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Derek Tiller

Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner

Derek Tiller, from Pinery in South Australia, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Nufarm. He researched improving emergence and vigour of plants in disc seeding systems.

Derek is co-manager of the 2650-hectare farm family farm, continuously cropping a rotation of wheat, barley, lentils, canola and beans. Derek is specifically responsible for seeding operations, including paddock preparation, nutrition, rotation and variety choice. The family has policies in place to further improve the land such as no burning of stubble, no livestock, no cultivation or hay.

Derek hopes to develop and use a superior all-in-one, one-pass seeding system to better combine Integrated Pest Management, conservation tillage and precision agriculture.

Being such a broad study topic, he says it had the potential to cover everything from seeding to post-emergent pesticides.

By investigating better seed placement and use of a liquid system to feed and protect the crop, Derek aims to better establish crops at target densities and therefore improve yield potential.

“To achieve our yield and sustainability targets, we upgraded to a zero-till disc seeder in 2015, but there are many modifications and management changes I can still make,” he explains.

Derek investigated this topic by visiting Argentina, Chile, Germany, the UK, USA and Canada.

Location: Pinery, South Australia
Scholarship report: click to view
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