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Agricultural

26 May, 2022

Sowing nightmare

As I’m sure your muddy boots can attest to, the ground around the region is pretty soggy right now.

By Emily Middleton

Photo via Unsplash

This makes sowing any type of crop almost impossible. In between getting bogged, or losing seed to bugs, the sim- ple answer seems to be to give up.

That’s exactly what one local farmer is considering, but he knows he’s not alone.

“We’re a long way behind now,” said Peter Moeris, who’s property is on the Castlereagh Highway towards Curban.

“It just throws your cropping program out. Depending on what we’re getting out of this rain event, we’ll be probably looking more towards summer crop- ping.

“It’s too late to re-sow, it’s all been washed out.”

Subject to how quickly the soil dries out, Mr Moeris may be able to get some crop in. However, with La Niña still causing unpredictable amounts of rainfall, the ground drying any time soon seems further out of reach. “The worst thing is the days are shorter, and there’s not

enough sunlight to dry the ground out quicker. Honestly, the ground has not dried out since harvest last year,” said Mr Moeris.

In a best-case scenario, Mr Moeris said that his canola crop should have been up by now, and some early wheat and barley should have been planted. However this is simply not the case.

“A lot of people say that each two years are the same, like last year was a wet year, and this year was a wet year. But all we need is average years, that’s all we need,” said Mr Moeris.

“It’s just frustrating because grain prices are the highest, they’ve been at for a while, and I know the input cost has pretty much tripled to get to where we are now, with prices of chemical prices and fertiliser. Everyone’s worked hard to get to this stage, and we can’t even get it in the ground.”

If you are having any problems sowing your crop right now or have any other agricultural stories, contact Emily at journalist@gilgandraweekly.com.au 


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