John Ryan

John Ryan AM has been directly involved in the development of agricultural mechanical systems for more than 30 years. He is a nephew of the renowned Percival Yeomans, who developed the first deep cultivating plough in the early 1950s. Mr Ryan also gained intimate knowledge of soil agronomy through his uncle's Keyline Farming concept which is a system of farming on the contour, still used today to create efficient use of water and prevent water erosion. Having qualified as a mechanical engineer, he won the Prince Phillip Prize in 1974 for engineering excellence in developing a soil renovating machine called the Shakeaerator. He also designed the first Agrowplow deep tillage machine and in the space of eight years between 1977 and 1985, saw 4000 models sold throughout Australia. The Agrowplow is widely acclaimed as an important contributor to soil conservation and increasing soil fertility. In 1987, Mr Ryan established a business in Western Australia which has grown into one of the most innovative businesses in WA at the cutting edge of precision seeding technology and soil conservation. In 2001, he launched the Multistream, the world's first totally integrated airseeder, capable of accurately metering both granular and liquid product. Mr Ryan continues to remain at the cutting edge of agricultural mechanical systems and is currently continuing research in WA to assess liquid nutrients to replace bulk fertilisers. In July, 2004, Mr Ryan was awarded an Australian Member in the General Division of the Queen's Birthday honours list in recognition for his services to primary industry particularly through the innovation, design and development of specialist agricultural equipment and the promotion of environmentally sustainable cropping and soil management practices.
Bio last updated 03 Jul 2017

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