Home' The Loxton News : March 25th 2015 Contents 10 – The Loxton News, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
MDBA total stor-
age decreased by
153GL this week,
with the active stor-
age now at 3930GL
(47 per cent capacity).
Reservoir, the storage decreased by 6GL
to 3029GL (79 per cent capacity). The
release, measured at Colemans gauge, has
been steady at 600ML/day.
At Hume Reservoir, the storage volume
fell by 115GL this week to 884GL (29 per
cent capacity). The release from Hume is
currently around 17,500ML/day.
At Lake Mulwala, irrigation diversions
have remained consistently high, with total
diversions through Mulwala Canal and
the Yarrawonga Main Channel in excess
of 7500ML/day. The Lake Mulwala pool
level is 124.77m AHD and the downstream
release is steady at 9900ML/day.
On the Edward River system, total flow
through the Edward River and Gulpa Creek
offtakes is steady at around 1900ML/day.
On the Goulburn River, the flow at
McCoys Bridge increased this week from
940ML/day to 2300ML/day as a pulse of
water released from Lake Eildon began
entering the Murray.
At Torrumbarry Weir, diversions at
National Channel increased this week
from 2500ML/day to 3200ML/day. As a
result of the greater diversions the flow
downstream of Torrumbarry briefly fell
below 5000ML/day, but is now rising
and expected to increase up to around
7500ML/day over the coming week as the
Goulburn pulse passes.
In the lower Murrumbidgee River, the
flow at Balranald has increased from
250ML/day to 450ML/day as IVT water
traded out of the Murrumbidgee valley is
delivered into the Murray.
Further downstream, the Euston weir
pool level is currently 47.57m AHD,
and planned to be gradually lowered by
approximately 3cm per day to a level of
around 47.35 m AHD (25cm below full
At Menindee Lakes (currently managed
by NSW), the storage volume decreased
by 5GL to 93GL (5 per cent capacity).
Downstream of the storage, releases into
the lower Darling are currently targeting
210 ML/day at Weir 32. At the conflu-
ence of the Darling and Murray Rivers at
Wentworth, the flow is 6300ML/day and
forecast to recede to around 5500ML/day
over the coming week.
At Lake Victoria, the storage volume has
decreased by 28GL to 211GL (31 per cent
capacity). The flow to South Australia was
reduced over the past week from 9800ML/
day to around 6500ML/day. Standard
entitlement flow for South Australia in
March is 6000ML/day, however additional
environmental water is being delivered in
order to maintain freshwater releases into
At the Lower Lakes, the five-day aver-
age water level in Lake Alexandrina
decreased by 1cm to 0.53m AHD. Barrage
releases over the past week are estimated
to be around 3000ML/day.
Berri 220EC units, Waikerie 260,
Mannum 280, Milang 800.
THE POWER OF NUMBERS
It’s often been said, ‘You cannot manage
what you cannot measure’.
In its presentation to the Australian Grape
and Wine Authority (AGWA) last week,
Riverland Wine (RW) presented a number
of data tables, including this one, to illustrate
the power of numbers and to support AGWA’s
2nd Strategic Priority: The imperative to
build high quality industry data.
RW has constructed this table (right) and
other tables from the annual surveys under-
taken by the Phylloxera Board over the past
Executive officer Chris Byrne said: “The
five-year rolling averages table illustrates at
a glance, what might otherwise take many
pages of text to communicate. Clearly the
region’s producers have been working to
manage the so called ‘oversupply’ problem
for more than a decade by restraining supply
and improving the scale of vineyard opera-
He added: “It would be interesting and
helpful if this sort of information could be
made available for all regions across the
country to highlight trends whether they are
positive or negative.”
Members will have the opportunity to dis-
cuss the implications of this and other such
tables at the April meetings to be convened
in each of the major towns during the week
before Anzac Day.
LET’S GET STUCK IN AND HELP
Several of the quiet majority, all very busy
people, have been toiling away during this
hectic time of year to help out their fellow
farmers and grape growers who were devas-
tated by the recent fires in the Adelaide Hills.
Of their own volition, these self-motivat-
ed volunteers have been collecting, sort-
ing, sizing, bundling and carting unwanted
Riverland vineyard posts in their utes and
trailers to help in the massive task of re-es-
tablishing the fences and farms of those who
lost so much.
Robert Gilles, Ian Schroeber, Don Heward
and Omar Najar have been working together
in the Berri/Monash area to make it happen.
Several semi-loads have already been dis-
patched from the Waikerie area by un-named
others. Pickering Transport has taken one
semi-load of 2000 posts down.
That’s a great show of Riverland spirit.
Those at the other end though need hundreds
of thousands of posts.
If you feel compelled to assist with posts or
transport or sorting and sizing, contact Kate
at Riverland Wine and she will liaise with
the volunteers’ team to help our neighbours
in the Hills and Valleys. What better way to
spread the word about the region and its fine
wines and people!
Kate’s number is 8584 5861 or better still,
email your details and what you have to offer
week ending Wednesday, March 18
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
SA CITRUS INDUSTRY REGIONAL FORUM
Preparations are being finalised for
this year’s Regional Forum.
The forum will be held in conjunction
with Citrus Australia Ltd in Waikerie,
with an agenda and invitations going out
to industry shortly.
This year’s forum will cover a wide
range of topics, including an update on
CASAR activities over the previous 12
months and the initiatives we will be
undertaking this season.
