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Sep 14, 2022
What you should know about your Super
Joe Anderson – AgriLegalSA Our resident legal expert, Joe Anderson from AgriLegal SA, is back at the Ramsey Radio microphone to explain the importance of superannuation – especially under the unique circumstances of owning a farm business. Listen now and learn why you need to save Super separately from the value you build up in the farm and why it’s important to keep the two nest eggs apart. While Joe can’t offer financial advice, he does outline how Super can be a supercharged investment option for life, as well as where the important limitations lie. And following on from his other Ramsey Radio episodes, Joe explains why Super is still the key to a secure retirement and a successful succession plan. He also covers some little-known pitfalls when including Super in your will. So hit Play and learn what you need to make the most of your Super powers.
Jun 7, 2022
Lime, soils and yields
Brian Hughes – PIRSA-SARDI SA Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) soil scientist Brian Hughes talks about the latest research into managing soil acidification in SA’s sandy soils and no-till cropping systems. Brian is based at Nuriootpa and works for PIRSA’s research facility, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), where he has just completed a three-year GRDC-supported study into managing soil acidification in South Australian farming systems. As soil inputs and crop yields have risen over the years, soil acidification has become a growing problem (pun intended!) for South Australians. Brian explains how acidification happens and, more importantly, what the Acid Soils SA research project has learned about applying lime to correct the problem. Whatever your soil type or tillage practices, getting lime into the soil is essential for continued crop growth. Join us and learn how you can keep your soil pH in the optimum range AND efficiently correct any acidification that has developed in the subsurface layers. Listen now.
May 5, 2022
Smart money machinery
Rob Sands – Farmanco With big numbers in play, ag machinery decisions really drive farm profits. Farm management consultant Rob Sands has some expert tips for making those numbers add up. In this super-useful podcast, Rob explains the actual costs you should consider when looking at new machinery, including why the asking price is just the beginning and why size isn’t everything. He’ll also help you consider cost and value, along with how they can both have an impact on your productivity, profitability and cash flow. As he points out, the amounts make proper analysis too important to avoid. “Even a 5 percent difference might mean $50,000 gained or lost,” he says. “If you don’t want to do it yourself, you should get someone to do it for you.” Some podcasts are simply fun to listen to – but this one could really change the way you do business. So have a listen – and learn what you need to know about your farm to properly evaluate and prioritise your machinery program. And for more, see Rob’s presentation to the 2021 GRDC Farm Business Updates in Perth (page 33). Click Here
Apr 7, 2022
Where there’s a Will there’s a way
Joe Anderson – AgriLegalSA Having a Will and knowing how to handle a deceased estate is the key to passing on a life’s legacy. Ag industry lawyer and friend of the podcast Joe Anderson, from AgriLegalSA shares his insights on why you should have a Will and how to manage a deceased estate when someone else’s Will makes you the Executor. Listen in to learn what you need to do if fulfilling someone’s wishes falls to you. Knowing what to expect should help you manage stress and anxiety at a difficult time. In the meantime, you can protect your assets, intentions and loved ones by making sure your own Will is complete and up to date. Joe even covers the risk of someone contesting your Will and discusses how to minimise the chances of that happening. Death is never fun but it is unavoidable. So shying away from the topic won’t make things any easier when the time comes. Joe advises being open, pragmatic and proactive about Wills well before they’re needed. His most important advice on Wills is “Have one”. So hit Play on this helpful Ramsey Radio episode – and get a head start on the conversation.
Mar 24, 2022
Save a life – listen to your wife
Alex Thomas – #PlantASeedForSafety Rural Safety advocate Alex Thomas talks about her #PlantASeedForSafety initiative, aimed at putting women at the forefront of farm safety. After a lifetime of caring for her station-owner father and working in the WH&S sector of regional industry, Alex is passionate about making safety awareness an everyday way of life and not a box-ticking exercise in compliance. As Alex says, “paperwork never saved a life.” She explains what makes rural women the key to more engaged safety practices. “Women have a completely different attitude to risk and they are usually the closest other person to the work,” she says. “Plus they care,” she adds as a comparison to a legislated approach. “#PlantASeedForSafety is all about spinning yarns to save lives”, Alex says. “It lets rural women share their stories a way to highlight rural safety risks and lessons.” From Alex’s own story to the discussion about attitudes to safety, this podcast makes clear that rural safety goes beyond minimising the risk of injury or death – it means considering the physical health, mental health and personal wellbeing of everyone in our unique working environment. At the end of the day, farm workers should be coming home to their families safe and well.
