Family on top for a great crop

AN HONOUR TO WIN: Dane Lund on the family property Wondabah with the silos where the magic happens.
AN HONOUR TO WIN: Dane Lund on the family property Wondabah with the silos where the magic happens. Jessica Dorey

CLERMONT'S Lund family has received one of central Queensland's most respected cropping awards, the Mark Donaldson Memorial Shield.

Their property, Wondabah, is a 10,000ha mixed cropping and cattle enterprise.

The property, which has been in the family since the mid-1960s, is home to John and Victoria Lund, son Dane, daughter-in-law Nic and grandsons Lincoln and Braydon.

The family won the competition with a crop of Pacific MR43 sorghum that yielded 5.35t/ha during the 2015-16 harvest.

The competition is in its sixth year and judges sorghum crops from across the Central Highlands.

The shield is dedicated in memoriam to Mark Donaldson, a highly respected farmer who died in a tragic accident at family property Neelia in Capella.

John Lund said it was an honour to receive the award and be recognised by his peers.

"The award is a recognition of what we've achieved through the summer sorghum crop,” he said.

"It's an honour. We've never won it before and Mark was a great fella. He was highly regarded among the farming community in the Central Highlands, so it means a lot to us as a family.”

Crops are judged on the yield and quality of the sorghum. In particular they look for a large grain size, which is a reflection of the quality of the crop.

Mr Lund said the successful crop was due to a number of contributing factors.

"It's been a tough year but we had good country, good management and were fortunate with rainfall,” he said.

"Rain is a guiding factor in grain crops. Your life revolves around it - it can sometimes mean the difference between a crop growing and not growing a crop.

"Thankfully we lucked out on a couple of storms this season and the particular sorghum variety we grow seems to handle dry conditions well.”

Topics:  clermont sorghum