Rupanyup farmer and Grains Producer Australia’s Andrew Weidemann
WITH near perfect harvesting conditions for most of this week, we will see harvest finished on the Weidemann farm.
For the second time in the past two harvests, we have again finished inside November.
Although with plenty of hay making as wellover the past sevenweeks, it seems like a long harvest.
Amazingly the amount of grain we have been lucky enough to harvest was much better than we had thought possible, given the extreme final temperatures in September and early October.
The hay quality has been at the high end with some cereal hay producing better than 14 per centprotein, which I personally didn’t think possible in cereal hay until now.
The vetch hay has also been of very good quality and with greater than 20 per centprotein it was easily sold into the feed market.
The dry conditions have accelerated the need for feed across a fair amount of Victoria, which will consume a large amount of hay and grain over the next few months.
This will keep the pressure on the upside for feed grain and hay.
Once harvest is complete we will be shearing lambs to put out onto the stubbles for feed.
One of the challenges in 2016 will be the crop choice.
This season has seen a massive increase in pulse values on the back of a very big demand in India, which is currently driving prices to levels seen very rarely in the Wimmera over the past decade.
Market intelligence will be crucial in trying to understand what this market mightlook like at the end of 2016 and will influence the amount of pulse planted in 2016 in my opinion.
Onthe farm continues to be busy with my role at Grain Producers Australia looking at new regulations and policy around ag chemicals and multi-peril crop insurance.
This has been in the spotlight for some time and will certainly be a strong topic in 2016 as we start to see more companies offering various types of income protection products to farmers more broadly.
Here’s hoping 2016 is a wet year as we look to put a dusty 2015 to bed in just overa months’ time from now.
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