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 […]

November’s about to get active and wet

Hello everyone, this week I have an update to the outlook for the remainder of spring, and also for summer. As you will now have realised, tropical moisture from the monsoon is starting to focus around the top end of the country, and is now filtering its way south. I will run through why that […]

Don’t be a clown, shut the header down!

Observe the FDI  Yep it’s that time of year again, harvest and header fires. While all farmers harvest with a firefighter nearby these days, it is still important to adhere to the Fire Danger Index (FDI). There are many private weather stations scattered throughout the Mid and Upper North, solar powered, and able to be […]

Fiery start to harvest

IT has been a hectic start to harvest for farmers and CFS volunteers alike, with several fires requiring rapid response in recent weeks. Blazes were sparked on Sunday at Snowtown and Everard Central, while a fire in Kelvin Tiller’s lentil crop near Grace Plains on Monday claimed one of his headers, despite having fire breaks […]