17 November 2021
What’s happening in the First Creek Wetland’s ‘settlement’ pond?An alga has been growing there that hasn’t been recorded in Adelaide for many years.
Date posted: 27 February 2014
Well... another year of cropping in South Australia is complete with most farmers finishing their harvest around Christmas.
It is estimated that around 2.3 million tonnes of barley will be produced by SA farmers in the 2013-14 season from the 925,000 hectares grown. This is an average to above average result.
Since barley crops in South Australia are not irrigated farmers rely solely on rainfall events to keep the crop ticking along. Farmers hope that the rain falls at the right time in the right amount to ensure their crops grow and develop, set the right amount of tillers and ‘fill’ resulting in good quality, plump grains. Other environmental conditions such as wind, frost, humidity and temperature also affect crop production.
Despite these events, growers still achieved an average to above average year. How you ask? It comes down to science and good management. The crops grown these days are a result of years of research and development. They are bred and selected to be more stress tolerant and better suited to harsh Australian conditions. Farmers are also great managers of their land, they use techniques such as no till cropping and weed management to help retain and conserve stored soil water, meaning there is more for the plant to access. See our water use efficiency blog for further info.
According to Primary Industries and Resources South Australia, the South Australian grain industry contributes up to $4.6 billion to the State’s economy.
ABARES 2013, Australian crop report, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Canberra, December, CC BY 3.0.