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Hi all,
Thanks again for reading, lots of great information this week. Carryover decisions are looming and we also cover canola sowing timing.


Andrew Bomm

Water outlook

Storages remain in pretty good shape. As of last week, Hume and Dartmouth were 68 and 78 respectively. Burrinjuck and Blowering are 68 and 69 per cent. Inflows for February were at the same levels as last year, but we’ve come off a good period. Outlooks are fairly positive, though next year’s allocation may take a while to build. People are a bit put off by DPI’s availability outlook and the BOM’s long range forecast, so I’m expecting more carryover than perhaps should be, especially when you can still get $30-35 in the Murray. In the Bidgee many are putting it in their soil.

Prices
The guys at Aither suggested that Murray prices will tank when parking space has been filled. In the Bidgee it’s around $10-12 and the suggestion is that Murray prices could go here too. It’s probably worth noting that because of the way NSW Murray allocation builds, final allocation isn’t likely to land in the 70-100 per cent range. So if carryover is considered good insurance despite the $35 on offer, then carried water might as well be up at 30-40 per cent.

The BOM does water markets
The BOM has put out a water dashboard for irrigators. They’ve had a go but because they haven’t consulted with irrigators it isn’t that useful for their needs. Their historical information is ok but irrigators want information about current dynamics to inform their decision making. At the moment, that includes things like next year’s potential summer crop area and potential carryover in the system. The BOM’s dashboard is available here.
 
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Windy Tv

There is an incredible weather map available via windytv.com that has to be seen to be believed. Jump on and have a look here.
 
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Contaminated chemicals

The Weekly Times has been running hard with a story about farm chemicals that have been tainted with compounds not supposed to be in there. 

They have written:

“The Weekly Times understands the herbicides were contaminated at manufacturer Accensi’s Brisbane plant, when equipment was allegedly not properly cleaned and a cocktail of chemicals contaminated the product.”

According to later reports, some re-sellers hadn’t been aware they had been holding contaminated stock despite a recall having occurred.

It’s a complex sport trying to regulate this stuff, and the APVMA have put out a bit of a non-response saying that they’re still investigating the issue. There’s a potential legal action in this, but it’s going to be hard to demonstrate that yield losses have been due to chemical contamination, and the extent of losses attributable to it. See the APVMA’s response here.

 
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Canola planting information

With prices as they are, there should be plenty of canola going in this year. Rohan Brill from DPI at Wagga has done a timely piece on optimal sowing times for different varieties, and planting the crop into high N situations. No information on southern irrigated systems unfortunately, though it’s still useful. The article is here.
 
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Poll time

This week a poll. Progressive Agriculture has bought a mint condition red 1994 XG Falcon ute with only 147,000 km on the clock. This week’s poll is the question: ‘What was Mrs Progressive Agriculture’s response when told of the purchase?’
 
A. Dismay  
B. Annoyance
C. Concealed arousal
D. All of the above

Answer next week.
Our first podcasts 
My first water podcast, done by H2OX’s Jack Bennetto, will be out in coming days. I’ll send it around when it’s ready. Doing podcasts is a great initiative from H2OX and hopefully there will be more.
 

Roo chaser

There’s a good bloke trying to get an Australian movie about Australia’s car history off the ground. It’s called ‘Roo Chaser’. Check out his Facebook page here.
 
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"Offend and insult"

Here’s everything you need to know about the section 18C debate, courtesy of Monty Python:
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Tractor time

Events starting to dry up with so much cropping activity going on. Get into Tractor Listening while you’re on one (or the header). All the podcasts all been archived on the website here.
 
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