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September 12, 2011 Sustainable fertiliser boosts production efficiency in Patoka

When Gary and Gaylene Peddle were at the point where they had to ask themselves whether their business was a sustainable one, they knew they’d have to evaluate everything. Their 1,600ha property was already a good producing farm but they were starting to question whether it was an economical one.

Size of farm (effective) 1200ha
2010 Hatuma DP product used and rate: Hatuma No.145 300kg/ha (0:1:8:0:4)
2011 Hatuma Dicalcic product used: HDP No.7S (0:4:0:10) at 320kg/ha

Gary Peddle

‘We needed a fresh and innovative approach,’ recalls Gary, ‘one that was less stressful but kept up productivity.

Six years ago, we applied 320kg/ha of Hatuma Dicalcic Phosphate┬« 10%S to start with and since then we’ve gone from strength to strength. It’s been a real success story.

We’re getting two growth seasons of clover now per year that we never had. We had areas where we couldn’t get anything to grow, but now clover is appearing across the farm from nowhere, even up through the ratstail.’

‘Our whole business now surrounds sustainability. For us to achieve this we need to be able to move into the future.

The old ‘high-input’ model wasn’t sustainable and, from what we’re seeing here, I think we’ve now got it right.’

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