John runs Dorper sheep as these will lamb every 6 months for him, so although there price at market may be a little lower - although this is changing, yield is king. John had to review his farm or sell it - the old cropping system during the drought just didn't pay. Since the U turn John has been able to pay off the old farm debts, his parents and his sisters. His farm also had literally thousands of tonnes of feedstock in reserve compared to his neighbours paddocks and even after the severe rainfall the area has seen, very little run off and soil erosion from Johns farm.
I have now smelt a lot of soil around the world and it is a full proof method of assessing soil health and microbial activity and for sure Cam has the best condition and smelling arable soils I have ever seen topped only by Johns soils - a truely lovely yummy sweet smell. The only additions John gives his pastures are two biodynamic preparations flown on one in Winter, one in Summer. -Jury's still out for me.
My reading has led me to believe I need a Brix meter - to measure plant sugars so today John and Cam demonstrated it to me - it seems a really good agronomists tool to monitor the crop to help decide when leaf tissues should be carried out.
Today was a very big school day.