Wheat price steady, bar­ley up due to lack of sup­ply

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - Inside The Fence -

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.

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