Farm­ing for fu­ture

Sus­tain­able meth­ods give re­sults for Mul­go­wie group

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MOD­ERN OUT­LOOK: Michael Evans, Mul­go­wie Farm­ing Com­pany, with his award.

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