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Wet weather delay 1

Wet weather delay

I wouldn’t say it went viral, but my post from last Thursday on ‘Tweeting with Tony Burke’ was extremely well received. I had lots of positive comments about it on twitter, and it was re-tweeted by several people, many with...

Tweeting with (not like) Tony Burke 5

Tweeting with (not like) Tony Burke

Just to really emphasise this let me restate: I was able to ask questions and receive instant responses from a member of federal cabinet just 4 days before a federal election*. Read that last sentence again and think about how social media is changing our world.

Country Communion 0

Country Communion

Last Sunday I was able to give the Communion address at the local church I attend. Yes, I’ve just publicly outed myself as a church goer. Hopefully you’re still reading and havn’t yet closed your browser window. If you are still reading, but are not terribly impressed with the Christian people you have observed in you time, then I understand.

Continuing the Cycle 4

Continuing the Cycle

For the last 60 years or so, farmers the world over have been doing their job so successfully that they’ve literally been doing themselves out of work. Innovations since WWII including ever bigger and more powerful tractors and implements, improved knowledge & use of fertilisers, better weed and disease management practices, better soil management practices and many other innovations have meant that farm productivity growth has outpaced global population growth for a long time.

Professional Development 1

Professional Development

Farmers aren’t stereotypically known for their ability to adopt and embrace new technologies. Which is often unfortunate because business and farming practice in agriculture is constantly changing and evolving, as it always has done. This is one of the several things I’ve found that IT & Agriculture have in common: The need to constantly improve and stay informed of industry trends and, dare I say it, ‘best practice’

View from the Silo – June 2010 1

View from the Silo – June 2010

This post is the second ‘View from the Silo’. It’s a series I’ve started to document the dramatic landscape changes that happen in our area over a farming season. I did the first one back in April. Compared to the...

Some Seedy Technology 1

Some Seedy Technology

As I sit in the tractor driving it, the cultivator and connected air-seeder while listening to Day 3 of the Hamish and Andy ‘Caravan of Courage’ tour, I’m pondering a couple of different questions: Who owns the ‘Clarkson – The...

Nerd Farming Nirvana & Social Media 2

Nerd Farming Nirvana & Social Media

To repeat: I was participating in a live twitter discussion using my iPhone 3Gs over the Next G network while sitting on a tractor that was steering itself with 2cm satellite guided accuracy while pulling planting equipment weighing several tonnes. Farming has come a long way.

View from the silo – April 2010 5

View from the silo – April 2010

I had an interesting idea the other day: I thought that I could show you, my humble readers, just how much our surrounding landscape changes through a year. My idea was to climb 1 of our very high silos and take a photo or 2 of the surrounding countryside every month.