In The Courier this week

Michael Harvey shows the dry soil as he takes a break from mowing hay in a paddock near Woodchester.

Farmers worried as spring rains fail

A cruel combination of frost and a lack of late rain has meant farmers are cutting their grain crops for hay in an effort to at least get a return.
Some Angas Plains and Bremer Valley farmers experienced five frosts in a row last week and have consigned their worst affected paddocks to hay production as the plants will not develop grain heads if damaged by the freezing night temperatures at the flowering stage.
This, coupled with an alarming lack of rain in the past two months, means more farmers are moving into hay production as they anticipate a severe shortage of paddock feed for their livestock.
Hartley farmer Michael Harvey said parts of his family property received only 8mm of rain during September.

Also in this week’s issue

  • ‘Brave’ move: A truck driver made a  “brave” and potentially “lifesaving” decision to use an arrester bed to halt his runaway truck last week, according to SA Police.
  • Fire study: The stand-off between bushfire protection and protecting the environment is now the subject of a three-year study just started in the Hills and the lower Eyre Peninsula.
  • Freeway cameras: Point-to-point speed cameras are about to be installed along the freeway between the Mt Barker Summit and Callington.
  • Busy bees: Crop growers and researchers gathered around a hive of 20,000 bees last week to witness an Australian-first disease control demonstration at a local orchard.
  • Tasty profit: Australia’s appetite for the humble scone has helped raise more than $250,000 for the SA Country Women’s Association (CWA).

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