The Problem: Concerns about declining profitability, poor soil structure, dry land salinity, soil acidification and increasing numbers of herbicide resistance weeds prompted Colin Seis to look at changing his farming practices.
What Did Colin Do?: Colin developed a system which is now called Pasture cropping. With his friend Daryl Cluff, they initiated over 15 years ago a technique of sewing crops into living perennial pastures and having these crops grow symbiotically with existing pastures.
The Results: By maintaining year round ground cover. Colin has reduced wind and water erosion, improved soil structure. reduced weed numbers, increased nutrient availability and increased levels of soil organic carbon.
As you watch and listen to this video many benefits will become apparent as Colin shares how he has been perfecting his technique over the years. From a farm economic point of view the potential for good profit is excellent because the costs of growing crops in this manner are a fraction of conventional cropping.
We’d like to thank Colin Seis for his generosity in sharing his valuable experiences about pasture cropping and no-kill cropping. A special thanks also to Maarten Stapper for sharing his insights, knowledge and time.
For all farmers who are in declining profitability, poor soil structure, dryland salinity, soil acidification and increasing chemical inputs.
Modern agriculture certainly lacks resilience and it lacks ecological function, which is the reason why the wheels have fallen off. There's a bit of a pattern starting to happen here – more artificial fertiliser, more insecticide and more fungicide. I like to call that the 'more-on' principle. As things go wrong, we just put more and more product on to fix the problem. We never fix the basic problem. We just put more and more product on, which sends us broke and makes 'other' people wealthy.
Colin Seis and his son Nicholas own and run the 2000-acre property “Winona” which is situated North of Gulgong on the central slopes of NSW. The Seis family was one of the early pioneering families in the Gulgong district and has been farming and grazing there since the 1860s. Winona runs around four thousand, 18.5 – micron merino sheep, which includes a 58 year old Merino Stud and “Pasture crops” around 500 acres annually to oats, wheat and cereal rye.