Tulip farmer successfully experiments with cover cropping

Table Cape Tulip Farm in north-west Tasmania came alive in Spring.

Not just with the colourful blooming flowers but with thousands of tourists hoping to snap a picture or walk among the many coloured rows.

The Roberts-Thomson family began growing tulips in the 70s to diversify away from traditional cropping and stud sheep breeding.

David Roberts-Thomson is the latest generation to grow tulips on this ancient volcanic soils overlooking Bass Strait, he took over the farm several years ago and started experimenting with cover crops.

After several years of experimental cover cropping, Mr Roberts-Thomson thinks the soil has improved a lot.

"It's definitely changed quite a lot and it's more forgiving when we're growing crops. We don't have to work it nearly as much."

Mr Roberts-Thomson also founded a group of like-minded farmers trialling new ways to manage their soils.

"I think we are seen as a little bit fringe at the moment but there are definitely very large commercial operators who are really involved with the group.

"Because the reality is the people that are working with soil health and are kicking some goals are making more money," Mr Roberts-Thomson said.

Read more at ABC News (Hugh Hogan)

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