Anthony Hall, Regional Manager NSW & QLD
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It’s hard not to sound like a broken record with the current weather pattern continuing as it has been and not favouring this year’s winter crop production. Unfortunately, the only thing different to last week’s report is crops have deteriorated more. Early crops that have tapped into some deeper moisture are holding on and still looking ok, but desperately need rain to maintain yield potential. Anything trying to survive with roots in the top soil only has either started to turn blue or pushed out a head at 3 inches in height. The next concern is the frost predicted in the next five days. I’ve seen plenty of flowering crops in QLD this week which is not going to be ideal. With the forecast for a dry spring and a lot of crops in need of decent spring falls to make grain many are leaning towards making the most of what they have standing and cutting into hay.
Speaking with agronomists and sorghum seed suppliers over the last week and the general consensus is forage seed is already in tight supply and with a sniff of a good forecast, grain seed will be also. Growers are being advised to commit early if they want to secure their preferred sorghum variety.
Pictured: Crops 10KM south of Goondiwindii
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