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Laura Bennett is a junior assistant manager at Lobethal, a 13,000-acre farm.

Non-wetting soils down under

The same type of soil that’s beautiful on the beach can be tough to farm

During my recent trip to the southern coast of Western Australia I learned about something I didn’t even know existed: non-wetting soils. The coastline in this part of Australia is exquisitely beautiful with white powder sandy beaches and turquoise blue water. This beautiful white sand is also what makes this area so challenging to farm. […] Read more

Ruth and Steven Mansell’s farm, Emerald Downs, is near the ocean in Western Australia. They have four daughters.

Meet your farming neighbours: Ruth and Stephen Mansell

Ruth and Stephen Mansell's grain farm is 30 km from the southern coast of Western Australia

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all the details, farmers are more alike […] Read more