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On farm innovations that increase production   investing into soil profiling and organic matter to rejuvenate mature orchards – scott allcott
 

On farm innovations that increase production investing into soil profiling and organic matter to rejuvenate mature orchards – scott allcott

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    On farm innovations that increase production   investing into soil profiling and organic matter to rejuvenate mature orchards – scott allcott On farm innovations that increase production investing into soil profiling and organic matter to rejuvenate mature orchards – scott allcott Presentation Transcript

    • Mature Orchard RejuvenationMacadamia Farm Management Bundaberg Queensland
    • History• 25yr old trees• Low yield and quality• Tree disease issues• Poor soil health(old soils)• Low return on investment
    • Changed Practices• Increased chemical fertiliser• Increased organic matter• Increased pruning• Increased water use• Increased bee activity
    • Before - December 2009
    • After - October 2011
    • The Sun= More Value than all other inputs Value of the Sun=$$$$???
    • THE PLUG HOLE SYNDROME
    • Improvements = Results• Increase in YIELD• Increase in QUALITY• Increase in soil HEALTH• Increase in tree HEALTH• Decrease in PHYTOPHTHORA
    • 25 Year Old Trees Farm A - NIS @ 10%4.5 43.5 32.5 2 T/ha1.5 10.5 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
    • 25 Year Old Trees Farm B - NIS @ 10% 43.5 32.5 2 T/ha1.5 10.5 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
    • 25 Year Old Trees Farm C NIS @ 10% 43.5 32.5 2 T/ha1.5 10.5 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
    • Conclusion• Increase sun through regular pruning (Little and Often)• Improve soil health through consistent applications of organic matter• Maintain chemical fertilisers (Little & Often) (Finding the Balance)
    • “No Silver Bullet”
    • Time + Money + Hard Work = Returns• Total project is a long term carefully thought out process.• Total rejuvenation costs = $1200/haThis equates to 400 kg NIS per hectare…...