Improving the soil has its benefits

Headlines of record yields have a rough edge since they can be associated with short-sighted industrial farming methods, with unthoughtful pesticide- and ad hoc fertiliser use. But if you look closer at how we continue to deliver record yields on our farms in Victoria and Western Australia, there is a more encouraging story to be found.

What we see today on our Victorian farm Mt Elephant, even in a year with average rainfall, is the result of years of soil improvement work and farming in harmony with nature. It is also a testament to using cutting edge science, like drones that capture bird’s-eye footage of crops to spot any inconsistencies, pests or diseases.

It is a promising story of how we married high yield agriculture with a deep concern for the environment.