Posts Tagged ‘P.A. Yeomans’
Join Joel Salatin on the central coast of California for a ranch visit with Janina Pawlowski and Doniga and Erik Markegard form Markegard Family Grass-Fed. Joel describes how to divide pasture land based on keylines as well as how to manage pasture with seasonal dry conditions.
Percival Alfred Yeomans or “P.A” as he became known to all alike, changed Australian agriculture. It is doubtful that any man in this country’s history has had such a profound influence on the thinking and methods used by the Australian agricultural community.
He was from the country, but grew up in a town. His father, James Yeomans was a train driver, and close friend of our World War Two Prime Minister, Ben Chifley.
When P.A. started farming he had already achieved considerable success in business. He applied the same thoughtful and common sense approach to agriculture that had proven so successful in his other ventures. He knew what Australian agriculture needed. He created a “sustainable agricultural” system before the term was even coined. A permanent agriculture, he believed, must materially benefit the farmer, it must benefit the land and it must benefit the soil.
His ideas of collecting and storing large quantities of run off water on the farm itself for subsequent irrigation was virtually unheard of, and quite opposed to state soil conservation departments then, and by some even now. His ideas to create within the soil a biological environment to actually increase fertility was unique, and totally opposed to the simplistic approach of the agricultural chemical industry. His ideas that using tyned tillage equipment and a unique concept of pattern cultivation could totally solve the ravages of erosion, was sacrilege in the eyes of extravagant and wasteful soil conservation services. They still are seen as a sacrilege to convention by many, even to this day. A quotation from the great German physicist; Max Planck, (1885 – 1947) seems so relevant to the concepts, the thoughts and the beliefs of P. A. Yeomans:
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die”.
“The Keyline Plan” P. A. Yeomans [online book]