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 - February 2018

  • Review of 2017. The rainfall predictions were quite accurate from We have been told what 2018 is likely to be like and so can make good decisions for this year too.
  • Wheat mildew - comments on which wheat varieties have genetic resistance to mildew. Added comments on sprouting tolerance of some varieties.
  • Variety update for 2018 - recommendations on all the main broadacre crops in southern Australia as to what are likely to be the best varieties to grow.
  • CCN (Cereal Cyst Nematode) ratings on the main cereal varieties.
  • Bees and neonicotinoids (neonics) - discussion on what is the cause of bee colony collapse disorder and why Australia doesn’t have that problem. Also comments on a new way of killing varroa mites without harming the bees.
  • Anthropogenic global warming theory - a few comments and falsification.
  • Greenhouse gas theory - Is it kaput by new research? Comments on what this might change, if anything.
  • Kenya 2018 study tour - an invite to join me touring Kenya and Dubai in August 2018 seeing farms, and going on safari in the Masai Mara.
  • eShepherd and the future of livestock management - a revolution is on our doorstep.
  • SE14 - a wetter with very strange behaviour that does more than just wet up non-wetting soil. Part 1 is discussed in this newsletter. Part 2 will be in the March 2018 newsletter.
  • Does your fertiliser actually contain the percent of nutrients the company says it does? - discussion on the results of some independent tests.
  • Imidazolinone sorghum variety released - Sentinel IG.
  • Spraying summer weeds and $50 notes. What’s the connection? :-)
  • Where to start making maximum profits? Is it via prescription (recipe) farming?
  • Farming venture - I am starting a company to manage farms for investors and am inviting anyone who is interested to contact me. >$2,500/ha profits by year three is the reachable target.

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