LOXTON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, BULLA BURRA FARMS JOHN & ROBIN
“With the data we have on hand, we can allocate our resources to the highest yielding areas and save costs on the spots where more fertiliser won’t make a difference. It allows us to get more bang for our buck,” Robin said.
Bulla Burra Farms’ unique ownership model was created when long-time friends John Gladigau and Robin Schaefer combined their individual enterprises 11 years ago, to capture greater economies of scale without losing the heart and soul of a family business. That strategic move has since underwritten the success of Bulla Burra which is now sprawled across 10,000 ha of red, sandy soils outside Loxton, South Australia.
At the time of the merger an independent chairman was brought in to oversee the board and to ensure robust decision-making, while investment was made in new state-of-the-art John Deere machinery and technology to enhance on-farm production and efficiency through precision agriculture.
Jamestown, South Australia Scott Clark
“We are not a massive farm for our area, only mid-sized really, so we have to work to make sure every post is a winner.”
South Australian grain grower, Scott Clark, uses a powerful combination of both looking forward and looking back to make tough but fruitful on-farm decisions.
“As a season is progressing, we like to look at really strong data, including our predicted potential yield, and how it compares to the data we had at the same time in previous years,” explains Scott, who farms 1680 hectares near Jamestown in partnership with his brother, Luke.
Data is collated through a combination of weather stations and moisture probes, before being integrated with comprehensive historical farm records and real-time information sourced from John Deere equipment.
This data will guide the Clarks through the 2020 season which, after seeding in late May, is off to a strong start following a three-year dry spell from 2017, and severe frost last year.