Adrian Noaro is the latest to take on the mantle of running the family farm, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who moved over from Italy in the 1930s.
From sheep, beef, and potatoes in the 1930s, through to the innovative arable farm it is today, what has stayed the same at Noaro Farms is the family who runs it. Adrian Noaro is the latest to take on the mantle of running the family farm, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who moved over from Italy in the 1930s.
Adrian officially took over the farm in 2004 and things were going pretty well until potato psyllid hit the farm in 2006/07. After crunching the numbers, 2010 was the last season they planted potatoes.
They now grow maize and wheat, both for grain and to make the farm more sustainable. Adrian has invested heavily in new technology including GPS, precision spraying and precision planting. He’s also put yield monitoring in the combine to monitor what the paddocks are doing and pinpoint areas of the paddocks that need extra work.
He's also invested in a water conservation system that uses a land levelling blade and precision GPS to contour the paddocks for better drainage and avoid ponding.
Since the 1990s, when the wheat comes out at the end of February, Noaro farms have been hosting a plough competition where between 25 and 30 tractors from around the country trying to plough as straight as they can.