About Us

Welcome to Morvenvale –  a grain and cotton farm  located  between Walgett  and Collarenebri on the North Western Plains of New South Wales,  Australia.
Owned and operated by David and Sue Ricardo.

Peter monitoring Sunlin wheat October 2001 Contract sowing with the Steiger STX 375 and Daybreak disc planter July 2006. Tractor, planter and seedbox all on 3m centres Barley

We are zero till farmers cropping 5000ha
on 475mm (19 inch) annual rainfall.

2 new Kotzur silos with aeration built Sept 2006 Cairo fababeans sown 25 April 2005 into 2004 barley stubble JCB 3220 & 3230 Fastrac on 3m wheel spacings. Both fitted with Beeline autosteer with Hayes 36m 6800 lt boomsprays. 

We grow a mixture of crops in rotation.
Cotton, wheat, barley, chickpeas and fababeans are our
main crops with some canola too.

Peter inspecting canola Sept 2004 Harvesting barley 2004 David inspecting darling pea weeds and Lang wheat 2004 

Our soils are susceptable to compaction.
Mackay barley Oct 2005 Sunlin wheat 2004 Sunlin wheat 2005 
3 metre tramlines and a no stock policy help.

Case 8010 & 13m HoneyBee draper front 2004 Case 8010 with Beeline self steer Harvesting barley Nov 2004 

Above all – we love our stubble.
110t & 80t Dunstan bins help the grain flow at harvest loading a roadtrain in minutes. New Westfield 91foot auger and seed silos Kinze 24 ton chaserbin with electronic scales. 
Ground cover is king when it comes
to storing moisture and keeping it
as near to the surface as possible.

“We’re Case nuts - not nut cases”


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  1. Hello from the other side of Australia – Perth WA – found your site – grew up between Walgett and Lightning Ridge, my mother came from Collarenebri ….so interested to see what’s going on in that part of the world these days. I expect you’ve had a recent inundation with the rain in South West Qld. All the best with your season.

  2. hello David and Peter,
    verry interesting website about Australian farming. nices pictures !
    i’m French ,we have a farm in Burgundy ,it’s in the east of France. 350 km in the south east of Paris.
    We are in the plain near DIJON , (this city is know in all the world for mustard ! )
    the name off the village is BARGES !!!
    but the country (Burgundy is also know for wine ! red wine.)
    the main crops are wheat ,sunflower ,canola(colza for us) ,soja.
    we have good conditions for farming in France ,in wheat we have between 7.5 and 9.5 tons/HA ,but it’s when all the conditions are good !
    i have good friends in Canada ,in Saskatchewan ,in the great plains ,they have a big farm ,it’s like you in Australia.

    have a nice harvesting (in France it’s in 2 month, the lexion combine is ready to go !!!)

    bye bye

  3. Hi David
    I have been over to a number of countries since I last left a message, one being Kazakhstan on a second visit, I am making some inroads into their change-over to Zero Till to the extent that we may have a delegation of farmers and research people coming on a 10 day visit so will be making contact with you to see your operation and show them the correct approach to ZT and Tramline farming. Hope your year is above average? Will be in touch. Snow Keene principal of ZERO TILL International.

  4. This is first farm blog i’m watching . Promoting a farm digitally is very good idea. beside that driving is also important for farming.

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