For more than 40 years, I’ve dug deep to develop agricultural mechanical systems that improve soil structure and crop yields. During this time, I’ve been fortunate enough to earn the Prince Phillip Prize for Engineering Excellence and an AM from the Queen for services to primary industry, particularly in the promotion of environmentally sustainable cropping and soil management practises. Yet nothing is more rewarding than hearing from farmers themselves about the dramatic changes to their soils delivered by our (DBS) Deep Blade System.

John Ryan AM

Ausplow Principal

It’s been more than 20 years since we commercialised our three-slot system for DBS, and independent testing has shown that it’s the right tool. By creating pathways for moisture, root penetration and air, the DBS system helps build the right soil environment for seeds to grow into healthy plants. Farmers are experiencing improved water-holding capacity, major reductions in water erosion, increased levels of organic carbon and in some areas, the presence of earthworms. The DBS system is also sought after for its dry-seeding capabilities – crops can be established earlier as the seed is able to take advantage of subsoil moisture.

And that’s just the beginning. While soil optimisation will always be a major priority for us and Australia’s dryland farmers, our R&D efforts are unearthing new ways to increase plant nutrition and crop yields. The future for agriculture is exciting, and we look forward to being at the forefront with you. We are finding that our original designs actually complement the growing trend towards in-furrow treatments, particularly liquid nutrients. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about us, and we look forward to finding out more about you and your farming vision.