Alf Hannaford: The Grader Man

Alf Hannaford was an agricultural pioneer. He devoted much time and energy to tenaciously improving cereal crops through seed grading, and the protection of crops by controlling cereal diseases and infestations through seed treatment. Alf’s inventions and machinery developments, which simplified those processes, are a memorial to his life’s work.   Read the full story […]

SA’s worst roads left off high priority project list

The absence of South Australia’s worst roads on the list of highest priority projects for Infrastructure Australia, including Horrocks Highway, has been slammed by the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) SA as ‘totally unacceptable.’ Chief executive of CCF (SA), Phil Sutherland, said none of the eight projects on Infrastructure Australia’s (IA) updated high priority list, were […]

Big Broughton Bridge rebuild

Transporting construction materials and agricultural goods from the Spalding area, north of Adelaide, to destinations all over South Australia and the Northern Territory will now be safer and easier thanks to the recently completed replacement of the Broughton Valley Road Bridge at Broughton River Valley. Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said the new bridge’s […]

New drought assistance tool launched

An online resource for farmers in drought is set to continue and Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has welcomed the news. “Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has just announced FarmHub, an online resource enabling farmers to have a single and straightforward place to find out what drought assistance is available to them,” Mr Ramsey said. […]

Wash-out at Mount Cuthbert

Balaklava local, Tom Lloyd, has been doing the FIFO (fly in fly out) thing for a few years now. At present, he is working at the Mt Cuthbert copper mine in north Queensland about 140km from Cloncurry. Lately it’s been a damn hot place to work. This all changed about the middle of last week […]

New board for Murray Darling

The full board of the Murray Darling Association met last week as part of a three-day meeting of local government leaders from across the Murray Darling Basin. Included in the program was a briefing from the acting chair of the Murray Darling Basin authority Ms Joanna Hewitt AO and CEO Phillip Glyde on current conditions […]

Hopeful for 2019

Hello and happy new year to everyone, and another season is quickly approaching. Last year was very much a year that was sporadic at best, and extremely dry at worst. The months it did rain were few and far between, with the dry front half of the year not seeing much improvement in the second […]

Vintage 2019 off and running

Vintage 2019 has kicked off in the Clare Valley with the first, early ripening varieties of wine grapes already in the bin. Vintage began at Taylors Wines yesterday morning (Tuesday, February 5) and viticulturist Ben Mitchell said the very early ripening Pinot Noir variety – not commonly grown throughout the Clare Valley – was the […]