Clare’s Fours win

Balaklava Bowling Club hosted the Women’s Invitation Fours last Friday. Eighteen clubs travelled from Warooka, Port Pirie, Eudunda, Payneham, and places in between, to play in what was a very successful event. Clare again won the day, after taking honours in the event last year. The team this year comprised Bev Harvey, Chris Jarman, Helen […]

Sheep colour their world

Sally Crowther reports Nancy and Allan Bennett’s sheep breeding business, Bennett and Gregor, located in Reeves Plains, spins wool of a different kind. Established in 1973 at the Gregor family’s ‘Parana Park’ property, the business has a flock of 700 sheep, bred and selected to produce excellent sheep with premium quality soft spinning fleeces. Bennett […]

Landmark Cup 2012 results

  A GRADE Adelaide Plains A Grade    0.0    1.3    1.3    6.4    (40) North Eastern A Grade     0.0    1.3    1.3    3.4    (22) Goals: Adelaide Plains – L.Allmond 2, G.Dawson 2, J.Montgomerie 1, J.Allmond 1 North Eastern – R.Darling 1, B.Sandow 1, R.Prior 1 Best: Adelaide Plains – J.Montgomerie, K.Leighton, H.Walker, L.Allmond North Eastern – M.Leibelt, R.Prior, N.Hayes, […]

They wait for the break…

WHILE some areas of the state enjoyed a solid drenching over the weekend, the break of the sowing season could be a few weeks away for local farmers. Roseworthy (8.6mm), Two Wells (7.6mm), Balaklava (7mm) received the most rainfall in the district over the weekend, while other Mid North centres such as Blyth (2mm) and […]

Farmers warned on spray drift

New research shows Clare vines at risk FARMERS could face a ban of the widely-used weed control chemical, Glyphosate, if newly introduced summer spraying regulations are not acknowledged by growers. The PIRSA Summer Spraying Code of Practice was developed in consultation with the Mid North Spray Drift Committee in November last year. It was introduced […]

Roberts wins seat on new grain board

BALAKLAVA grower, Brett Roberts, was announced as one of the six directors elected to the inaugural Grain Producers SA (GPSA) board last week. GPSA is recently formed not-for-profit South Australian grain grower representative group, looking to improve the economic outcomes for all grain producers in SA. GPSA chairman, Garry Hansen, announced the board members elected […]

Harvest report tips ‘above average’ year

South Australia is on track for a slightly above-average harvest of 7.63 million tonnes, expected to inject an estimated $1.6 billion into the state’s economy. This figure is higher than the 10-year average farm-gate value of $1.5 billion, according to Primary Industries and Regions SA’s latest Crop Report. Agriculture Minister, Gail Gago, said the report […]

Rain boost, but frost hits

SOLID rainfall around the region will add much-needed weight and boost grain quality for farmers’ wheat and barley crops after a dry September began to take its toll. While growers were thrilled with the falls, the recent discovery of devastating frost damage to pea and other legume crops in the region has dampened moods. Balaklava […]

Top dogs trial at Tarlee

THE rolling green fields of Tarlee will host the second Easter Sheepdog Trial, starting today (Friday) and running throughout the weekend. Competitors have flocked from interstate to the event, the highest paid trial outside the South Australian State championships. Event organiser, Janice Gennaro, said she was hoping for another big crowd this weekend, after last […]

Compare farm performance

Grain growers throughout South Australia can now compare their farm performance with regional benchmarks. A Grains Research and Development Corporation-commissioned study has established physical and financial performance benchmarks for each grain-producing agroecological zone and provided insights into how the top performing farms have achieved their enterprise success. Undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and […]