Victorian, NSW farmers celebrate autumn break with once-in-a-century string of good seasons

An agricultural market analyst says Victorians are experiencing a once-in-a-century string of good crops as farmers experience a perfectly-timed autumn break. 

Andrew Whitelaw from Thomas Elder Markets mentioned many farmers had loved three well-above-average seasons — one thing not seen because the early Twenties.

He mentioned current climate had arrange farmers for a good season. 

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Mr Whitelaw mentioned farming hasn’t seen such a run of good seasons because the Twenties.(ABC News)

“Victoria has been actually missing soil moisture and this current rainfall has actually helped pump it alongside,” Mr Whitelaw mentioned. 

Hopes to spice up international wheat provide

Mr Whitelaw mentioned it may enable Australia to assist increase the worldwide wheat provide.

“We’ve acquired loads of points all over the world which is inflicting international wheat prices to rise,” he mentioned.

“China is having a horrible time with its winter wheat crop, issues are very tight on the worldwide market, and if we’re capable of produce a good crop and promote into market this excessive priced [market] then that’ll be glorious.”

Grain farmers throughout north-west and central Victoria are feeling optimistic about the 2022 season after perfectly-timed rain to arrange an autumn break.

At Meringur in far north-west Victoria, 30 millimetres of rain fell throughout most of Ron Hards’ farm on Monday evening and Tuesday.

He mentioned some farmers within the center of the Millewa had as much as 50-60mm of their gauges.

“It’s in all probability the perfect common rain we have had for a protracted very long time,” Mr Hards mentioned.

“Everything may be very saturated so it will be a day or two earlier than we will get something performed.

“It creates a good bit of optimism.”

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Farmers at Donald, west of Bendigo, recorded greater than 30mm of rain within the final couple of days.(Supplied)

Mr Hards has already planted all of his vetch and put a pair of paddocks of lentils in previous to the rain.

He may also sow oats and barley within the coming weeks.

He had already contemplating altering his plans to keep away from frost harm to make sure it is not going to all should be harvested on the similar time.

“We had been planning to sow some extra lentils this week, however now we have had rain every little thing’s going to come back up and it is in all probability simply on the borderline of being a fraction early for some of it,” Mr Hards mentioned.

Wimmera moist

Further south at Rupanyup within the Wimmera, Andrew Weidemann recorded 54mm on his property.

It is a major distinction to final season.

“We had been dry proper up till June 14. Everything was sown dry,” Mr Weidemann mentioned.

A wheat crop in western Victoria.
Farmers say the current rain is a confidence booster for his or her winter crops.(ABC News)

But he was not in an enormous rush to start out sowing.

Killing weeds that germinate from the rain can be his first precedence.

“We will not need all of the crop arising in April given the frost danger that may entail later within the 12 months,”

This season, farmers are additionally dealing with excessive gas and fertiliser prices.

“In our personal case we’re in all probability taking a look at a 75-80 per cent enhance on our common program of fertiliser inputs, and mechanical can be a lot the identical,” he mentioned.

“We’re actually holding fairly vital quantities of chemical as a result of we regarded on the scenario final 12 months in September and October, so we ahead bought loads of our enter prices ourselves.” 

Northern Victoria-NSW cheering too

Scott Burger is a senior agronomist at BR&C in Barham in southern New South Wales and mentioned he couldn’t keep in mind the final time he had seen fixed rain like this in autumn.

Mr Burger mentioned acquired 46mm in Barham and mentioned it was excellent timing for his 1,200-hectare rice crop. 

“Over the final 4 months we have had about 50mm over a pair of days. But, you recognize, in summer season it simply disappears.

“It’s simply improbable, it is a confidence booster actually.”

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