Farming family honoured to win
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.”