Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner
Matthew Hill, from Esperance in Western Australia, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Matthew researched harvest residue management including control of weed seeds and the potential for value-adding chaff.
Matthew works in a family farming enterprise totalling approximately 13,000 hectares of owned and lease land. They crop up to 11,000 hectares annually and they also run a self-replacing merino ewe flock and 130 Angus cows.
Matthew has observed a swing towards cropping in Western Australia over the last few years, with an increase from 60 per cent to 80 per cent crop on his own farm. He says this, combined with a series of very poor starts over the same time period, is putting severe pressure on weed control and the chemicals used to control them.
Matthew believes that instead of burning or destroying the chaff, there is an opportunity to use it to produce stock feed or even energy. “I wanted to investigate how other countries are handling their crop residues and the uses that they are put to, such as feed, heat or power.
“Further I wanted to return to Australia with a design or plan for a mobile process that converts weed seed laden chaff into an inert product suitable for livestock feed or energy production,” Matthew adds.
Matthew toured the USA and Europe to inspect the technologies he needed to achieve his goals.
Location: Esperance, WA, 6450
Telephone: 0429 787 025
Scholarship report: not currently available
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