DR MAARTEN STAPPER
Maarten has an agricultural engineering degree in agriculture and catchment management in the semi-arid tropics, and a PhD in wheat production systems, linking crop physiology with agronomy and daily weather in simulation modelling.
Quantifying production in dryland and irrigation wheat paddocks in south eastern Australia made him aware that most problems start with the soil, and thus solutions should commence there.
Maarten is passionate about discovering and using the power of nature in food production systems – and the connections between soil biology, soil health, and the overall functioning of agro-ecosystems, and sees many opportunities for Australian agriculture to reverse soil degradation and regenerate soils.
Compacted soils and run-off as a result of high intensive grazing and allocation of small paddocks. The soil structure had gone.read more
Craig has created a live biological system capturing mulch and sticks which bind together to capture the silt and allow trees, herbs forbs and grasses to reestablish.read more
We visit 3 farms – one biological, one trialling biological v current and one conventional farm about to change over to biological farming.read more
We visited in Autumn during a prolonged dry season. We are indebted to Kevin, Colin & Jenny for sharing their experiences with crashes answering the questions put to them by Maarten.read more
Bottomline to health is establishing healthy gut flora. In this short but informative talk, Marieke manages to stress the importance of our gut.read more
A simple look at some basic observations to use to find out if your farm is healthy. It is a practical visual to be used in conjunction with your own Farming Secrets Observation Book and Soil Health Card.read more
Maarten‘s focus is to help farmers improve profitability by harnessing the power of natural soil processes through biological farming to produce healthy crops and pasturesread more
Their approach became their tool for surviving in drought. They have impressively increased the carbon in the soil and brix levels in the plants.read more