Grain producers tour storm impacted properties

Eyre Peninsula grain producers are getting together next month to discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t on their farms following severe impacts of storms at the start of the year.

Partnering with Grain Producers SA (GPSA) with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, the Tuckey Ag Bureau and Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group are hosting tours visiting grain farms on 7 and 8 July 2022.

GPSA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said it is important to provide follow up support when severe weather events occur.

“GPSA Chair, Adrian McCabe, and I travelled to the affected regions of the Eyre Peninsula following the storm events earlier this year and spoke to several impacted grain producers and it was clear some follow-up support would be needed,” said Mr Perry.

“The Department of Primary Industries and Regions provided grant funding to GPSA so we could work with the local farm groups to organise property tours.

“Immediately following the storm events, grain producers were unsure as to how they would deal with some of the water logging and soil erosion on their properties and most sought to investigate further following seeding.

“Through the farm tours, GPSA anticipates grain producers will discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t when it comes to dealing with issues arising from the severe weather events.”

Tuckey Ag Bureau President Matt Dunn said a post seeding gathering for local farmers following a hectic time recovering from storm damage, summer spraying and getting crops in, was a fantastic initiative.

“It’s great to catch up with neighbours to chat and keep everyone moving forward,” said Mr Dunn.

Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing the 4,500 grain farming businesses in South Australia and the farm tours are supported by the Government of South Australia.