Crop Circle Consulting and Research is an independent research agronomy firm, based in Geraldton, the central hub of the northern agricultural region of Western Australia.
Grant Thompson and his team combine attention to detail and rigorous methodology to test new plant breeding material, fertilisers and pesticide chemistry in a variable Mediterranean climate.
The region is a world leader in lupin (lupinus angustifolius) production, as well as producing quality hard and noodle wheats, malting and feed barley, canola, chickpeas, oats, triticale and grazing pastures.
The region ranges from light textured grey sandy soils, through to deep loamy sand yellow sandplain soils, acidic wodjil soils, red loamy sand soils through to heavy red clay loam soils overlying limestone.
Director and Agronomist
Director and agronomist Grant Thompson has been working alongside and consulting to farmers in the area for many years. Grant grew up working alongside his parents on a 29000 hectare (72000 acre) grain and livestock property in Mullewa. After completing an honours degree in Agricutural Science at the University of Western Australia, majoring in soil science and plant nutrition, Grant worked on farms in the UK before returning home to work as a researcher for Wesfarmers CSBP Ltd, in their Field Research Unit. A 2 year stint as a regional and fee for service agronomist for IAMA led to a contractors postion at Wesfarmers Dalgety and then Landmark in Geraldton, whilst working as a private consultant agronomist to growers in the midwest.
In recent times, our R&D efforts have been focused on creating new farming systems and strategies to combat climate variability, control exotic summer and winter weeds, storing and managing soil water and increasing farm productivity and profitability using fallow systems, residual herbicides and herbicide tolerant crops. This work culminated in a 3 year, 3 location, 3400 plot project funded by the GRDC, utilizing R&D contractors and partners.
As optimists, we at Crop Circle Consulting believe that the future of agriculture is a bright one. Adopting new technology, managing climate variability, improving our farming environment and our carbon footprint will be the key to making agriculture sustainable and profitable into the future.
Chloe is currently preparing to commence tertiary studies in agriculture in 2021. She grew up on a grain and livestock farm in the Wheatbelt town of Pingelly, attending all my primary school in the town moving to Geraldton at the beginning of 2016 to complete high school at Nagle Catholic College, graduating in 2019. For the harvest 2019/20 season, she worked on the CBH bins in Brookton as a receival point operator. Chloe is now currently working a gap year for Crop Circle with plans to begin studying an agricultural degree in 2021 whilst still working part-time for Crop Circle.
Alby has four years experience in agricultural research and field work.
After completing high school at Morawa Agricultural College he worked for Australian Grain Technologies as a field/lab technician while completing an Associate Degree in Agriculture at Muresk. Alby went on to work as a Research Agronomist for Kalyx where he conducted and managed numerous research trials thought out the state.
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Grant Thompson (Thomo) has been an integral part of the Critch Family farm at Tenindewa for over 10 years. Thomo has a good understanding of the challenges faced by farmers in our region having grown up on a farm north of Mullewa.
Thomo is always looking to improve the profitability of our business and is a leader in agronomic research in the northern ag region. We have enjoyed working with Thomo in the past and to continue this for years to come.
Waringa Farming has been using Grant Thompson from Crop Circle Consulting since 2009. Grant has played a big part in our business by providing independent agronomic consulting to Waringa. Grant works with us to provide the agronomic knowledge, new ideas and a second opinion and this has been important to our business to ensure we make the right agronomic decisions.
As Grant has been brought up in a low rainfall and large broad acre farming environment we believe this experience together with his agronomic accumen combined gives him great knowledge to advise and assist us to make the right decision.
I have worked closely with Grant over the past 15 years, he has been instrumental in all aspects of his agronomy advise adding a huge amount of value to our business. His vast knowledge gives me all the confidence I need.