Last year we had one of our best seasons to date, the rain came when we needed it, diseases in the crops were not to bad as the spring was reasonably dry.
Early forward contracts on Wheat and Canola that we took out back in Dec 2010-Febuary 2011 helped raise the average prices.
Mouse numbers were in Plague proportions and we spent over $20,000 alone on mouse bait ( $23 per Ha ) but I'm glad we did!.
Snails were terrible in our pea crop, which to add insult to injury then got descimated in a hail storm just before harvest.
Lightning strike hit one of the worst sandiest hills on the farm just after harvest, and burnt about 20 Ha of stubble, which has since drifted and drifted all summer.
Out of 36 loads of Malt Barley delivered to the Silos, only 3 went Malt grade because protein was too low, never mind the price differential was only $10
There's plenty more, but all in all a great year
Here are a few images to wrap up 2011......
|Our new truck bogged in sand for the first time, but not the last|
|Mouse digging down and eating the wheat seed |
2 days after it was sown
|Everything on this farm has to earn its keep!!|
our best tractor the 9G
|walking a long way out to see Dad @ harvest|
|Chuffed with new signwriting on the truck|
|Snail damage to pea pod @ harvest|
|Good to see the mouseoff working|
|Everyone out checking early canola for insects|
|From little things big things grow, the same paddock 2|
|The Pyros, My Dad really happy to create his|
first cloud, Burning wheat stubble
|The area burnt out by the lightning strike|
|Crop checks by horse back|
|Did I mention that Ben sprayed the paddocks a few times|
Liquid nitrogen spraying
|Our friend Danny taking a photo of the Canola,|
while spreading mousebait by air for us
|Reaping Lentils, with the chaff cart on|
|I hate this job, spraying fencelines, |
somebodies got to do it
|Indy with her pack lunch getting ready to sow with Dad|
|Oooops this was so Ben's fault!!!!|
this is what happens when the bottom access hole isn't shut