West Wimmera farmers report above average canola

GOOD GRAIN: Harvest was underway at Telopea Down earlier this month. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
GOOD GRAIN: Harvest was underway at Telopea Down earlier this month. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

WEST Wimmera farmers are pleased with strong yields in canola, after frosts hit lentil crops last month.

Kaniva growers Alwyn Dyer said overall, his yields had been better than the past two years, especially in canola.

“It’s been going two and a half tonnes a hectare,” he said. "As far as we know the quality is quite good, but we are storing on the farm, not delivering it to assessment so we don't totally know if it's quality canola." 

Mr Dyer said he was hoping to start harvesting lentils, beans and wheat soon. 

"It's been frustrating with the storms around,” he said.

“We have been delayed while waiting for the grain to dry out.  “We are hoping we don't get much rain from now on because it will affect the quality of the wheat if we get heavy rain." 

Mr Dyer said unfortunately chickpeas were disseminated by the frost. “We went from having one of the best chickpea crops we have ever had to one of the worst crops," he said. 

“Our lentils were affected but not as badly." 

Xavier Breen at Gymbowen said wet weather had slowed harvest down.

"I've done a third of my canola, and some lentils,” he said.

"Canola yield and quality was good – I was really happy with that.”

Glenlee farmer Nathan Albrecht said he tried to get vetch and beans out of the way early.

“The yield is probably above average – the same as last year if not better,” he said.

"We are very happy with it so far and the quality seems good. 

"We are always happy with the vetch because it's just from our own seeds,” he said.

“But, it's good to get seeds and build up a few years supply.”

Mr Albrecht said chickpeas took a real hit with frost.