Modern Farming Methods
Many Australian Modern Farming Methods
Many farmers have devised a methods to enable them to continue on their property as the "droughts and flooding rains" of our country roll by.
This site attempts to bring together in one reference point these many systems to enable our visitors to explore some of the options available.
You wont be able to install all of the ideas recorded below so just select one or two ideas and make a start on "climate change" proofing your land whether it be a town block or a million acres.
If you know of another modern system please advise me at so that it can be included in this site.
The late, P.A. Yeomans and particularly his son’s Allan & Ken have provided a significant influence to producers around the world through their development of the Keyline farming system.
The Challenge of Landscape
The Geographical Basis of Keyline (J MacDonald Holmes) 1960 (Originally) P A Yeomans’ work examined.
Keyline is being continued by the
Regrarian, a neologism of 'Regenerative Agrarian'. It is a term first coined by Darren J Doherty in 2013 to describe those who are actively undertaking the serious & timely process of regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rekindling and rebooting production landscapes, be they urban or rural, across the world.
Starting out, the 550 hectare farm shared the problems faced by most broad acre farms - salinity and water management issues.
Keyline plows and variations
The development of various versions of Keyline plows from 1994 to 2017.
Explanation of Keyline ordered set of principles, techniques and systems.
Wikipedia, provides a clear explanation of Keyline.
Tim Wright, “Lana”, Uralla. Planned grazing gives pasture a chance to respond after the first rain.
Published 10 Aug 2018 in "The Land" Newspaper.
FigTrees Organic Farms, Inverell and Grafton, NSW has been able to regenerate properties from tired conventionally run farms to thriving healthy landscapes bursting with abundance, the abundance that comes from caring for healthy soils.
Published 7 Aug 2018 in "The Land" Newspaper.
- Grasslands are vast landscapes that have the capacity, if properly managed, to address some of humanity’s most urgent challenges such as water and food insecurity, poverty, and climate change.
A new, creature friendly method of farming.
- Insects, birds & animals help us grow these bananas.
The Ecoganic™ farming system we created to grow our signature, wax tipped bananas means we farm in harmony with nature.
Soils for Life
- Encourage the widest possible adoption of regenerative landscape management practices across rural, remote and urban environments.
Read their many case studies, think how you could use some of the ideas.
Soil Food Web
- Dr. Elaine Ingham
Laboratory soil testing and soil biology consultancy services.
- Christine Jones
- A process that takes place in the chloroplasts of green leaves, carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and water (H2O) from the soil, are combined to capture light energy and transform it to biochemical energy in the form of simple sugars. These simple sugars are the building blocks for life in and on the earth.
The major priority is NOT production at all costs
- Gillian Sanbrook
The major priority is getting the soil and the land into a good, healthy condition.
- Darryl Cluff and Colin Seis
Cluff-Seis pasture-cropping technique involves the direct seeding of an annual crop into perennial native pasture.
- Colin Seis
The year-round ground cover created by using ‘pasture cropping techniques, results in reduced wind and water erosion, improved soil structure, reduced weed numbers, increased nutrient availability and increased levels of soil organic carbon.
Cattle & Market Garden
- Tobias and Beatrice Koenig
They incorporate all the basic organic principles and then comes the biodynamic approach.
Eco Tree Seeder
- Richard and Jenny Weatherly
The ‘Eco Tree Seeder’ is a versatile stump-jump seeder, with a three-point linkage, suitable for a wide variety of soils from heavy clay to sand and rocky soils. It has a scalping blade followed by three adjustable discs for seedbed preparation, a seed box with the option of placing fertiliser from a second box below the seed, a press wheel and a compactor roller.
- Jon and Vicki Taylor
Biodiversity is the variety of all living organisms, including plants, animals, fungi and microbes. Biodiversity is necessary for productive, resilient ecosystems. Their goal is to increase biodiversity for a healthier ecosystem, avoid overgrazing and reduce the land’s exposure to sun, wind, rain and frosts, to maintain a milder micro-climate.
Planting provided a real sense of achievement
- Peter Herriot
The planted areas on his farm provided a quiet place for him and his family members to think and rejuvenate.
Traditional Land Management Practices
- Rod Taylor
Rod has devoted himself to learning, teaching and sharing Traditional Land Management Practices and it has been his Dream to have the current landowners and land managers reintroduce Traditional Practices.
The Lazy Farmer
- Bruce Maynard
A method that sows crops into existing plant and litter cover without eliminating any other plants.
The Conscious Farmers
- Regenerating our farmland, soils & pastures by working with nature.
We practice the Bud Williams low stress stock handling principles.
400,000-acres - No stock
- David and Francis
They are slowly returning his childhood home in remote WA to its ancient splendour. In a landscape more than 3 billion years old, it's going to take a while.
ABC, Australian Story, November 2015
Creating a tourist ecology haven and finding a non-destructive way to run cattle.
John & Robyn Ive
- Reducing dryland salinity and achieving resilience by design.
Prepared a comprehensive plan to addressed the fundamental needs of variation in slope, aspect, soil depth, geology, vegetation and climate to achieve success.
Climate change forces Australian farmers to nurture land
- Jan and John Weatherstone
Reducing grazing pressure, caring for the soil, planting trees plus marketing tree and shrub seed.
Grain, sheep and a stone grinding flour mill
- Dayle and Terri Lloyd
A highly productive farm without using chemicals, requiring only very limited inputs, responsibly conserving earth’s limited natural resources.
Carbon Farmers Australia
- Storing carbon in your soils.
Planting native trees and shrubs (Native Forest)
Managing stock to allow native forest to grow
Natural Intelligence Farming
- Ian and Dianne Haggerty
Natural Intelligence farming has the potential to sustainably regenerate the agricultural landscape, restore biodiversity and to sequester greenhouse gasses in the soil as beneficial soil carbon.
Agroforestry in Australia
- Rowan Reid
The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit.
Resource Consulting Services (RCS)
- Terry McCosker
For nearly 30 years RCS has been inspired to work with Australian farmers to create our vision of an agricultural industry.
We knowingly acquired a bit of a challenge. I didn’t want a place where everything was done.
- John Ive
It was just so rundown, neglected, totally gullied and barren, and oozing salt all through the landscape. It was pushing to carry one dry sheep to the acre.
Successful Farmers and Experts
- Farming Secrets
Farming Secrets is often out on the road filming farmers successfully making the change to healthier soils.
A chain of Ponds
- John Douglas
Constructed these ponds around 1983. There are 19 altogether in this sequence down a slope over some 150 metres. Only one or two don’t hold water. All are well revegetated with wetland plants.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology Water and the Land web site aims to provide an integrated suite of information for people involved in primary production, natural resource management, industry, trade and commerce.
The website brings together a range of services from rainfall forecasts for the week ahead to climate change and trend maps in an easily accessible and intuitive way.
Drought - Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Climate Data Online
Use the Text or Map to view daily and monthly statistics, historical weather observations, rainfall, temperature and solar tables, graphs and data for any Australian weather station.
A search for "drought mitigation" in Google produced these sites.
Try your luck to see what you can locate.
Call of the Reed Warbler
by Charles Massey.
This ground-breaking book will change the way we think of, farm and grow food.
Back from the brink
by Peter Andrews
He has had remarkable success in converting degraded, salt-ravaged properties into fertile, drought-resistant pastures.
Restoring Farm Woodlands for Wildlife
by Researchers from Canberra Uni.
Mainly refers to tree and shrub planting but also refers to productivity and live stock health.
It is based on 20 years of intensive field research.
The Biggest Estate on Earth
by Bill Gammage
Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England.