Mar 2, 2022
The many benefits of sustainability certification
Nick Goddard – Sustainable Grain Australia, Australian Oilseeds Federation Nick Goddard, CEO of the Australian Oilseeds Federation and its Sustainable Grains Australia service, outlines what’s involved and why it is so important. For Australian farmers, sustainability certification is a simple process that helps encourage best practices on-farm and creates more opportunities on world markets. Nick explains how Sustainable Grains Australia’s co-ordination of the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) scheme in Australia has made exporting certified product simple for growers – with just one declaration and audit process required, regardless of how many products and exporters you deal with. “It’s about more than just reducing carbon output and climate change,” he says. “The scheme addresses consumer concerns about land management, employee protections, workplace safety and so on. “It is all standard practice for most Australian farms and actually helps identify opportunities for business improvement.” This podcast is a must-listen for all farmers. Certification is becoming essential for access to premium markets and prices across canola, barley and selected pulses. As Nick says, “Consumer demand for sustainability isn’t going to go away.”
Feb 16, 2022
Climate, weather and all that rain
Dale Grey – Agriculture Victoria Even if you think you ‘know a bit about the weather’, this podcast will surprise you! Ag Vic agronomist, climate specialist and author of The Fast Break newsletter Dale Grey explains what drives S.A’s climate, from dry spells to recent rain events. Starting with the surprising source of South Australia’s rain (spoiler: it’s not the Southern Ocean) Dale expertly describes the impact of ENSO/El Nino, the Indian Ocean Dipole, Southern Oscillation Index and more. His knowledge shows just how much we depend on climate drivers happening 1,000 of kilometres away. Dale draws together the distant sources of moisture, features that carry the water south and the local triggers that finally turn it into rain. He also explains how parts of the state ended up being subject to extraordinary amounts of rainfall over recent months – and why it’s too soon to predict how the 2022 growing season will be. Don’t miss this episode. It will give you a better understanding of every weather outlook you read.
Feb 2, 2022
Putting your harvest data to work
Ed Scott – CropScan Ag Soil scientist and data advocate Ed Scott steps up to the Ramsey Radio microphone to offer advice on how to make the most of your harvest yield data and grain analyser results. His core message: Just do it. Ed outlines the enormous value harvest data can have for future soil treatments, seeding rates and chemical inputs, with the ultimate benefit of closing yield gaps and producing more uniform optimum yields at each subsequent harvest. Just as importantly, Ed offers a range of tips and strategies to help you get started, including who you can talk to or who to start managing the data for yourself. He also suggests starting with data from a single paddock, rather than trying to take on thousands of hectares worth of results all at once. It’s great advice, and essential listening if your data is still in the harvester or sitting on a thumb drive.
Jan 23, 2022
Chemicals under pressure
Joe Pedler – CropSmart Australia While supply of urea/adblue and other fertilisers has been hogging the headlines, Australian farming’s critical herbicide and pesticide supplies are also under major pressure. Crop Smart National Sales and Marketing Manager Joe Pedler provides his insight into the current state of the market and how growers should manage their requirements. With glyphosate high on the list of shortages and unusually high summer rainfall adding weed pressure in our paddocks, this is becoming a serious issue. Joe explains the complex issues piling up on farmers and chemical providers. He also points out that the key to getting through is good planning and even better partnerships.
Jan 6, 2022
Career moves for mechanics
Joe Rohrlach and Hamish Thorburn Whether you have heavy diesel or light mechanical trade qualifications, bringing your skills across to agricultural machinery service can be satisfying and rewarding career move. Ramey Bros Service Technician Joe Rohrlach compares being part of our Murray Bridge service team to his years of FIFO work on mining equipment – a lifestyle he says he loved but was ready to leave. Meanwhile, former 4WD light vehicle mechanic Hamish Thorburn talks about his move into supporting local farmers with our busy Cummins Service Department. Both agree that ag is giving them an unmatched amount of variety and satisfaction, not to mention great team mates and customers. If you’re considering a mechanical career move to gain more variety, lifestyle stability and extra trade skills, this podcast is the perfect place to start.
