Grain Harvest 2019-20

 
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
They are lovely links BS, but all I can see is the opening sentence which you put in your post. I assume the rest of the article is behnd a paywall?
duttonbay
Righto duttonbay, perhaps just google the MailTimes website, it could be the pay wall blocking me and your follow me.

Anyone one else able to open the link ?

BigShunter.

if i wasn't so lousy and pay the subscription but at times the website or paper that is, runs articles, their facebook page has different articles, so you have to double up on subscriptions, if you can understand that statement.

Sponsored advertisement

  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
They are lovely links BS, but all I can see is the opening sentence which you put in your post. I assume the rest of the article is behnd a paywall?
duttonbay
Worked for me
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Ok another field report for those interested and not bored to tears by my crop reports.

Last Wednesday we cruised back to Horsham for 5 days to travel down to Penshurst, Hamilton and such to catch up with the natives.

It was also a significant trip as it was to celebrate Nanna's 99th birthday, fine effort that ! Nanna's claim to fame is that she as a young girl, she was in a class of students that walked across the Sydney Harbor Bridge at it's opening....try and top that one.

Rightio, as we barreled out of Bordertown on the last leg of the Dooks highway, me perched up in the passenger seat with a tenacious grip of the jesus handle and other hand with finger nails gripping the dashboard, the Mrs piloting the vehicle, crops still quite green, most canola still standing, some had been wind rowed, all looking very good.

Things dried out quite considerably towards Kaniva, barley ready to harvest generally, nothing a bit of warm weather / sunshine won't fix. Wheat still needing a week of very warm weather to be close.

The closer we got to Nhill the more crops dried out, plenty of barley ready, wheat still needing the warm weather, plenty of canola wind rowed. Heaps of hay cut, plenty already baled and plenty needing to baled. The same format continued to Horsham however south of was a far diffent story, still quite green, you'd be lucky to start a fire in most paddocks and as such lots of canola still standing and plenty of greenish crops and again hay cut or being cut for as far as the eye could see, pleasing to see and the whole area covered by us was looking very productive, great news for the West and Wimmera regions.

On the rail front, on approach to Kanivia fresh ballast along the line and it seemed to be the case where ever you could see the line right to Horsham. Work being done along the line near the Pimpinio loop, quite a number of workers, frontend loaders, ballast tamperer, might have been a rail grinder thingy and various other machines.
The fresh ballast being spread was from a few weeks ago, Greensleeves had a video up at the time Gennesee/Wyoming loco's I think that were loading out of Murtoa.

Last time I cruised past GrainFlow at Dimmy still a fair heap of grain on site but a fair swarth of that has gone and a couple of small piles of new season grain in bunkers, however with the warm/hot weather this week things throughout the region will really crank up.

BigShunter.

exciting to see ZH has returned from the dalai lama and his batteries are FULLY Charged.......Shocked
  ADB Locomotive Fireman

".....hay cut or being cut for as far as the eye could see, pleasing to see and the whole area covered by us was looking very productive, great news for the West and Wimmera regions."
BigShunter

Pardon my ignorance, but I was under the impression hay was a wheat crop that couldn't be cut for grain, so was made into hay instead to recover costs. Is this incorrect? I know Australian hay is exported and can be quite expensive, so is some of it grown as an actual "crop" from the get-go?
  Lockspike Deputy Commissioner

".....hay cut or being cut for as far as the eye could see, pleasing to see and the whole area covered by us was looking very productive, great news for the West and Wimmera regions."

Pardon my ignorance, but I was under the impression hay was a wheat crop that couldn't be cut for grain, so was made into hay instead to recover costs. Is this incorrect? I know Australian hay is exported and can be quite expensive, so is some of it grown as an actual "crop" from the get-go?
ADB
Yes, a lot of grasses and cereals are grown with the intention to make hay. There is a large demand for hay, even more so in times of drought.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
So, hay is an interesting one. It can be made from any crop really.  But there is purpose grown hay and hay made to make the best of a bad season.  

The first type is usually a lucerne or higher nutrient content fodder and usually comes from irrigation. This is the good export stuff that goes OS to places like Japan for their prized Wagyu beefs.  

The stuff that drought impacted crops is made from is ok to good, sometimes great, but it's more of an opportunity rather than a goal. And accordingly it goes wherever the market has room for it.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Thanks ADB and just following on from Lockspike, yes it was pasture cut for hay I was referring too. " Hay " is a general or broad term I guess, anything can be cut ( mowed or slashed ) left to dry out and baled for hay.

The pasture could be anything from fairly average to high quality feed, would depend on how desperate you are for hay. The folk in NSW or QLD would be grateful for any type or quality of hay.

