The 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable is scheduled for Oct 16-17 in Des Moines, Iowa – coinciding with the week of the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue and International Symposium.
Over the next few weeks let’s meet and get to know this year’s participants, starting with Bill Crabtree from Australia…
Farmer: Bill Crabtree
Where is your farm located?
Our farm is located 4 hours north of Perth in Western Australia. We have a “Mediterranean Climate” on the edge of the “outback” – with 12” of rain considered a wet winter and a dry summer.
What does your farm look like? What is the size of your farm? What do you grow or raise?
Our farm is 2,800 ha (7,000 acres) that is arable, and we lease 2,800 ha. Our soils are mostly loamy that are drought and subsoil acidity prone. We grow cool season crops, including wheat, canola and have also grown barley, lupins and triticale.
What are you looking forward to most as you prepare to participate in the 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable?
I’m looking forward to networking with leaders in African agriculture to see how my no-till expertise and interests in new plant breeding tools (pro-bono) can assist in solving genuine pest and disease threats in plants across Africa.