Shepparton News

Fields of gold

Across the region fields of gold are flowering. It is a beautiful sight, especially for farmers who are looking at record prices for their crop.

- By Georgia Rossiter

Goulburn Valley’s canola farmers are set to reap the benefits of high prices and large crop volumes this season.

Continued shortages in the supply of the oilseed crop overseas have seen prices remain at more than $800 per tonne.

Wyuna East mixed farmer Jake Thompson planted a hybrid variety of canola this season and is expecting a good yield from the crop.

“We’re expecting big things from canola this year,” he said.

Agronomist at Advanced Ag in Shepparton Tim Anderson said while it would be hard to beat last season’s yield, farmers were still expecting a good season come December.

“They probably won’t be as good as last year, because they were probably (the best) yields we’ve ever seen,’ he said.

“But they’ll be solid.”

The Australian Bureau of Agricultur­al and Resources Economics and Sciences (ABARES) said while this year’s yield was expected to fall by 10 per cent compared to last year, it’s still expected to be above long-term averages.

ABARES also recorded a 24 per cent increase in canola crops in Australia this year, the third highest on record at three million hectares.

Mr Anderson said Advanced Ag sold one of its largest volumes of canola seed this year.

“For a dry start there was definitely more acres planted,” he said.

Many crops in the region have recovered from the bumpy start to the season, and quality is still expected to be high.

“It was a tough start for it due to patchy germinatio­n and late autumn break but since then it’s been very good,” Mr Anderson said.

According to Mr Thompson, they test the quality of their canola by seeing how far their kids can run through the field before getting stuck.

“You want to know how good your canola is? See how hard it is to walk through,” Mr Thompson said.

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Picture: RODNEY BRAITHWAIT­E
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 ?? Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? Blooming time: Canola crops in the Goulburn Valley, like these in Wyuna East, are expected to have high yields this season. Overseas shortages have seen prices remain at over $800 per tonne.
Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e Blooming time: Canola crops in the Goulburn Valley, like these in Wyuna East, are expected to have high yields this season. Overseas shortages have seen prices remain at over $800 per tonne.

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