Lower Eyre looks at possible late sowing start

STARTING: Cummins agronomist Denis Pedler said a handful of growers have started seeding long season wheat.
STARTING: Cummins agronomist Denis Pedler said a handful of growers have started seeding long season wheat.

Only a small number of farmers have started sowing on lower Eyre Peninsula as the wait continues on the opening rains to begin the new season.

For the past three years seeding has started about Anzac Day on the back of good starting rain.

Carrs'  Seeds agronomist Denis Pedler said only a handful of growers near Cummins have started seeding for 2017.

People are getting their machinery ready and are getting everything in order.

Denis Pedler

“A handful of growers have started sowing long season wheat, a variety called Trojan, because it benefits from early sowing,” he said.

Mr Pedler said some local farmers have also sown pasture paddocks for early stock feed.

Small amounts of rain are forecast for the Lower Eyre Peninsula region this week, including a chance of three millimetres today.

Mr Pedler said looking at the long rain forecast a late May start was expected.

But he said all growers were getting ready for whenever the starting rains would come.

“People are getting their machinery ready and are getting everything in order,” he said.

Mr Pedler said many farmers, particularly around Cummins, would look to burn off stubble in their fields to prepare for the impending start.