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27 November 2019
By Colin MacGillivray
Wimmera and southern Mallee farmers in the midst of harvest believe this season’s crop is shaping up as one of the best in recent years.
The region’s growers have mostly begun harvest during the past two weeks and some have reported strong yields.
Jung farmer Gavin Puls said he was harvesting hurricane lentils and would begin to harvest a barley crop next week.
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He said he anticipated starting a wheat harvest after two weeks on barley and would aim to finish at about the end of the year.
He said all indications were that this year’s crop was a good one.
“Around the Wimmera it’s looking pretty good. The Mallee is probably a little bit down,” he said.
“Things are looking great around the paddocks – the yields are quite handy, and the prices are pretty good as well, so I can’t complain at all.
“It’s going to be quite a good year for the farmers, which should help peg back a few of the ordinary ones we’ve had before this.
“We should be able to give the bank and the taxman a bit back, and there’ll be a bit left for the town hopefully.” Grain storage company Viterra’s Dooen manager Andrew Brown said the site had received its first load of barley on November 12 and had subsequently received loads of lentils, barley and canola.
He said the outlook was generally positive for the region.
“We are in constant communication with growers regarding yield and quality and growers are expecting an above-average year,” he said.
“Feedback from growers is that they are very pleased with the quality and yield of barley and canola.
“Canola started being delivered last week. The first deliveries came from the south of Horsham rather than the north, which is where we generally see the first loads of canola come from.
“The quality of lentils has also been good. We normally see harvest deliveries continue into our Dooen site through to mid-January depending on weather conditions.
“We will continue to work closely with growers throughout this time to ensure we are providing them with a valuable and efficient service.”
The entire November 27, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!
The entire November 27, 2019 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!