Property “Delegate Station”
“Delegate Station” is situated near the NSW township of Delegate, approximately 20km north of the Victorian Border and 35kms South of Bombala. The property is 1900 ha of which 750 ha is cropped and the balance is pasture. Main enterprises include canola and cereal crop rotations integrated with a cross-bred / prime lamb enterprise. John and his brother Will with their families own and manage the property with John and his family living on the property.
Annual rainfall: 670mm
Soil type: Tertiary sediments/metasediments
Pasture type: Winter wheat (2017)
Gently undulating, low rounded hills with gently graded hillslopes, typically 5-10%. Altitude 795m.
Snow gum (E. pauciflora), Ribbon Gum (E.viminalis) and Candlebark (E. rubida) grassy woodland.
Acidic, texture contrast soil with a reddish brown coloured, weakly structured clay loam subsoil. The A horizon is a light reddish brown, unbleached massive silty loam.
Aust. soil classification
Haplic, mesotrophic red Kurosol
This paddock was an underperforming cocksfoot pasture preceeding 2016 with no clover present. In April 2016 it was sown to grain only canola and yielded 3.6t/ha. The canola was sown with 90 kg/ha MAP, 240kg urea, 70kg MOP, molybdenum, boron and was limed @ 1.7 t/ha pre sowing. In February 2017, this paddock was sown to a dual purpose winter wheat with 90kg/ha MAP and 40kg/ha urea applied at sowing and 70kg/ha MOP at the 5 leaf stage.
In 2017 the dual purpose winter wheat will be strategically grazed with sheep to optimise grain yield and animal performance.