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Grain & oilseed producers managing frost risk

Mild autumn and early winter temperatures last year accelerated maturity in many cereal and oil crops. Frost remains one of the many uncontrollable forces that nature deals up year after year. But there are ways of managing that risk.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS), is holding a breakfast pre-sow meeting at the Canowindra Old Vic Inn on the 18th March.

Guest speakers include Col McMaster, NSW DPI research agronomist at Cowra, Charlie Aldersey, MSM Milling Commercial Manager, and Jeff Boyd, Property Vegetation Planning (PVP) Officer from Central West Local Land Services.

Casey Proctor, Senior Land Services Officer with Central Tablelands LLS, said that "with highly variable weather conditions affecting normal growth patterns of many wheat and canola varieties, it is great to have research being done locally to provide some options for farmers seeking to spread risk.

Col McMaster's GRDC and NSW DPI funded planting time trials near Eugowra and Cudal have local relevance to growers in the Canowindra, Gooloogong, and Eugowra areas", Mr Proctor said.

Mr Proctor said that "there were some big losses in the Condobolin area due to frost damage last year, while Cowra losses were less severe.

Giving producers access to the latest agronomy research will enable them to make better evidence based decisions about planting time, variety selection and crop nutrition", Mr Proctor said.

Charlie Aldersey, from MSM Milling, will be on hand at the meeting to provide an insight into the prospects for the oilseed market for 2015.

"With between 2-6 week waiting periods for lime, it is encouraging to hear that farmers are investing last year's profits back into their soil in preparation for their winter cropping program.

Our Monola program is running again this year at a significant premium and we are keen to provide growers with that option" Mr Aldersey said.

The breakfast meeting starts at 7:15am at the Old Vic Inn, and finishes at 9am.

The cost is free, but please note, for catering purposes you must RSVP.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Phil Cranney, Senior Land Services Officer for Pastures on 0458 745 478 or email

Media contact: Kylie Krause 0439 608370 |