Allan, Karen, and Grant Matsen

Region: Mackay

Region: Mackay

Size of Property: 600ha

Years farming: 40 years

Sub surface applied mill mud

The greatest challenge farmers face in the future is weather predictability. Having worked the land they live on, for more than 40 years, both Allan and son Grant know you can’t just do the same thing every crop cycle. Located south-west of Mackay, water is a crucial element required in the right amount to grow a successful crop – as Grant is conscious of, “Every day’s different, so that’s the biggest thing – knowing what to do next and doing it at the right time. You’re always trying to be two steps ahead of what’s coming and a lot of the time the forecasts aren’t right.”