JOHN AND MICHAEL RYAN
Darling Downs crop and cattle producers the Ryan family are making the biggest changes to their farm since adopting zero till in the early 2000s.
Michael, his wife Elissa, and parents John and Mary, recently implemented controlled traffic farming (CTF) at their Pilton Valley farm, complementing their uptake of variable rate (VR) seeding and imidazolinone-tolerant (IT) corn.
Fourth-generation farmer Michael Ryan said they were embracing select new technologies to improve soil productivity and respond to a changing climate.
“Zero till greatly improved the moisture-retaining properties of our paddocks, but we saw potential for more productivity increases and long-term savings.”
Mr Ryan said CTF was seen as a necessary move to fix soil compaction, and have gradually implemented it since the last summer crop season.