More profitable farming in high rainfall zones





What we do

Australia's higher rainfall zones offer wonderful opportunities  for farmers. However, they require management practices that are often unique.


 
Sustainable Farming Systems for the High Rainfall Zones
  Southern Farming Systems is a farm driven, non-profit organisation helping higher rainfall farmers with practical research and information that produces sustainable results.

In 1995 the six founding members of Southern Farming Systems got together to find ways of making farming in the higher rainfall zone more profitable. Their problems were often different from those faced by farmers in other areas and different solutions would be required.

They set out to help themselves and in so doing created an organisation that now boasts 600 members in five branches across two states. It maintains international affiliations and has a strong link with the Foundation for Arable Research in New Zealand. 

Southern Farming Systems’ success comes from strict adherence to the vision and objectives established by those pioneers. Its focus is totally on the higher rainfall zone. All research is of a practical nature and designed to produce long term solutions to farmers.

It provides a network for its members to share ideas and experiences. Strong partnerships have been established with research and extension agencies, and agribusiness.

These partnerships are hugely beneficial but at all times Southern Farming Systems remains an independent provider of quality information.

Control of waterlogging in cropping paddocks was seen by early members as critically important. They felt it would give the greatest return in the short term and decided to concentrate resources on this problem.

The result was the adaptation of raised bed technology to broadacre cropping. This system has been implemented across approximately 70,000 ha of the higher rainfall zone contributing to improved crop yields and farm profitability.



More Than Raised Beds
  While Southern Farming Systems is best known for its work in this area, there is far more to the organisation than raised beds. It now has several livestock programs and is looking at the farm system as a whole. Environmental matters also figure prominently in future planning.