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The good moisture

MURPHYS Creek farmer Glenn Heather has experienced good seasons and bad in his 20 years sowing grain crops in the Tarnagulla and Newbridge districts.

But he says conditions this year are the best he has seen.

Glenn was last week sowing in his final paddocks after the district received another 25mm of rain.

“The rain a few weeks back was well timed and then the follow-up has been just perfect,” he said.

“There’s a nice bit of green around and some really good moisture in the paddocks.

“And not just on the surface ... this latest rain has gone down to make ideal conditions for sowing. They are the best I have seen in 20 years.”

Glenn has this season planted about 450 hectares of organic barley and 350 hectares of oats for hay.

“We did the oats early. We like to get them in as soon as possible,” he said.

“And it was a case of watching the weather and getting the timing right to sow the barley. With a bit of luck, the conditions will mean a good crop.”

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