Along with dawn services and marches, the Anzac Day tradition of sowing crops continued in many areas of the Goulburn Valley, and farmers were pleased to be sowing into moisture.LAURA GRIFFIN AND CATHY WALKER April 29, 2014 3:10am
Sowing programs have tended to start earlier than the traditional Anzac Day start, as people sow larger areas to crops including canola.
Cosgrove’s Alex Graham began planting last Tuesday and was halfway through putting in about 200
He will then sow about the same area to wheat, all dryland, and hopes to be finished by late May.
Mr Graham said although the about 76
The rain has allowed him to do ‘‘some good knockdown sprays’’, including on rye-grass.
Because the paddocks Mr Graham was sowing last season had been pasture — he runs 800 Merino breeding ewes — he also ran a multidisc over them.
Youanmite’s Wayne Thomas, who was also sowing canola last week, said the about 85
‘‘You’ve got to be optimistic to put plants in and we’ve got a good start with good subsoil moisture,’’ Mr Thomas said.
Forecasts for the coming growing season, including the increased chance of an El Niño occurring, tempered his optimism.
The Bureau of Meteorology last week said the likelihood of El Niño remained high, with all climate models surveyed by the bureau now indicating El Niño is likely to occur in 2014. Six of the seven models suggest El Niño thresholds may be exceeded as early as July.
Arcadia’s Tim Sorraghan was not perturbed by predictions of a 60 per cent or better chance of El Niño conditions developing this winter, potentially bringing a dry finish for the crops.
‘‘Not in the slightest,’’ he said. ‘‘We’ve got no control over that.’’
Rain earlier in April made conditions perfect for Mr Sorraghan to decide to begin sowing canola on April 20.
His family property Rockdale has swapped dairying for crops and beef cattle.
‘‘We started the canola on Sunday and we’ll probably finish on Saturday night,’’ said Mr Sorraghan, who is putting in 324
Then he will turn his attention to wheat.
‘‘We’ll go straight onto wheat. We’re sowing Gregory and Magenta (breeds) on 1300 acres (526
‘‘We had a good start to the year with the rain recently.
‘‘There’s enough moisture to bring the crops up now so we’re not too fussed about follow-up rain; we’d like to get something within the next month.’’
VFF president Peter Tuohey also jumped the traditional Anzac Day sowing start gun, posting a photo from his paddock lit by the headlights of the tractor on Thursday night when he Tweeted:
‘‘Started sowing wheat yesterday, not too early is it? (Scout).’’
Mr Tuohey, who crops around 3000
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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