For the past few weeks, all over the region, tractors paired with airseeders have dotted the wide open paddocks, putting in crops. Long days and packed lunches have become a reality for many farmers. Here’s a snapshot of the 2014 seeding season in the Wheatbelt.
by Megan Davies (@mavis93__)
The above seeding panorama was taken in Bencubbin by Megan Davis of DA Gillett and Co. The farms name is Malkana. The air seeder they’re using is a 600 horse power cat challenger and they’re cropping 19000 acres this season. The paddock in the photo above was cropped with Mace wheat. They expect to be finished seeding by late this week!
This beautiful image, taken near Corrigin, perfectly captures the sun on the paddock.
by Shannon Whyte (@life_of_shan)
The above photo by Shannon Whyte shows the endless paddocks up near Dalwallinu. Shannon says that so far the season has been good up near Dalwallinu, with a nice early start and 2 good rains and a nice top-up last weekend. They crop 8,000 hectares with 2 John Deeres with 12ft fusion seeders and 60 foot flexi coil bars. They expect to finish by tomorrow!
by Sam Pritchard (@sam_pritchard)
This photo was taken by New Zealand tractor driver Sam, who is working for Fred Capper out at Lake King.
by Matthew Riley (@mriley904)
The seeding season has been a good one at Warragal Park near Darkan. Matthew Riley has been driving a 375 horsepower 9680 Ford Versatile with 32.5ft Flexicoil airseeder. They finished cropping a total of 313 hectares last Friday, a mixture of canola, barley and oats.
by Erin Pope (@yarnsfromthefarm)
This photo was taken on Erin Pope’s family farm located near Dulyalbin (Mount Hampton) in the Eastern Wheatbelt. Erin says she actually had to call her Dad up on the two-way and ask how to turn the windscreen wipers on the tractor during one of the heavier showers! Definitely a nice change to the dry seeding dust cloud the tractor is usually engulfed in!
How was (is) seeding at your place?