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Good news on the frost front

Haidee VandenbergheCountryman

With a good solid break and consistent winter rainfall, this season is one of the better ones Cadoux farmers Mike and Rhonda Kalajzic have seen in a while.

The first batch of rain, 15mm, fell over three days in mid-May.

Mike had already seeded all of their lupins and half their canola dry but the rain gave them the chance to finish off their 530ha canola and 3800ha wheat programs with confidence.

“It came in really quite cold after seeding and it went dry then, ” Mike said.

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“There was patchy rain during seeding, but it was enough to keep going. When we finished we had about a week of cold weather, a couple of frosts and we thought, oh no here we go again.

“But since then it’s turned around and we might have had a couple of really light mild frosts, but generally it’s been very mild temperate weather the whole time.”

The couple have already recorded 190mm for the growing season and aside from a couple of weed challenges, things are looking good.

“The canola is in bloom, wheat is just starting to poke out its first head and the lupins are all flowering, ” Mike said.

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