Girl power as vintage wraps up

It was a case of girl power for the O’Connor Harvesting team this vintage with Jan O’Connor, owner and logistics coordinator, Gitte Fraser machine harvester operator and Melissa Eaton owner of Valley Vine Works and machine operator leading the harvesting team (pictured above). With vintage almost finished, O’Connor Harvesting’s Frank Nicholls says yields were down, […]

Valley vintage under way

Clare Valley’s 2018 grape vintage has kicked off with early varieties starting to fill bins, and while yields are expected to be down on last year’s bumper harvest, the quality of fruit is looking good. Clare Regional Grapegrowers Association chair, Troy van Dulken, said with picking of “Riesling on track for late February and the […]

The Rainbow Bee-eater

Thanks to Chris Steeles, local bird watcher and twitcher extraordinaire, this month’s feature bird is the Rainbow Bee-eater. Moving down in flocks toward the end of October each year, Rainbow Bee-eaters spend the summer months in the warmer climates of southern Australia. The Adelaide Plains is a popular area for these spectacularly coloured birds over […]

Show us your shed!

Pimp My Workshop with Over the Fence and the Agfert angels Thanks to the team at the Plains Producer and Agfert Balaklava, we have come up with a bit of inspiration to clean your workshop, man cave or mobile work unit. First prize is a 36 bin parts storage rack, and it’s on wheels! So […]

Reporting going the whole hog

Australia’s biosecurity will be further strengthened by the delivery of a national reporting scheme for the pork industry. The move brings the pork industry in line with the cattle, sheep and goat industries. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, welcomed mandatory reporting of all pig movements under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), […]

Winter grass: the cold, hard truth on herbicide resistance

A previously low-key weed, winter grass (Poa annua) is challenging the herbicide resistance crown held by annual ryegrass, with glyphosate-resistant populations being confirmed in Victoria. Perhaps considered as being more like Clark Kent than Superman, herbicide resistance testing has shown otherwise with at least 20 populations of winter grass exhibiting resistance to simazine (group C), […]

Toby takes top prize

Beer can Pot Hole Challenge winners After months of deliberation, we are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Beer Can Pot Hole Challenge is Toby Michael of Salter Springs. Toby’s photos demonstrated ingenuity and photographic excellence. Toby may be on course as a still life photographer in the future. His prize is a […]