There are a wide range of guest speak-
ers from PIRSA, citrus gall wasp experts
Dr Jianhua Mo and Steven Falivene
from NSW DPI, and updates from
Citrus Australia’s David Daniels, Nathan
Hancock and Andrew Harty.
The forum will end with an interactive
session with a broad panel of packers
and marketers discussing the outlook for
this year’s citrus season and longer-term
prospects for our industry.
We urge everyone who is available
to come along for the day and engage
with Citrus Australia, CASAR and all of
the presenters, who are all important
players in setting the future direction of
Date: Wednesday, April 8.
Time: 9am to 1.30pm.
Venue: Waikerie Golf Club, Playford
Refreshments, morning tea and lunch
will be provided. The CASAR committee
looks forward to seeing you there.
CITRUS FORUM AND FIELD DAY
Citrus Technical Forum and Field Day
was held on March 15-16.
The two-day event run by Citrus
Australia was a mix of sit-down presen-
tations, workshops and field trips aimed
specifically at growers and packers.
Citrus Australia’s market develop-
ment manager Andrew Harty said the
event provided growers and packers
with a glimpse into future technologies
and provide a platform for researchers
to showcase their work.
“New technology is the lifeblood of
any primary industry, and the citrus
industry is no exception. Unless we con-
tinue to invest in better ways to grow,
pack and market our products to the
world, we will get left behind,” he said.
“The format of the event encouraged
growers to participate in a setting they
felt comfortable in.
“The forum included displays of new
equipment, products and services by
commercial companies and provided a
great opportunity to network. A seminar
specifically for the packing sector cov-
ered new post-harvest technology and
The two-day event took place at the
Mildura Arts Centre in Mildura, Victoria
on March 16-17 .
It is planned for the event to become
a fixture on the citrus industry calendar
and will complement Citrus Australia’s
Market Outlook Forum held every other
The forum attracted 300 plus citrus
industry representatives eager to learn,
meet and network with like-minded
The attendees included growers, pack-
ers, marketers, exporters, researchers,
government representatives, commer-
cial providers and regional associations.
Key note speaker and California Citrus
Mutual president Joel Nelsen provided
a background on the transition of the
Californian fresh citrus industry over the
years to the success it is today, and inter-
acted extensively with attendees over
the two days of the forum.
Overall the forum resulted in a most
valuable industry event.
CASAR COMMITTEE UPDATE
CASAR is continuing to speak with
the Department of Agriculture, PIRSA,
and Citrus Australia on pursuing the
recognition of our ‘pest free area’ by our
trading partner China. We also continue
to work with the relevant departments
on all matters concerning fruit fly.
Work is continuing on this year’s SA
citrus industry promotion following on
from last year’s ‘Buy a Local Orange’
campaign. Details will be presented at
our forum in April.
CASAR has been developing, with the
State government, an investment report
for the citrus industry. The report will be
finalised shortly and made available to
all interested industry participants and
This is following on from all the
work we did with the ‘Citrus in South
Australia’ brochure, developed with the
State Government last year.
The brochure was developed as a mar-
keting tool for our industry and high-
lighted the premium clean environment
that we grow our citrus in this state.
If you have questions about anything
in this week’s column or an issue that
you would like discussed please con-
tact the chair Con Poulos at (saregion@
citrusaustralia.com.au) or Sam Rogers at
on mobile 0477 110 933.
Tackling herbicide resistance
was a hot topic at the Sustainable
Ag Forum, held at Karoonda,
Over 70 Mallee farmers, industry
consultants, Local Action Planning
staff, NRM group members and Natural
Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin
staff gathered at the Karoonda Football
Clubrooms to hear speakers on the
topic of integrated weed management.
Among the presenters were Peter
Newman, from the Australian Herbicide
Resistance Institute, and Bill ‘No Till
The duo, both agricultural scientists
from Western Australia, shared stories
and case studies from around the coun-
try and Europe.
Their presentations stressed that
landholders have to use non-herbicide
tools to reduce the seed bank, with
many of these technologies being
developed, out of need by farmers
Increasing reliance on IMI herbi-
cides is resulting in that chemical
group showing greatest susceptibility
to herbicide resistance, and rotating
modes of action will not reduce the
seed bank like harvest weed seed
Windrow burning is one method
and the Karoonda forum participants
indicated that this is a technique they
may adopt in the coming years.
Other farmer driven control
methods include the chaff cart and
Harrington seed destroyer.
Herbicide resistance a hot topic
Peter Newman, Western Australian agricultural scientist
discusses herbicide resistance and integrated weed
management at the recent Karoonda Ag Forum.
Local farmers feature in new business manual
Two local farmers feature in
a new business management
manual recently launched
by the Grains Research and
John Gladigau and Robin
Schaefer, of Bulla Burra, have
described their enterprise and expe-
riences in Farming the Business.
The manual is designed for farm-
ers, and their advisers, whose farm
business management knowledge
and skills are at all levels.
Authored by Mike Krause, of
Plan2Profit Agri, the manual fea-
tures farmer case studies to demon-
strate the techniques that those pri-
mary producers have successfully
employed to improve their busi-
GRDC Southern Regional Panel
chair Keith Pengilley says the man-
ual has been produced in response
to an identified need for improved
farm business management skills
throughout the grains industry.
“There is so much more to farm-
ing than simply producing crops
and livestock,” Mr Pengilley said.
“What happens away from the pad-
docks in areas such as finance,
marketing, succession planning,
risk management and farm labour
is critically important.”
Copies are available by calling
1800 11 00 44. While the manual is
free, a postage and handling charge
of $10 applies.
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