Blog

2010-2013 0

New Layout

We havn’t quite finished harvest yet, but a week of cold weather has given me a chance to give nerdfarmer.com/ it’s first serious makeover since launching about 4 years ago. What do you think?

DSC01634 1

My humble tribute

While in Johannesburg last year, I was lucky enough to tour Soweto, including a visit to Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela lived between 1946-1962. It’s a modest brick house, much smaller than my own. Our world is poorer without him....

Durum Wheat during grain fill. 2

A Wonderful Thing

A beautiful thing happened here yesterday. It rained. Roughly 16mm of that life giving, morale boosting, profit enabling wet stuff. Now being dry-land farmers (no irrigation) we rely on rain for our income and aside from the short 6-8 week...

A summary of Australian agriculture 0

A summary of Australian agriculture

If you are at all interested in Australian Agriculture as I am, then check out this video. It was a talk and Q&A session by Donald McGauchie AO given at the Royal Melbourne Show recently around the subject of ‘Capacity...

Visions of a Farming Future 1

Visions of a Farming Future

Thought I would share with you all these 2 YouTube clips. The first one is a John Deere promo that tries to give their vision of Agriculture’s future. Whilst I think the augmented reality tractor glass is still a fair...

MyAusFarmer 3

MyAusFarmer

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to try and show what life is like for a young farmer on a 21st century farm. The fact is that more than a quarter of Victorians were born overseas,...

Hole Inspection 0

Hole Inspection

My dad got me to dig a hole today. I assume he went home and told mum about it in a scene reminiscent of that in the movie ‘The Castle’. ‘Guess what Jonathan did today love?’ ‘What’s that dear?’ ‘He...

In My Paddock – June 2013 0

In My Paddock – June 2013

I’ve been asked by a local journalist to write a short article for the Wimmera Mail-Times periodically for a section of the paper they call ‘In My Paddock’. It’s basically a short editorial about what’s going on around the farm...

Planting Chickpeas 1

Planting Chickpeas

As I sit here on the tractor at the start of another 1.5km pass, I’m planting chickpeas at about 8.5km/hour. Our 17m seeder bar, which has 56 tynes will cover 2.5 Ha while completing that pass. We’re planting chickpeas at...