The Deep Ripping Field Day run in collaboration with Mallee Sustainable Farming and AGRIvision Consultants is preparing for a big turnout of farmers and advisers, Tuesday 12th of March as farmer interest in deep ripping reaches an all-time high.
Field Day Coordinator, Brad Bennett from AGRIvision Consultants based in Ouyen has said the field day was organised in response to growing demand from farmers looking for more info on deep ripping on Mallee sandy soils.
“The results show that ripping is working with significant yield responses observed in 2018. Farmers are eager, but there is a lack of knowledge around the technical elements of successfully implementing ripping on farm, such as optimum depth, tyne spacing, tyne design and machinery requirements”, explains Brad.
A number of technical experts will be presenting at the ripping day including soil amelioration expert Wayne Parker, Research and Development Officer from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in WA.
Also in attendance will be, research staff from the GRDC Sandy Soils project and 5 machinery manufacturers with their different ripping machines. In the afternoon there will be a demonstration of the ripping machines that range in levels of soil disturbance, and farmers will be able to watch the machines in operation.
Field day organisers hope that farmers will leave the day with a better idea of machinery set up required to achieve the best outcome.
“This day will connect people with farmer experts that are leading the way with ripping as well as researchers working on the GRDC Sandy Soils Project”, adds Michael Moodie, Frontier Farming Systems Research Agronomist involved with sandy soils research.
The full day event will begin at 9am at Ian and Mick Hasting’s property, 1060 Pathcewollock Rd, Ouyen Victoria, and end at 4pm. BBQ lunch will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the Ouyen School.
END: Media contact: Tanja Morgan, Program Manager, 0429 395 918
Media Release ripping day 7.3.19