We finished the last of the harvesting two weeks ago. This is certainly the earliest we’ve finished harvest in recent times. 2019 has been the lowest rainfall season on record in most areas on the Yorke Peninsula.
Our harvest operations kicked off with windrowing some barley in early October. Our annual rainfall has been the lowest on record at most of the properties we farm.
2019 has broken all of the local rainfall records, being the driest season ever since readings were first kept in 1875. Locally our annual rainfall is down about 50% from the long term average.
2019 is a season in which we keep receiving small rainfall events. Whilst they are small, they are not insignificant in that they continue to give us hope for the season.
We finished seeding late last week. The John Deere did around 650 engine hours in five weeks.
After a record-breaking dry spell, we were fortunate to receive some rain over the last few weeks. We have received around 25 to 35 mm from the recent two rainfall events, which has been amazing.
It’s that time of year again – it rolls around pretty quickly. It’s been a busy few months with plenty going on in the paddocks.
After eight huge weeks, this year’s harvest has finally wrapped up. After a very dry year, Mother Nature certainly turned on some wild weather.
We’ve had a pretty good run at the harvest so far with reasonably cool conditions, managing to complete about 75% of our program in the last month.
We started windrowing some barley a few weeks ago. Due to the dry season, the barley crops are much shorter than usual, so we have been windrowing the taller barley crops and will reap the shorter crops standing.