Dec 28, 2021
Succession Planning for the 21st Century Farm
Joe Anderson – Agri Legal SA Succession planning can feel like a difficult subject to raise – but specialist agribusiness lawyer Joe Anderson from Agri Legal SA explains why it is infinitely better for both the younger and older generation to start the conversation now. Joe shares his insights on starting early, working through a progressive handover instead of an all-at-once event, and making sure Mum and Dad get to enjoy the retirement they deserve. Listen in to learn how succession planning can secure the future of your family farm, and help ensure a happy, sustainable lifestyle for all parties.
Dec 22, 2021
Educating for the future of ag
Sue Pratt – Balaklava High School Winner of the ATASA Award for Excellence in 2021. Balaklava High School ag teacher Sue Pratt joins us to discuss the importance of teaching agriculture in SA high schools. If you care about the future of farming, you need to listen to this conversation. Sue talks about why ag education matters, the challenges and shortages facing the curriculum, and how the entire ag industry could both contribute and benefit by tackling the problems. The ag industry relies on a whole network of participants – from farmers and farm workers, through suppliers and technicians, to high level researchers. Sue explains how the high school ag curriculum helps ensure we have plenty of these professionals, by developing a fundamental understanding of ag and – more importantly – the countless career pathways it offers.
Nov 11, 2021
The Global Supply SNAFU
The current log jam in global supply chains is having a major impact on Australian farmers and their ability to secure, equip and maintain essential machinery. Cam McIntosh is on the front line. As the Director of machinery importer McIntosh Distribution (Miller, Morris, Weedseeker, LiuGong, etc) he has been dealing with the domino-line of issues since the start of COVID-19. Cam explains what’s causing the problems, how deep they’ve gone and how they’re now affecting prices as well as shipping times So listen in to learn what’s going on, how long it’s going to last, and how you can keep your farm machinery program on track.
Oct 21, 2021
How to become a Fat Farmer
Ben Wundersitz – Anna Binna Farms, Fat Farmers Fifth generation farmer Ben Wundersitz started out feeling a bit middle aged and short of breath. He found exercise gave him back his energy, mental acuity and emotional resilience – so he started a movement. From two Fat Farmers, it’s grown into a genuine grassroots network that helps farmers look after themselves. Ben joins us at the Ramsey Radio microphone to talk about how he and Fat Farmers got to where they are today. It’s a great conversation that covers managing a family farm across several generations, the developing revolution in mental health awareness among men in the regions, and how the best people to manage farmers’ physical and mental health could well be the farmers themselves. Who’d have thought?
Oct 8, 2021
The ins and outs of soil amelioration.
Matt Howell, agronomist Soil amelioration is a hot topic for many growers – and a potential solution to the increasing scarcity and cost of established cropping land. Join agronomist Matt Howell for an in-depth discussion about the value of underlying clay and how amelioration can help improve the productivity of sandy soils or turn marginal paddocks into profitable country. Matt has a wealth of experience in this area and has seen the benefits first-hand. He is also a big fan of the Bednar Terraland chisel plow and explains why this formidable machine ameliorates soil more effectively.
Sep 8, 2021
Farmers are all the same, aren’t they?
John Gladigau, Bulla Burra Farms Ramsey Radio talks to John Gladigau, Executive Director of Bulla Burra Farms and author of the @bullaburra Facebook page about his most recent Open Letter To The Non-Ag Community. John discusses the tired stereotypes of farmers that we’ve all heard over and over again – and the ridiculous online opinions that pushed him to write his epic response. He also talks about some of his earlier Open letters and the impact they’ve had around the world. Needless to say, he makes the point that farmers aren’t all the same. In fact, the range of opinions in the farming community are as diverse as any other segment of Australian society. But, most importantly, he talks about the importance of each of us engaging with our friends in the non-ag community, and using them to help spread the truth about what farmers are like, why we do what we need to do, and what makes us tick.
Sep 8, 2021
What’s your harvest worth?
Paul Lange, Centre State Exports Ramsey Radio sits down with Paul Lange, Operations Manager of South Australia’s own Centre State Exports, about the outlook for the 2021 harvest. In a season when the stars appear to be aligning, we asked Paul how prices for our major grain exports – wheat, barley, canola and lentils – are moving; and what are the driving forces behind international grain price trends at the moment. It’s a fascinating conversation covering rain in South Australia, heat bubbles in North America and Russia, Chinese tariffs and Saudi demand, and the network of local and global logistics systems that have the ability to make or break a fantastic season. So, with canola nearly worth its weight in gold and good rain continuing to fall into spring, you can’t afford not to hear what’s going right – and what could still go wrong.