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CASE STUDY 1 – Australian Farm

Farm of 6,500 acres in Australia, sown to wheat, canola, oats and barley. The total crop production of around 13,000 tons was complemented by 21,000 bales (7,700 tons) of straw. This was achieved using a New Holland combine and New Holland baler.

Farmer's key outcomes were substantial supplementary income through the sale of straw to a stockfeed manufacturer, and the retention of weed seeds. The high volume of straw gathered was a major benefit, as the farm was sown to short strawed dwarf varieties of wheat and barley, which is almost impossible to retrieve using conventional baling. Retention of seeds and pod shells (canola) supplemented the feed value of the straw.

Western Australian farmer, Roger Newman

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