The heavy rains forecast for Queensland’s cropping zones last Friday and Saturday failed to live up to expectations with recordings barely enough to make a difference to emerging crops in Central Queensland (CQ) or kick start sowing in earnest on the Darling Downs.
A RAIN band moving across NSW over the next few days will be a timely boost for this year’s winter cropping program that has already seen many areas finished sowing and only a few yet to get going.
Victorian growers have taken advantage of early-season subsoil moisture to make good headway sowing this year’s winter crops with more than half the projected plantings already in the ground and seeders going full tilt before a forecast rain front comes through on Friday.
All eyes will be on the weather in South Australia this week where the prospect of a rain front delivering much-needed falls to the state’s farming areas will consolidate winter crop plantings after what has been a patchy start to this year’s sowing program.
It has been a frustrating start to the winter crop sowing season for Western Australian growers with most of the state holding good sub-soil moisture levels, but not receiving enough rain to wet sow or link up with the big percentage of dry-sown crops that have gone in.
Southern NSW faba bean growers are being urged to carefully consider paddock selection this season and plant in the recommended sowing window to maximise yield potential.
Crop grazing in late autumn and early winter can be a useful tactic to expand crop area and/or increase livestock numbers to boost whole farm profits.
HIGH mouse numbers across the farming zones of South Australia and Victoria are causing substantial seeding losses as winter crop sowing moves into full swing.
Growers across the southern cropping region are avoiding extensive yield and economic losses by knowing the risk of soil-borne diseases before they begin sowing this year’s crops.
Understanding the key factors driving crop yield has reaffirmed time of sowing (TOS) as the main driver, endorsing the long-held practice of planting cereal crops within their optimum sowing window to maximise potential.