give results for Mulgowie group
THE two farms are near 1700 kilometres apart but sustainable farming practices still apply whether its in Mulgowie or Boisdale – a good three hour drive east of Melbourne.
Mulgowie Farming Company’s dedication to sustainable farming practices has earned the business the Environmental and Sustainability Award at the 2019 Ausveg Vic awards for excellence.
Farm operations manager Michael Evans won the award for implementing an integrated crop management approach on the Boisdale farm since 2015.
The ICM has resulted in better crop rotations and carefully planning for sire selections of crops based on soil management and variety section.
Ausveg Vic state manager Tom Cohen said Mr Evans’ focus on sustainable farming practices casted a strong example to the wider community.
“Michael has been able to demonstrate the farm’s direction with good agricultural practices that are mindful of the environment and where safety, quality, productivity and continuous improvement are part of everyday activities,” Mr Cohen said.
In addition, Mr Evans has led the farm’s involvement in more than 50 large and small-scale trials for seed variety selection and chemical, fertiliser and farm management practices at the Victorian farm.
At present, the farm is testing precision agriculture technologies to get paddocks balanced with variable rate applications.
The winners from the Ausveg Victoria awards will join other state winners and national nominees at the Hort Connections 2019 National Awards for Excellence on June 26, in Melbourne.
The Lockyer Valley’s Anthony Staatz has previously won Ausveg Grower of theyear at the national awards.
MODERN OUTLOOK: Michael Evans, Mulgowie Farming Company, with his award.