Blackburn Families

Region: Mackay

Who: Chris, Madonna, Lee, Angela, David, Diane, Phil and Sue Blackburn

Location: North Eton

Double skip row with legume crop precision agriculture

The Blackburns are using a range of available technology to enhance their farming techniques. This includes water conservation with centre pivots and lateral move irrigators to the reduction in chemical and nutrient applications across their farms.

They have seen the cost benefits from changing to the new farming system and matching the row spacing to the implements being used. They are heavily involved in growing peanuts and corn and soybean as a break crop in a sugar farming enterprise, and have seen the direct benefits both in cash flow and increased crop vigour and yield in the cane crop.