Maniototo farmer David Crutchley has been named the
supreme winner of the inaugural Green Agriculture Innovation
The award, announced recently, acknowledged his outcomes with
crop and animal production and health.
Changes were made in recent years to the Crutchley family's
farming operation on the 6000ha Shortlands Station, near
Acid-based fertilisers were replaced with a full biological
strategy of solid fertiliser topped up with fish-based
liquids. Profits had been tripled through optimising soil
health, reducing costs, maximising weight gains, reproduction
and increased dry matter production.
Driven by the on-farm results, Mr Crutchley took part in
scientific trials with Dr Peter Espie, of AgScience.
Dr Espie had measured ''unprecedented'' lifts in DM per unit
of input. Mr Crutchley was selected from 10 category winners
which included Bio Farm (Palmerston North), Meadowbank
Station (Marlborough), Kokako Vineyard (Hawkes Bay), Kono
Beverages (Marlborough), Lindsay Farm Dairies (Hawkes Bay),
Soil Matters (Amberley) and, the youngest finalist, Lincoln
University student Genevieve Steven (20), of Timaru.