Farmers begin seeding programs

SEEDING: Geoff and Paul Bammann, Cleve, started their seeding program last week, which will take them five to six weeks to complete. Photo: Kathrine Catanzariti
SEEDING: Geoff and Paul Bammann, Cleve, started their seeding program last week, which will take them five to six weeks to complete. Photo: Kathrine Catanzariti

Farmers on Eastern Eyre Peninsula have started seeding despite the absence of an opening rain so far.

Paul Bammann, Cleve, and his father, Geoff, started dry seeding last Tuesday.

“We just picked a date and started seeding and if all goes well, we’ll be finished in about five or six weeks,” Paul said.

“There will be up to five us now working around the clock seeding to get it done.

“As well as other jobs like spraying and stone rolling.”

The Bammanns will be cropping around 5500 hectares this year, after not putting in all of their program last year due to the dry conditions.

“It was a mixed bag last year,” Paul said. 

“It was wet this side of Cleve, but the east side got nothing.”

However, Geoff said the newer farming methods allowed for better crops in drier conditions.

“You could grow a better crop now when it’s dry than you used to be able to,” he said.

“And sowing early helps as well.”

The Bammanns received about five to 10 millimetres of rain over the weekend.

However, this weekend the forecast is expecting minimal rain with the temperature in the mid to high 20s and mostly sunny.