The Agronomy Specialist™

Agronomic Acumen is a consultancy firm that specialises in agronomy and is based in Albany, Western Australia. We provide various services that include regular paddock/field inspections, development of paddock plans, one-off farm visits for advice, talking to groups, giving seminars and providing a completely independent view on why your chemical product is not selling or what should be done to make it a best seller. We also publish a monthly newsletter, back issues of which are available here for download.

We manage farms for investors and land owners who want maximum sustainable profits using the best agronomic techniques. We are also able to manage your farm if you just want a break or are having trouble keeping up with the rapid change of agriculture.

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You may find some useful links that we visit regularly. Please browse the photo gallery for some recent photos of warm season crops in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Latest Newsletter Topics - July 2017

  • Ca:Mg ratio's and the Basic Cation Saturation Theory - Is it bollocks, or is it how plant nutrition actually works? Or is the Liebig model the one describing how plant nutrition works correctly?
  • Everyone can make the same mistakes - how can some farmers be achieving wheat yields with a water use efficiency of >40kg/mm/ha? Discussion on how these farmers are making most of their profits in a drought.
  • Snake oil or the real deal - a range of nutrition products are being heavily promoted in Australia. Are they worth using, or do they belong in the snake oil pile? Products such as Awaken ST, Liberate, Nutrisync etc.
  • Diamond back moths (DBM) and aphids are causing havoc in some canola. - Discussion on how best to control them.
  • Trace elements in soil tests and Boron - Are soil tests reliable for trace elements? Is boron being recommended where it is not needed? Discussion on why I am a skeptic with boron applications, and about trace element levels in soil tests having a near zero correlation to what the plant actually gets.
  • Glyphosate and atrazine contamination in off the shelf herbicides - there has been a spate of herbicides containing other herbicides they should have not have in them. Discussion on what these are and what to do about these situations.
  • Scorch - it is actually a very good thing for diagnosing what is wrong with crops if they are scorched after spraying a herbicide brew. Discussion on why this is so.

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