Growers feel the need for seed

By Shannon Beattie
April 26 2020 - 10:00pm
Cascade grower John Carmody has a program of 4500 hectares split into thirds of canola, barley and wheat. He normally starts seeding about April 10 but started on April 5 this year as he had everything ready to go. Mr Carmody said they have already completed their canola program and have started on the barley. "The reason for going early and to keep going into the barley and not wait for rain is that in previous years we have had a better germination on the stuff that we had sown before the rain came compared to sowing after rain," he said. "At least when it rains the crop is already in the ground and ready to germinate."

SUMMER rain and good subsoil moisture across much of WA's growing regions has led to an earlier start to the seeding season.

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