Seeding 2018 kicks off.
We started seeding two weeks ago in very dry conditions. Locally our annual rainfall is under half of the long-term average with Port Victoria receiving just over an inch of rain for the year. There is virtually no moisture in the sub soil so we will push on dry sowing in the coastal areas where the winter crop will require all of the growing season rainfall to reach its full potential. After baiting in March the mice numbers seem to be very low & our night shift driver Tim is seeing very few mice in the paddocks. The seed will sit there until the opening rain arrives & we will are looking for a substantial rainfall event to get the crop up & growing.
It’s a nervous time as many farmers across the state are beginning to kick off seeding.
Best of luck, stay safe & hopefully rain soon 👍🏻
Seeding rolls on with some welcome rain!!
We were fortunate to receive an inch of rain after two weeks of sowing dry. This was a huge relief & should give us enough moisture to germinate our whole cropping program. The seeder has been running continually for nearly four weeks with only a few shifts off for Anzac day & Mothers day. The early crops have shot out of the ground as the soil is still warm. We should finish sowing next week & will be looking for follow up rains in the next few weeks. Thanks for the huge effort from our dedicated team of staff.
Most of the cropping areas throughout the state seem to have received reasonable opening rains with the exception of some areas in the Mallee who are still waiting. Most weather forecasts are predicting a solid rainfall front to arrive in the first week in June. Here’s hoping 🤞
Safe seeding 👍🏻