YP crops thriving despite pest problems

YP crops thriving despite pest problems

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TRACKING WELL: Port Vincent's Richard Way says his early-sown wheat crops are looking magnificent, with good rain in May providing good subsoil moisture.

TRACKING WELL: Port Vincent's Richard Way says his early-sown wheat crops are looking magnificent, with good rain in May providing good subsoil moisture.

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THE season is shaping up nicely for Port Vincent cropper Richard Way, with his early-sown wheat crops and lentils looking "magnificent".

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THE season is shaping up nicely for Port Vincent cropper Richard Way, with his early-sown wheat crops and lentils looking "magnificent".

Growing wheat, barley, lentils and beans on 650 hectares on the Yorke Peninsula, Mr Way said good rainfall throughout May had outweighed the impact of a below-average June.

"June was a little bit below average as far as rainfall went, but May was particularly good so that gave us a good base to work upon," he said.

"Things are set up well and we should be able to make use of what rain we do get in coming months.

"Some good rains at the end of July and a moist spring, with blocks of sunshine to keep things growing, would set us up nicely."

Richard Way in a lentil crop at Port Vincent.

Richard Way in a lentil crop at Port Vincent.

Mr Way said he had received 200 millimetres of a 400mm annual average so far this year and was about to start the major portion of his broadleaf spraying program.

There had been some early pest concerns, but Mr Way said quick action had prevented any significant crop damage.

"We had some redlegged earth mite early in certain paddocks when crops were coming up, but we got on top of that quickly," he said.

"Just recently, we had small patches of army worm in wheat, but we got on top of that and the plants that are going to survive are growing up without any further signs of damage."

Armyworm has caused some patchiness in this wheat paddock, but early action has prevented major damage on affected plants.

Armyworm has caused some patchiness in this wheat paddock, but early action has prevented major damage on affected plants.

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