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Farmers results are very mixed in NSW central west

Sally Bryant, Monday September 30, 2013 - 14:27 EST
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The winter of 2013 will have to go down in the annals of farming as a 'real mixed bag'; the north west of the state is in severe drought, some farming areas are looking forward to good winter harvests and others are struggling to finish their crops.

And as the NSW Department of Primary Industries rolls out their spring agronomy field days at research stations and on farm farmers are gathering to hear the results of agronomy trials and to share stories of their success, or lack of it.

Nigel Wass and his family farm at 'The Plains', south of Nyngan and they're confident of a pretty reasonable year.

Nigel says they sowed canola into good moisture and the crop is tall and just about ready for windrowing; he's also quietly confident of a good return on his wheat.

Near Narromine, Rob Tuck says the late break in the weather meant he left the canola seed in the shed.

"And that's probably the best place for it," he says.

"We've got about 3,000 hectares of winter cereals in and we got about 4 or 500 hectares of chickpeas in, but they were pretty late because of the wet weather."

Campbell Muldoon is an agronomist based at Narromine and he echoes the message about the mixed season.

"Some clients are travelling okay, probably the ones further south received more rain, probably earlier rain and probably in-crop rain.

"The ones further north are doing it a little bit tough."


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