Sunday, July 15, 2012
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
We must have had a few good days in there somewhere though, because we have been able to reap all of our barley, basically all of the canola and a fair chunk of the wheat too. The yields have been down a little, but the quality has been up. The wheat for instance, well we don't just deliver wheat. There are a range of grades you can get for the wheat depending on the quality. For your standard bread wheat you can get :
- H1 (H stands for hard, the higher the protein the higher the grade)
- APW1 (Australian Premium White - which is probably the benchmark grade)
- ASW1 (Australian Standard White)
- AGP1 (General Purpose)
- FED1 (Basically feed wheat)
All but 1 or 2 loads of wheat have achieved a H2 grade and, needless to say, the higher the grade, the higher the price for the wheat.
Now for Durum Wheat (used for making pasta)... um, perhaps I'll cover that one next time.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
It has been a while since I've written, and since then so much has happened. Our canola has been windrowed, the peas have been dessicated, the pastures have been spray topped, the wool has been sold, equipment has been prepared for harvest and harvest has started.
Actually you could probably say that it has more than started. All the windrowed canola has been harvested. Yields are down a little bit this year, due to early snail and mice damage, but the oil content has been quite good, so that'll gives us a good oil bonus.
We've pulled the pea plucker out as well and pulled into a few paddocks of peas. Once again, yields down a little, but quality pretty good (besides all the snails in the sample which landed the peas in the cleaning segregation at the local receival site).
We used the New Holland TR88 for reaping the windrowed canola and peas, but you may remember a while back I mentioned a brand new combine harvester was due to be delivered (think I may have even included a song to go with it). Well the brand new New Holland CR9070 has now been delivered, and just the other day we pulled her into the first paddock of barley.. and here is some video footage of that very event (if it works).
That was a coupla days ago, and since then we've also reapt a paddock of wheat with her... and then next morning... it rained. So we've basically been waiting for the moisture to come down to meet receival standards before we could do any more. That will probably be tomorrow I'd say.. as long as we don't have morning showers again.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Here is a little tune that may be appropriate for the occasion.