Mildura Weekly : Friday January 22 Vol 10 No 11
NEWS 05 FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By ALEXANDRA TRELOAR MALLEE farmers are report- ing a below average finish to the 2015/16 grain harvest sea- son, blaming extreme heat, low rainfall and low prices. Werrimull farmer Ian Ar- ney said that while his har- vest had produced enough to make a profit, he was disap- pointed with the yield. “From what I’ve heard it’s been a below average season all over the place,” Mr Arney said this week. “My crop was okay, but I’d say it was lower than aver- age with just over half a tonne to the hectare for wheat, and barley varied from 1.2 tonnes up to 1.8 tonnes, which is fairly light.” Mr Arney also said the most detrimental point of the growing season was the ex- treme heatwave in early Octo- ber which severely damaged potential crops. “The biggest issue in terms of yield was those couple of hot days in October where we experienced real damage, up until then the crop was hang- ing in beautifully,” he said. On the other side of the Mallee in Ouyen, farmer Ian Hastings said the dry grow- ing season was the major factor in the below average result for crops. “Ouyen received 220mm total rainfall, which is rea- sonably low for the year,” he said. “Most farmers out here are averaging 1 to 1.1 tonne as a yield, and in barley 1.2 to 1.5 tonne, so we are look- ing at 10 to 15 percent be- low the average in terms of yield.” Mr Hastings said the heatwave in October may not have been so detrimental to crops had there been more rain in the growing season. “The fact that we were short of rainfall in winter and had a dry spring was why it affected the crops so much,” he said. “It wouldn’t have had such a big impact if there was more moisture in the ground.” According to Australian Crop Forecasters – the lead- ing independent crop infor- mation service in the coun- try – the yield potential of the Mallee and Wimmera dropped by about 14 percent in the week of the heatwave. In terms of marketing strategy in the Mallee, Mr Hastings said there is no def- inite trend in what farmers are doing with their grain, despite the price in wheat dropping up to $40 a tonne late last year. “I think it’s an incredibly mixed bag of what farmers are doing with their grain, some are selling straight away for cash flow and oth- ers are holding to see what the price does,” he said. “It’s very dry down in the grazing and dairy farm areas so there is a chance that the domestic price will pick up, but as far as the international market is concerned I can’t see it changing much more.” As for the future of cereal farming, Mr Hastings said success in the industry is due to the technological and educational advances in the system. “Our modern farming methods is what is giving us returns and have allowed us to have good crops,” he said. “The farming system now in general is allowing us to do things that 20 years ago was hard to do and not financial- ly viable.” Heatwave reduces Mallee grain harvest • WERRIMULL farmer Ian Arney checks his “below average season” grain from the 2015/16 harvest. Mildura City Market THE Mildura City Market returns from 8am this Sunday in the Langtree Mall and Ninth Street. Local crafts, home cooking, fruit and vegetables as well as jams, honey, pickles and dried fruit will be available. You will also find natural beauty products, jewellery, books and plants. For further information or to book a stall, contact 0400 032 803. Mildura BMW Cnr Seventh St & Etiwanda Ave, Mildura. Ph (03) 5021 2999. www.mildurabmw.com.au LMCT 10074 Mildura BMW Sales Finance Service Parts THE FIRST EVER BMW M2 COUPÉ IS COMING TO MILDURA BMW. FAST-TRACKED FOR GREATNESS. One of the most anticipated Ultimate Driving Machines is about to hit Australian roads – and racetracks. The first ever BMW M2 Coupé will deliver superior driving dynamics, perfectly-balanced 50:50 weight distribution, the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and a 0-100 km/h time of just 4.3 seconds for an M2 with M DCT transmission – all in a lighter, more nimble and aggressive looking body. Visit Mildura BMW today to arrange a test-drive and experience the first ever BMW M2 Coupé in all its glory.
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