MRS COMMITMENT RENEWED
21 OCTOBER 2013, SWAN HILL, AUSTRALIA
SummaryWhat are farmers of the Mallee and Wimmera most interested in right now? An open day held by Dodgshun Medlin at the Mallee Research Station suggests three key areas including best performing varieties, developments in nutrition, and better understandings of root disease and soil moisture.
What are farmers of the Mallee and Wimmera most interested in right now?
An open day held by Dodgshun Medlin at the Mallee Research Station suggests three key areas --- best performing varieties, developments in nutrition, and better understandings of root disease and soil moisture.
Of the many trials currently being conducted at the Walpeup site, experiments in these fields attracted greatest attention from a strong community turnout at the day.
‘It’s no coincidence that they’re areas of focus in our broad research program,’ says the firm’s chief agriculture consultant Danny Conlan, ‘Everything we’re doing here at Walpeup is directly related to the practical needs and concerns of our local farming populations. If it’s a worry, or an opportunity, we will generally have a related trial in progress.’
Dodgshun Medlin is now the only significant user of Walpeup’s once bustling Mallee Research Station.
‘In terms of research, the station would be defunct without Dodgshun Medlin’s dedication to R&D,’ says former MRS employee Ivan Mock – now a scientist with the Swan Hill-based company. ‘When the government bailed out, the future of independent research in the Mallee was in jeopardy. It was not only jobs that were lost. The progress being made in improving farming in this part of the world was pretty much over. Then Dodgshun Medlin stepped in, at its own cost.’
‘Someone had to take up the slack,’ says Conlan, ‘We can’t give confident, useful advice to our Ag clients and the farming community at large by passing on unverified supplier publicity. Call it a “community cause”. Although we do get backing from occasional government grants, R&D has become a significant cost to our business and agriculture is only one part of Dodgshun Medlin. But it’s also significant to the future of farming in the Mallee and for that matter, all it’s dependent communities.’
Open Day visitor, Allan Lynch of Underbool said, ‘I’m pleased to see the station still in use --- that there’s a future ahead. We all value and trust the knowledge of Dodgshun Medlin as agronomists and I was particularly interested in the new legume and cereal varieties being tested. It’s a fantastic asset for the community.’
‘We intend to be here for the haul,’ affirmed Conlan.
About Dodgshun Medlin
Dodgshun Medlin is a generations-deep provider of holistic business management, wealth creation, agronomy services and accountancy guidance to the Victorian & South Australian Mallee & Wimmera Regions.