Rain des­per­ately needed as sow­ing sea­son ap­proaches

Busy en­sur­ing farm­ers have enough to feed their cows

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

THUN­DER­STORMS have been pass­ing over, but as yet they have yielded very lit­tle rain in this area.

I guess there are al­ways win­ners and losers with thun­der­storms and hope­fully we will be on the win­ning side be­fore An­zac Day.

Sow­ing is his­tor­i­cally started on the day af­ter An­zac Day in this area, so there is al­ways a cer­tain amount of an­tic­i­pa­tion as the date ap­proaches.

Aswellas­com­mem­o­rat­ingthe day, it is also a time of prepa­ra­tion for the new sow­ing sea­son.

Most of our seed clean­ing has been com­pleted.

We just have one va­ri­ety of wheat to be cleaned as well as the field peas.

Colin has been tidy­ing up out in the pad­docks.

He has been clean­ing up fallen limbs from the crop­ping area and also re­mov­ing some old fences, which will help max­imise the sow­ing area in some of our smaller pad­docks.

It will also re­con­fig­ure the di­rec­tion that these re­aligned pad­docks will be sown in.

The last four weeks have had me flat out in the truck de­liv­er­ing wheat and bar­ley into dairy farm­ers’ stor­ages.

Just when I think there is noth­ing on for the day, an­other dairy farmer finds that he hasn’t kept a check on the lev­els in his stor­age and I am on the road again to make sure the cows will be fed the next day!

It has been pleas­ing to see the rises in the grain prices as the sea­son has pro­gressed and the ex­tra dol­lars should help to keep the bank man­ager a lit­tle hap­pier!

I have also been kept on the hop with con­tact­ing new and cur­rent TM Ag cus­tomers de­ter­min­ing their needs for the com­ing sea­son.

We have some in­for­ma­tion ses­sions lined up, so the first week of April is just about booked out for me.

We had a trip away over the week­end to a grand­daugh­ter’s birth­day party.

It’s al­ways fun to catch up with the young ones and see their de­vel­op­ment.

They sur­prise us all the time with what they are learn­ing and we en­joy our times with them.

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