October 28, 2016

Spot the difference that 300mm of rain makes.

Two photos, same paddock, same variety of oats, both being mown for hay. The left photo was taken 7th October 2015 when the crop was moisture stressed, thin, short and leaves browning off. And on the right is us mowing today … the oats are lush, green, thick and very tall.

We sow these oats in late May and cut in October;
2015 we got 119mm of rain in that time, this year we got 405mm.  

With our average yearly rainfall normally being only 420mm we have certainly been blessed this year.


October 27, 2016

With above average yields bales need to be a bit longer this year to fit it all in.


October 18, 2016

A Magpie-Lark strutting his stuff.

This week is National Bird Week, so this morning as the sun was coming up I was counting birds for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, doing our bit to help BirdLife Australia determine native bird populations. To be part of this project all you need is 20 minutes and it is not too late to join.

For the record I spotted 15 species of birds, 42 birds in total.  

I love the birdlife that we have on farm.


October 9, 2016

The mighty Murray River is in major flood at the moment.
Today it will peak at Tocumwal.

This is only the fifth time since records began in 1870 that the Murray River at Tocumwal has been hit by a major flood. Tocumwal itself is protected by a levee bank but the main highway across the state border is now closed due to flood water.