Punting on peas

Michael Callahan stands in his wheat crop.KARAWINNA farmer Michael Callahan is hopeful his field peas will yield well this year, in spite of turning off early.
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“They look to have turned a bit earlier than some others in the area, but there seems to be plenty of pods there.”

Field peas are somewhat of an unusual crop in the Millewa and Mr Callahan said he had not grown them for some time.

“However, we had the moisture there over summer and I’ve had a go at them this year.”

He plans to harvest the fragile crop with a draper front.

Mr Callahan is also happy with how his wheat is presently looking.

However, as he is growing the Yitpi variety, which is rated very susceptible to stem rust, he is keeping a close eye out for the disease.

“There’s certainly been reports of it in the area, but I haven’t seen anything here to warrant a late fungicide.”

The Millewa is now in the countdown to harvest, with crops usually the first to be harvested in Victoria.

“We’re starting to look at harvest now, we’re hoping there aren’t many hot days between now and then, and the crop can fill as many grains in the head as possible.”

Mr Callahan said the primary issue confronting Millewa growers was conserving moisture.

“Soils are pretty good, but we just need to get the rain at the right times.”

As part of a risk management strategy, Mr Callahan also runs sheep, including cross-bred lambs, using White Suffolk rams.

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