In honour of the message of World Soil Day, we wanted to highlight one of our customers that help prevent soil erosion for local Australian Farmers. Vickery Bros is an independent supplier of fertiliser to farmers in Western Victoria and South Australia. They are a family owned and operated business that was established in 1948 and a true cornerstone of their community.
“Our aim is to supply and apply the correct amount of nutrients to farmers at the right time, which will result in healthier soils”
– David Vickery
Why is Soil Erosion a problem?
According to the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, soil erosion is currently one of the highest priority threats to agricultural soils throughout the world and Australia. To give you a better idea of the problem here are some facts from the FAO:
It can take up to 1000 years to produce just 2-3 cm of soil
Every 5 seconds the equivalent of 1 soccer pitch of soil is eroded
Over 33% of the Earth’s soils are already degraded and over 90% can become degraded by 2050
How is this impacting Australian Farmers?
Soil erosion occurs due to the removal of fertile topsoil, this happens through water, wind and farming methods such as tillage, which have negative effects on the health of Australian farmlands, namely:
Drying of soil
Important nutrient loss
Decreased infiltration rate of water
Crop disease and more
What is being done to prevent this?
In Victoria, soil erosion has declined between 1990-2010, because of widespread adoption of soil conservation methods and in South Australia there has been an increase in soil protection between 2003-2013 due to the adoption of no-till methods. Vickery Bros is ahead of the curve on improving soil conditions in VIC & SA by moving on from prevention methods to increasing the health and fertility of soil.
Vickery Bros have 8 experienced agronomists committed to providing effective agronomic advice to assist Aussie farmers in their goal for maximum production, with minimal impact on soil erosion. You can be sure that their agronomy advice is backed by science and results as they are proud members of the Australian Fertiliser Services Association and are Accu-Spread Accredited by Fertacare. Vickery Bros aim is to aid all Australian farmers with sustainable and maximum potential farming solutions from their products, be it granular or liquid fertilisers, soil conditioners, concrete and sand.
What is Netstar’s impact on Vickery Bros?
Netstar provides GPS Telematics Solutions to Vickery Bros, this allows them to manage their fleet effectively and efficiently by providing them with real time tracking of all their vehicles and assets. By enabling this, Vickery Bros is able to promptly allocate specialised vehicles and assets to the right locations that require effective soil management. This results in an increase in productivity for farmers and a tailored customer experience.
“Netstar helps us in running our fleet more efficiently and because of that our fertilisers increase productivity for farmers”
– David Vickery
With our ongoing partnership with Vickery Bros, we provide the following key benefits to support their daily fleet operations:
Fleet Tracking & Management
More Efficient Operation
Safer Fleet & Workforce
Fuel & Maintenance Savings
These savings are put back into the business to create higher quality fertilisers, better customer experiences and increase local farmers productivity and therefore helping to protect Australia’s agricultural community and in turn prevent soil erosion.
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