Nuffield Australia 2014 Scholarship winner
Greg Gibson, from Hagley in Tasmania, received a 2014 Nuffield Scholarship, supported by the Sidney Myer Fund.
He studied the latest drainage techniques, with the aim of increasing production on non‐performing ground through better water management.
Greg manages the family farm in northern Tasmania, a 530‐hectare intensive farming operation with a cropping program consisting of alkaloid poppies, onions, processing peas, broccoli and potatoes. Also grown are an array of seed crops including carrot, beet, clover and ryegrass seed. The grazing program consists of an Angus cow herd of 170 head and a 5000 head fat lamb trading operation.
With water logging a significant issue in the district, Greg’s studies focused on advances in drainage technology.
“We cannot continue to spend resources on ground that is not producing – bringing non‐performing ground into production through better water management and soil health is my goal.
“I wanted to gain a better understanding of water management, including Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI), soil moisture monitoring and drainage,” he explained.
Greg was particularly interested in the feasibility of farmers using a rear mounted drainage machine on their own tractors. He traveled to the USA, Canada and Europe.
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