Lake Grace kicks off seeding race

16 Apr, 2008 10:37 AM
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Lake Grace grower Grant Marshall (left) and Landmark Lake Grace agronomist Dennis Gittos inspect one of the canola paddocks seeded on Mr Marshall’s northern property last week.
Lake Grace grower Grant Marshall (left) and Landmark Lake Grace agronomist Dennis Gittos inspect one of the canola paddocks seeded on Mr Marshall’s northern property last week.

SEEDING has kicked off in WA for 2008 with Lake Grace grower Grant Marshall planting 130ha of canola last week.

Mr Marshall said the good early season rainfall had given him a prime opportunity to plant some long season canola varieties.

He sowed some Bravo and Tornado canola but said it was too soon to begin planting short season varieties.

After receiving only 13mm from January to March this year, Lake Grace got 50.8mm in the first 11 days of this month.

The season is off to a bustling start with more showers and thunderstorms predicted for the week ahead.

The early rain compares to the 42.2mm Lake Grace had for all of April last year, which was then followed by a disappointing 14.4mm in May.

“We had plenty of rain early last week and it gave us an excellent opportunity to get the canola in the ground while we could,” Mr Marshall said.

“We got around 6mm to 18mm rain on our property north of Lake Grace and it meant we could plant the canola on some loamy lake bank country, which retains its moisture well because it sits on the edge of the lake.”

Mr Marshall said the canola served his rotations well and helped clean up those paddocks where it was grown.

He said he would grow canola in them this year then rotate with wheat and barley for the next couple of years.

His other property in Tarin Rock, west of Lake Grace, received about 50mm last week but he was planning to wait until this week before planting more canola and lupins.

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