In the Weekly Times there used to be a column for pasture hay, oaten hay and wheaten hay and a price range for the various qualities.  

Hay is cut and left to dry out or cure is the word and then depending on what type of bales your having, you then get the hay rake out behind the ute or tractor and you might rake 3 or 4 rows of cut pasture into 1 and the baler usually follows this. You bale the pasture when it has dried out to a certain moisture level, if it's baled to early or too green it will either go moldy and if placed into a stack will more than likely combust. Hay stack fires are fairly frequent for some reason. Back in the old days you used to spear a crowbar into the stack ( some will have to google that Razz ) and leave it for half an hour and pull it out and if ya can't hang on to it ( too hot ), you'd better start pulling the hay stack a part because she's gunna go boom.  


Baling is usually done at night to retain the moisture in the hay, if you bale during the heat of the day, the bales are usually light and fluffy, baled at night dense and heavy. When you feed the hay out in 3, 6 or 12 months time it should still smell nice and fresh.

Johnson's at Horsham Vic and Kapunda S.A. are very large producers of hay and pellet feeds for a variety of animals and use large quantities of hay and various grain from the region, Johnson's at Horsham have a stream of trucks with containerised produce to Melbourne every day, trucking is done buy Qube.

https://www.jtj.com.au/#

BigShunter.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Just a quick addendum to BS's post.   The new balers now have a moisture meter and if the bale is too moist it will put a red splodge on said bale for the farmer to keep separate from the rest to reduce spontaneous combustion.
  ADB Locomotive Fireman

Very informative stuff, thankyou gents.

BS, the region you are referring to would I assume be serviced by the Rainbow, Hopetoun and Western SG lines (with a lot of it probably going to NSW again). Would people here say that there will be much grain this year going on BG lines? I read under a Youtube vid recently that PN were preparing rakes to run to Piangil, can anyone comment on Sea Lake, Manangatang etc?

Cheers.
  cbinyon Train Controller

Location: London, England
Very informative stuff, thankyou gents.

BS, the region you are referring to would I assume be serviced by the Rainbow, Hopetoun and Western SG lines (with a lot of it probably going to NSW again). Would people here say that there will be much grain this year going on BG lines? I read under a Youtube vid recently that PN were preparing rakes to run to Piangil, can anyone comment on Sea Lake, Manangatang etc?

Cheers.
ADB
As discussed & read on another thread, PN have are doing a second line refresher tonight to Piangil. So the signs are positive. PN ran a Sea Lake train in April, so they may not need refreshing but haven't heard anything about those two branch lines. SSR are currently at Manangatang & QUBE have run recently to Charlton.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Some harvest info here for the Wimmera/Mallee but in particular for the Jung area which is further out the road to Murtoa, showing some informative pictures of Lentils being harvested.

Wimmera harvest rolls in.

Wimmera and southern Mallee farmers in the midst of harvest believe this season’s crop is shaping up as one of the best in recent years.

The region’s growers have mostly begun harvest during the past two weeks and some have reported strong yields.

Jung farmer Gavin Puls said he was harvesting hurricane lentils and would begin to harvest a barley crop next week.


He said all indications were that this year’s crop was a good one.

“Around the Wimmera it’s looking pretty good. The Mallee is probably a little bit down,” he said.

“Things are looking great around the paddocks – the yields are quite handy, and the prices are pretty good as well, so I can’t complain at all.


https://www.theweeklyadvertiser.com.au/articles/aglife-wimmera-harvest-rolls-in/

Article flogged from the Weekly Advertiser.

I see GrainFlow at Dimmy is remaining open till 11.00pm the last few days as well so things across the board must be ramping up.

BigShunter.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
BS,
The wind last week knocked the heads in the wheat crops.  Some lost up to 50% of the grain onto the ground.
Once again, just as the farmers were thinking that they were over the worst nature could throw at them.
Apart from that, pretty good results around this part of the world.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Wimmera harvest 2019 Season in full swing for region's farmers despite rain, winds.

Wimmera farmers are feeling positive for this season's crop yields with harvest underway across the region.

Bit of an update from around the traps.

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6520105/wimmera-harvest-2019-season-in-full-swing-for-regions-farmers/?cs=225

Article from the Wimmera MailTimes.

BigShunter.
  Trans-Siberian Station Master

Location: Krasnoyarsk, Siberia
Update on Grain Harvest 2019-2020....

Great to see the Mallee Farmers with smiles....they deserve this harvest success...!

However, WRT to the WA & NSW folks.... Article from "The Age" Monday, 2nd December - Winter crop forecasts slashed as 'Armageddon' drought bites....

"Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) predicts total winter crop production to fall for the third year in a row. The forecast is down a hefty 13 per cent since September due to deteriorating conditions, mainly in NSW and Western Australia."

Link - https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/winter-crop-forecasts-slashed-as-armageddon-drought-bites-20191202-p53g2p.html
  cbinyon Train Controller

Location: London, England
Any word on possible restarting of PN & QUBE BG grainys?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I'll settle for the meaning of WRT.
  megahertz Station Staff

Location: In the hills
I'll settle for the meaning of WRT.
YM-Mundrabilla

with respect to?
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Any word on possible restarting of PN & QUBE BG grainys?
cbinyon
There are reportedly orders to get a BG rake ready at PN.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I'll settle for the meaning of WRT.

with respect to?
megahertz
Thanks Megahertz.
Now no longer ABUA* but an EBA**
(*another bloody unexplained acronym now an **explained bloody acronym).
  megahertz Station Staff

Location: In the hills
I'll settle for the meaning of WRT.

with respect to?
Thanks Megahertz.
Now no longer ABUA* but an EBA**
(*another bloody unexplained acronym now an **explained bloody acronym).
YM-Mundrabilla
I work in defence industry quite often, so used to TLAs*. But we ran out so moved on to MLAs**.

* Two Letter Acronyms***
** Multi Letter Acronyms***
*** Actually abbreviations, not acronyms, as they are not pronounced as a word.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Megahertz,

Thanks for your post.

Jokingly, so a TLA could describe a 2-letter acronym or a 3-letter acronym (or 20 or 30) to the uninformed and iggerant peasant like me. An excellent example of potential confusion. SmileSmile

The trouble that I find with the Services, Defence, Pharmaceuticals and Medicine (plus Railpage [RP], of course) is that many in these fields speak in acronyms to those outside their field to such an extent as to make their contribution virtually meaningless.

It is good that we can joke about this as there are a number here on RP who get thoroughly uppity when mere mortals ask what the bloody hell they are trying to say; not that it really matters as they are probably just trying to air their superiority rather than actually communicate information.

DADFA is a MLA as is FITH (which comes in two stages in case you didn't know. Rolling Eyes

DADFA = Deputy Assistant Director of F... All
FITH = Funny in the head
FITH also = Fu...d in the head (again highlighting the opportunity for confusion).

Keep smiling.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Interesting few posts YM before I strapped on the RP badge I spent quite a few months skulking in the back ground reading different threads and such, just getting the feel of things but plenty of acronyms used generally on here had me stumped for a while.

PAX LX tie-renewal TSR DMU EMU but eventually you work these out although I did consult a few members here and there, probably plenty of others tripped me up. One of the funniest things I read, someone was going crook about the use of such and asked what the F is SCS in plain english please and someone responded Southern Cross Station for FFS........PURLA.... so even though I might be a clever - dick now Rolling Eyes wasn't always the case.

On the grain front just as a side note, GrainFlow Dimmy open till midnight and trucks galore in Nhill and it's going to be a very warm week for the Wimmera so the headers will be notched right up heading towards fever pitch for the run up to chrissy.

BS Wink
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
With such a good run at the moment, the headers will need a break with the heat coming our way next week.   A couple of TFB days will give some a good sleep.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
With such a good run at the moment, the headers will need a break with the heat coming our way next week.   A couple of TFB days will give some a good sleep.
Donald
TFB = Total Fire Ban.
See even I knew that ............ Smile
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Interesting few posts YM before I strapped on the RP badge I spent quite a few months skulking in the back ground reading different threads and such, just getting the feel of things but plenty of acronyms used generally on here had me stumped for a while.

PAX LX tie-renewal TSR DMU EMU but eventually you work these out although I did consult a few members here and there, probably plenty of others tripped me up. One of the funniest things I read, someone was going crook about the use of such and asked what the F is SCS in plain english please and someone responded Southern Cross Station for FFS........PURLA.... so even though I might be a clever - dick now Rolling Eyes wasn't always the case.

On the grain front just as a side note, GrainFlow Dimmy open till midnight and trucks galore in Nhill and it's going to be a very warm week for the Wimmera so the headers will be notched right up heading towards fever pitch for the run up to chrissy.

BS Wink
BigShunter
BS,
I, too, have been lurking whilst trying to restrain myself so far as RP is concerned.
SCS = Spencer Street Station in Wictoria.
Southern Cross is between Bodallin and Lake Julia on the SG in WA; 405 km east of Perth.
Yes, even I know what FFS means!
Rolling Eyes

PS: Wot does PURLA stand for?

Sponsored advertisement

Display from: