Soilkee Renovator Demonstration Day, 6 June, Malanda

Key takeaways

  • The Soilkee Renovator is being trialed for the first time in Queensland
  • The specialised minimum-till machine precision plants seasonal crops and pasture seeds into existing pastures
  • Terrain NRM is a recipient of the Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience grant funded by the TNQ Drought Hub

Terrain NRM, a recipient of the Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience grant, recently hosted their Soilkee Renovator Demonstration Day on the Atherton Tablelands.

This event showcased innovative technology aimed at improving pasture quality and biodiversity and highlighted the importance of soil health in regeneration.

In collaboration with dairy farmer Glenn Drury, the Soilkee Renovator is being trialed for the first time in Queensland. This specialised minimum-till machine precision plants seasonal crops and pasture seeds into existing pastures, disturbing less than 20% of the soil. The goal is to enhance pasture biodiversity and improve both the quality and quantity of pasture cover on Glenn’s farm.

The event attracted over 70 landholders, extension officers, farmers, and industry representatives. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about Glenn’s experience and learn directly from Soilkee Renovator inventor Niels Olsen.

TNQ Drought Hub Director, David Phelps, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “We are really pleased to have supported this project. It’s great to see the sharing of knowledge across the country, from Victoria to Queensland, to improve land practices and build up resilience.”

David added, “Having demonstration days like this allows farmers to see firsthand how the technology works, talk to the designer, and take home valuable knowledge on building pasture diversity.”

Events like these play a crucial role in promoting sustainable farming practices and improving soil health, ultimately contributing to greater resilience in our agricultural communities.