Kate Phillips, Agfarm Account Manager SA
A road trip around most parts of SA this week saw seeders going flat out to get crop in the ground during the optimal seeding window. Rain fell during the week and continues to fall across SA. Growers in the Clare and Crystal Brook areas have reported falls of 20-30mm. It’s a similar story around the Upper South East and into areas of the Yorke Peninsular. The Murraylands and Murray Mallee however are still looking to the skies for a good drop of rain. Falls of 2-15mm have fallen in these regions. You can feel the change in the seasons over the past few weeks with the cool, shorter days proving good for soil moisture levels.
Those with limited rainfall have either kicked off with dry seeding or are holding for another week in the hope we see a few more drops. Those who have canola in their regular program are well under way with many moving onto pulses and barley. With the rate seeding occurs these days, we should start to see it wrap up by the end of May even for those making a slightly later start.
to be expected, the rain brought with it a slight softening in the new and old crop markets, which sees most continuing to sit out and watch.
Prices as at Friday 11th May 2018.