By Daryl Turner
The majority of Southern Australia has experienced a very wet winter and in some regions they have had their wettest July/August on record. Some crops have had to deal with waterlogging, mainly in Tasmania and Northern Vic/Southern NSW, but damage has been kept to a minimum. This is attributed to early sowing enabling plants to be stronger and more developed through this period.
Seed production crops continue to thrive with almost ideal early spring conditions as mild temperatures and soil water profiles are near maximum levels. Dryland Lucerne, sub clover and annual clover crops are now locked up to flower and have the potential for above average yields.
Pests and diseases have been very low this year so let’s cross our fingers that this continues through until harvest. If forecasted spring conditions are accurate, harvest will be later than the previous 2 years, but yield and quality should be higher.