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 […]

Viterra considers feedback

BULK grain handler Viterra has completed its consultation stage on its own internal harvest review. The company circulated a survey to growers earlier this month and held several meetings around the state to gain feedback for its report. Post Harvest Review Working Group chair, Rob Kerin, said the group’s efforts had been fairly comprehensive. “The […]

Farmers urged to watch world trends

Five factors in grain crop ‘hedging ’says analyst The outlook for the grains market over the next 12 months is optimistic, but farmers are urged to keep a close eye on some major world trends before committing hedging plans for the 2011/2012 crop. That was the word from Rabobank senior analyst, economics and commodities, Wayne […]