Wheat price steady, barley up due to lack of supply
THE past month has been a busy one.
Colin has been smudging canola stubble and some worked ground.
The work is to level out some of the bumps and hollows that have appeared over time using minimum till practices.
The truck work has been steady even when the thermometer was over the 40 degree mark.
I guess cows still need to eat.
We have been selling wheat at the same price as what we were getting at harvest, but the barley price is now almost $50 per tonne better.
Grain traders are warning that barley for the dairy industry could be in short supply over the next few months.
The first weekend of February, Denise and I spent a great three nights at a resort in Moama to while away the weekend of my birthday.
It was totally relaxing and eventhough we weren’t far from home, it just goes to show you don’t need to travel for hours to enjoy a weekend away.
We spent Saturday morning doing the tourist thing in our own town and thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the recently opened Port of Echuca Discovery Centre.
While there has been quite a bit of controversy over this building, we found it to be very informative and interesting and the walkways along the Murray River are quite spectacular.
We were pleased to leave there at midday though as the temperature was rising rapidly.
Staff had been setting up for an afternoon wedding on the wharf and all we could think was that we wished them luck and were glad it wasn’t one that we were invited to.
Colin and I attended the BEST Ag conference in Goulburn and listened to some very informative speakers.
The more I hear and see of this product, the more I am convinced that at last we have a product that will improve the biology of the soil.
I am now in the midst of making contact with both new and old prospective users of the product and organising a couple of presentations for growers.
We did get some rain – in fact more than I thought we would, but it’s really too early to be of much use at this stage.
But the 19 millimetres certainly helped the veggie garden.
MURRAY GILBY, with wife Denise and son Colin, farm a 700 hectare cropping property at Kotupna, 30 kilometres east of Echuca. The farming enterprise includes cropping canola, barley and wheat, along with an agricultural contracting business, supplying customers with all their cropping needs.